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Eva Longoria has big plans for Grand Hotel

Eva Longoria is wearing four hats. Not literally, of course. It’s early September, and as she sits on the set of her upcoming ABC show, Grand Hotel (premiering June 17), she’s filling the roles of executive producer, director, actor, and mom, oftentimes all at once. In the past hour alone, she has directed a scene,…

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Eva Longoria is wearing four hats. Not literally, of course. It’s early September, and as she sits on the set of her upcoming ABC show, Grand Hotel (premiering June 17), she’s filling the roles of executive producer, director, actor, and mom, oftentimes all at once. In the past hour alone, she has directed a scene, rehearsed another, made a decision regarding the blinds on a new set, and breastfed her 2-month-old son, Santiago, and is now sitting down for an interview while she eats lunch. (At least until her son wakes up from his nap and she resumes directing while holding him.)

“I prefer to do all three,” Longoria says of acting, directing, and producing. “I felt like I wasn’t reaching my full potential as a human when I was just acting, so when I was on the set of Desperate Housewives, I used that time of my life as film school. It was [eight seasons] on a set. If you don’t learn something, you’re not paying attention.”

That mentality is the foundation of Longoria’s stunningly efficient work ethic, and she credits it to the most basic fact about her: that she’s a woman. “In life, being a woman is a disadvantage,” she says between bites of a turkey wrap, pausing briefly to answer a question from her makeup artist (because don’t forget that she’s also getting in front of the camera today). “Women have to work twice as hard. That’s why women are very prepared.” And that’s why Longoria has surrounded herself with women on this set, where her director of photography and two assistant directors are female, a rarity in Hollywood. “Women operate from a different engine [than men], and it’s so fun to work with like-minded people,” she says.

When it comes to this show, representation behind the camera isn’t the only thing of which Longoria is proud. In front of the camera, Grand Hotel — a remake of the Spanish series Gran Hotel that follows the drama within the walls of a family-owned hotel in Miami — boasts a cast composed mostly of Latino actors. “Diversity is a word thrown around so much, and so many people do it to check a box,” Longoria says. “For us, casting was organically Hispanic, because [the show is based] in Miami. We’re not just checking a box. We are being authentic to the world.”

It’s a fight that’s very personal for Longoria, 44, a Texas native who struggled to land roles when she came to Hollywood in 1998. “I wasn’t ‘Latin enough.’ And then I would go out for the Jane Smith roles, and I was ‘too Latin,’” she says. “Not everybody has an accent, not every story has to be a drug cartel, not everything has to be so boxed into our preconceptions of what Latino is. I operate from my perspective, and my perspective is that I am as American as apple pie, but I love mariachi music. You can be both. You can be layered and multifaceted, and those are the characters I want to show, particularly with women.”

Longoria fights for equality off screen, too, as a cofounder of the Time’s Up movement, which aims to create safe and fair work environments for women. The organization marked its first anniversary Jan. 1, and Longoria takes pride in a number of milestones, from the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund (which provides women who experience sexual misconduct in the workplace with legal and public relations assistance) to Rotten Tomatoes incorporating more female critics. But there’s still plenty of work to be done. “We’re facing the right direction,” Longoria says. “I don’t know if we’ve taken a step yet.”

But on the set of Grand Hotel, where she and costar Roselyn Sanchez are rehearsing their next scene, each with a young child on her hip, Longoria has managed to create an environment that feels like a step in the right direction.
Grand Hotel premieres Monday, June 17, at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.
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The Notorious R.B.G.: How Ruth Bader Ginsburg became an unlikely pop culture icon

R.I.P. to the Notorious R.B.G. Ruth Bader Ginsburg is perhaps the best-known Supreme Court Justice in American history, an unlikely celebrity in a country where most people can’t name a single member of the nation’s highest court. Her death on Friday provoked a massive outpouring of grief, a show of mourning on a scale rarely…

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R.I.P. to the Notorious R.B.G. Ruth Bader Ginsburg is perhaps the best-known Supreme Court Justice in American history, an unlikely celebrity in a country where most people can’t name a single member of the nation’s highest court. Her death on Friday provoked a massive outpouring of grief, a show of mourning on a scale rarely if ever seen in response to a justice’s passing. But more than that, Ginsburg held — and continues to hold — a space in pop culture completely unique to her, a fixture of memes, merchandise, and the cultural lexicon in a manner truly unprecedented for an American jurist. How, exactly, did that happen?

As only the second woman ever appointed to the Supreme Court (after Justice Sandra Day O’Connor), Ginsburg held a place as a feminist symbol bolstered by her lifelong advocacy for women’s rights. Yet her pop-cultural stardom wasn’t cemented until two decades into her tenure on the Court, with a series of strongly worded, tightly composed dissenting opinions. Many observers cite O’Connor’s 2006 retirement, which left Ginsburg the only woman on the Court, as a key turning point in her judicial career. The next year, she read two stinging dissents aloud from the bench, then a rare move to signal intense disagreement with the Court’s decision. The New York Times noted that the term would “be remembered as the time when Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg found her voice, and used it.”

In 2013, after another round of furious dissents — particularly in the landmark Shelby County v. Holder case, which gutted the 1965 Voting Rights Act — NYU law student Shana Knizhnik launched the Notorious R.B.G. Tumblr, riffing on the moniker of iconic rapper The Notorious B.I.G., who, like Ginsburg, was a native of Brooklyn. The internet, as it’s wont to do, ran with it. A proliferation of memes and merchandise quickly ensued, with another dissenting opinion from Ginsburg, in the 2014 Burwell v. Hobby Lobby case, boosting the viral sensation.

“The name is obviously a reference to Notorious B.I.G., who is this large, imposing rapper, a really powerful figure; and Ruth Bader Ginsburg is this 90-pound Jewish grandmother,” Knizhnik told The New Republic that year. “The juxtaposition of the two made it humorous, but is also a celebration of how powerful she really is.”
The viral phenomenon became a full-blown cultural phenomenon over the next several years. Kate McKinnon debuted her impression of Ginsburg on Saturday Night Live in 2015, playing the justice as a foulmouthed rabble-rouser fond of lobbing “Gins-burns” at opponents. A documentary about Ginsburg (titled simply RBG) was released in 2018, along with a biopic, On the Basis of Sex, starring Felicity Jones as a young Ginsburg embarking on her legal career. Movies ranging from Deadpool 2 to Booksmart to The Lego Movie 2 gave her shout-outs.

But Ginsburg’s iconic status was truly galvanized by Donald Trump’s election in 2016. As the oldest justice on the bench and the de facto leader of the Court’s left-leaning faction, Ginsburg became a champion for liberals who dreaded Trump’s potential to shape the future of the Court. She was no longer merely a judicial hero; she was a symbolic barrier against a decades-long conservative Supreme Court majority. Her workout routine to stay fit and healthy soon became another part of the R.B.G. mythos.

For her part, Ginsburg — typically soft-spoken and reserved in public, despite her fiery dissents — usually spoke of her newfound status with demure amusement. “I haven’t seen anything that isn’t either pleasing or funny on the website,” she told Katie Couric of the “Notorious” Tumblr in 2014. “I think she has created a wonderful thing with Notorious R.B.G. I will admit I had to be told by my law clerks, what’s this Notorious, and they explained that to me, but the website is something I enjoy, all of my family do.” The same year, the justice said she had “quite a large supply” of “Notorious R.B.G.” T-shirts, and that she gave them out as gifts.

Of course, Ginsburg’s foremost concerns were always the law, human rights, and movement for change. Speaking at the Sundance premiere of RBG in 2018, the justice said, “I’d like to see this Court do the job that it has been doing for now well over 200 years, to do it in a way that’s faithful to the Constitution that I believe was made to govern us through the ages, for one generation to the next. I have said many times that our Constitution starts with the words, ‘We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union.’ I hope I can continue to be part of making that more perfect union.”

She also expressed her hope that more women would follow the path she blazed. “The more women who are out there doing things, the better off all of us will be for it,” she said. “That’s something that my dear colleague Sandra Day O’Connor often said: the more women who are out there doing things, the more young women will have the courage to go on. And I am heartened by the number of women who will be in races for our Congress and governorships and state legislative positions. It was a favorite expression of Martin Luther King, Jr.: ‘The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.’”

That’s the true legacy of the Notorious R.B.G.: Doing her utmost to bend that arc toward justice, and inspiring others — through memes, dissents, or otherwise — to do the same.
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