Is Eva Longoria Related to Evan Longoria?

Famous families are not unheard of in Hollywood. From the Olsen sisters to the Hemsworth brothers, theres no shortage of family talent in showbiz. Desperate Housewives actor Eva Longoria and major league baseball player Evan Longoria are another pair that many people have wondered about in the past. Take a look at both of their careers and find out if the two celebrities are actually related. 

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Eva Longoria’s journey in the spotlight

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Eva Longoria is most often associated with her time on Desperate Housewives. The ABC series ran for eight seasons before sadly coming to an end in 2012. After Desperate Housewives Eva Longoria made appearances on shows like Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Telenovela. More recently, the talented and beautiful actor played Carmen in the 2020 film Sylvie’s Love. However, before her days on Wisteria Lane, Eva Longoria appeared in a few soap operas. 

Her fans and followers might be surprised to learn that she actually was in over three hundred episodes of The Young and the Restless. From 1976 to 2003 Eva Longoria played Isabella Braña Williams. The actor also very briefly appeared on General Hospital as a “Brenda Barrett Lookalike”. IMDb has outlined her impressive and remarkable career, and it doesn’t seem like the star plans on stopping anytime soon. 

A closer look into Evan Longoria’s career 

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Evan Longoria, also known as Longo in the MLB, is well-known for his baseball skills. Just recently, the talented player was celebrated for getting the San Francisco Giants the team’s first run of the season. When Evan Longoria’s career was taking off he was drafted to the Tampa Bay Rays. After spending a decade playing for Florida, Evan Longoria shifted his career to San Francisco where he joined the Giants. Since Longoria is a native of California many imagined it was a move he would appreciate. 

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Evan Longoria, a popular player from the MLB, and Eva Longoria, one of Hollywood’s most famous actors, have very similar names, but are they actually related? During a Wired interview, Eva Longoria answered the question once and for all. Though the pair are not related at all, Eva Longoria did share a funny anecdote behind their extremely similar and shared name.

The actor explained that Desperate Housewives was at its peak when Evan Longoria’s baseball career was getting started. As a result, when the rookie would go up to bat, the crowd would often chant “Eva, Eva, Eva”. The baseball player didn’t love it, but it must have not bothered the professional athlete too much since he went on to win Rookie of the Year.

When Eva Longoria heard about the news, she sent the baseball celebrity some champagne with a note apologizing about their name similarities. When Evan Longoria received the actor’s thoughtful gift he returned the gesture and sent Eva Longoria one of his signed jerseys and a message explaining that he finds the uncanny coincidence to be an honor.