Congratulations are in order for longtime actress and activist, Eva Longoria! Starting off her career on the hit soap opera The Young and the Restless and her eight-year role on Desperate Housewives, the now Devious Maids star is one of the two Latinas from Corpus Christi, Texas who will be receiving their spot on the iconic Hollywood Hall of Fame. The second 2017 Hollywood Walk of Fame Honoree will be the late Tejana singer Selena Quintanilla. On a phone interview with NBC Latino, Longoria discussed her excitement in receiving the special award and even more, alongside her idol.
“OMG I’m so honored to be receiving a STAR on the Hollywood Walk of Fame!,” said Longoria. “I remember moving to Hollywood nearly 20 years ago and going straight to the iconic street and look at the stars and saying ‘I wanna have a star on this street one day!’ I remember it so clear, I was on the corner of La Brea and Hollywood Blvd.”
I think I’m most excited to share this honor with my idol from my hometown Selena Quintanilla! Two small … https://t.co/m73PYsQeRu
— Eva Longoria Baston (@EvaLongoria) June 29, 2016
Quintanilla released five Spanish-language albums before her tragic death in 1995, and one English-language LP, “Dreaming of You,” posthumously. She easily became the top Latino artist in both Mexico and the U.S. before her death. Fans all over still idolize the late singer til this day, including Longoria. “What makes this even sweeter is that I stand side by side with my idol Selena Quintanilla!,” she continued. “Corpus girls representing!” The actress took to Instagram to publicly thank the late singer yesterday (June 30).
I could never have dreamed that one day I would receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. But even more ironic is that the same year I receive my star, so does my idol, my inspiration, my fellow Tejana, my fellow Corpus Christi native, Selena Quintanilla. She was the reason I even dared to dream that a better life was possible. And that that life didn’t have to distance you from where you came from. So many people become famous and leave a place without ever crediting it with the role it played in shaping their lives. Selena was proud of being from Corpus Christi, Texas. And that made me proud to be from Corpus. She blazed the way for all of us and I will be forever grateful to her for not only that but for the pure joy I felt when I got to see her perform. Her smile, her charisma, her beauty put every single person who watched her under a spell. Thank you Selena. I know I will receive my star on the Walk of Fame because you dared to dream it first. ???
The dates for the ceremonies are set to be announced approximately one week prior to each artist’s ceremony.