Eva Longoria Tackles Immigration In 'Frontera'

Eva Longoria Tackles Immigration In 'Frontera'

Eva Longoria visits Billy Bush and Kit Hoover on Access Hollywood Live to talk about her gritty role in the drama “Frontera,” which tells the story of an immigrant family that takes place on the Mexican-U.S. border. Why did she pursue her role? And, why did Eva feel that telling a balanced story about this controversial issue was necessary? “Frontera” opens in select cities September 5 and is available now on video on demand.

That's next. . Eva Longoria takes on a gritty role to say the least. A drama that takes place on the mexican-u.s. Border. She has produced a new documentary called food chain. Are you a very, very busy woman, Eva Longoria. Thank you. I want to start with Frontera you went after this. Why did you want the role? You know, it was the first story I to the really humanized a really hot topic today which is immigration. At the core this music is a love story between Michael penna and I, it happened to be set against this issue happening on our border. So it's one story of one family that's happening every day on our borders. It's really, really touching and you kind of remember there is people behind policies and there's people behind these laws and there's people behind this rhetoric and so you go, oh, that's kind of compelling. Did you find easier less taxing time better spent, you know, making a point of view like this that humanizes a major issue over let's say standing up at a campaign rally and speaking, which makes you, puts you in the lightning bolt category? Right. Right. It's a little polarizing sometimes. So many celebs have backed off, George Clooney used to speak a lot. Ben Affleck, not a people anymore. They're doing different things, George is doing different things. You stumble along the way, you figure out where you are most efficient. Where your voice can be heard the loudest. You think as actors or artists, the reasons they do do you meanries mean loumt do you mean ri /- /- documentarys, you have to do testing. After this role to the director, look, I know all about this. You didn't want this to be a movie about choosing sides. Yeah, for the, the movie, you see it, it just presents the issue. You go, wow, you see both sides, you see, you know, the people that are on the border, the minutemen the vigilantes, you see why and then you see, you know, the other side of the humanity behind what happens when bad things happen to good people. You see a good man coming across, you see in his wife. You trying afterwards and coming into a horrible circumstance across the border. There is also as many great people as there are coming across. As you. What do you think the issue is while we're here. You look at someone like senator Marco Rubio, he says lock down the borders first, more border agents, higher fence, let's take care of that problem then turn our attention to the undocumented, you know, people in America right now and work out something with them because they're here now, have you the other side, another Latino, Ted Cruz and his republican at the party they want everyone out. That's why it's called comprehensive immigration reform. We're trying to do it all at once, there is a guest worker program that feeds to be fixed. We can not deny we have a huge industry dependent upon agriculture. If you want to pay $12 for a head of broccoli, yeah, let's deport everybody, this doesn't make economic sense. It's an economic imperative we fix the immigration reform him we have the people currently here that fall under data, kids brought here they didn't break the law. Their parents may have come here under different circumstances, then we have pathway to securing the border. There is a lot of different components in all these moving parts, all we come up with is wow, this system is broken. Before the border, I went to the border if Arizona with border patrol we talked to farmers, the M mort Chu wear. They can't keep enough bodies, nobody is coming to claim them. You go, wow, border patrol. They're horrible. They're not. They're actually amazing people trying to do a tough job, why are you hiring these people? We don't have labor, our farms go follow, then we can't support their economy or their family. Then you talk to the farm workers, why are they coming across? So everybody is the bad guy in this situation they're pointing the finger at everybody else. That's what I love about this movie, you see all the sides. I was wondering, do you fix it all at once or piece by piece? It's hard. That's why our president -- That's why smarter people. I want to talk about your look in the movie. You gained some weight. No makeup. How did you do it? Come on, that's got to be the best. I like doing movie, I don't like doing this the hair and makeup every day, yeah, I definitely had black. It was really dark like monotone, I gained a little weighing. How much weight? Oh, good, for me five pounds is like because I'm 4' 2". How'd you do it? Wine, I drink michaelries. You gain, I go here first. You get the face? Your performance is great. I got to tell you. I've never seen anything like this. Like never. From you. What were you thinking? Oh, god, I don't know. It's hard, this was very, very all encompassing and challenging and time consuming and I'm not a fan of, I'm a fan of TV, I like the medium of television. You like to grow with the character. I do. Film is a lot harder for me. You go do the performance. You leave it. I hope you like it in a year from now when I'm done. What were you like? What was it like? Oh, yes, that was really hard to do. I have to go back and remember it. In TV, I like kind of going with a character and living with a character for a long time in there let's talk about TV and the changing environment of TV. It's looking good at the empys, a woman told me it's a good time to be a woman in television. Let's go down memory lane. I love it. Of course we are. Guess what birthday is coming up soon? You should be with me. I was with you on the 30th. We've got videotape to prove it. Eva Longoria was here. There is no tequila involved. It's coming. 1-800-dentist,