Hispanic women without children can confront layers of cultural traditions about motherhood head-on, even if childlessness wasn’t their choice. For actress and NotMom Eva Longoria, it’s her life, and she’ll lead it as she chooses. She’s not afraid to make her feelings public, delivered with a dazzling smile. You don’t have to be Hispanic to feel ‘role model’ vibes oozing from her direction.
Since her divorce from second husband NBA star Tony Parker in 2011, lot of folks have wondered if Ms. Longoria, 38, is concerned about her ticking biological clock. Hell of a question to be asked with a microphone in your face, but she cleared things up nicely in an interview with Access Hollywood last September. No way to get this twisted:
“No, I’m not one of those women that’s like, ‘Oh, I must procreate!’ I don’t think if I’m 50 and single – I’m not going to go and [have a baby] by myself,” she said.
In fact, Ms. Longoria is chasing dreams far beyond motherhood and Hollywood, too. In May 2013, she earned a Masters degree from California State University/Northridge. Her focus? Chicano studies.
And, while a third marriage isn’t totally out of the question, she said, “I’ve been married twice, so that’s been there, done that! I think kids are a product of love, so if you find the right person and you want to have a family with that person, then that’s when the time is right.”
It was Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, also a NotMom, who famously spoke of “wise Latinas” who use the breadth of their experiences to make good choices. By that definition, Ms. Longoria is one wise Latina. Beyond these two, Google doesn’t find much when it looks for ‘childless Latinas’. A few blog posts and this article from 1995 are among the slim pickings. It’s obvious that’s won’t be the case for much longer. Eva Longoria is part of the reason why.
(Image Credit: AP Photo/Evan Agostini)