In Hollywood, plenty of actors get their start on popular soap operas. The medium serves as a training ground for many performers and teaches them how to memorize and perform scripts with a rapid-fire turnaround time. Because the television shows move so quickly, soaps can help actors learn agility. Furthermore, being in soap opera can also provide a steady paycheck. Eva Longoria is amongst the many actors who got their start on a soap. For years, Longoria starred on the wildly popular show The Young and the Restless. However, she admits that she didn’t want anyone to know about her role.

The Young and the Restless stars Doug Davidson and Eva Longoria
‘The Young and the Restless’ stars Doug Davidson and Eva Longoria | CBS via Getty Images

Eva Longoria got her first big break on ‘The Young and the Restless’

Longoria is best known for her role as Gabrielle Solis on Desperate Housewives. But a year before she took on the role of the suburban mom, she was starring in The Young and the Restless. From 2001 to 2003, Longoria was a regular on the long-running soap opera. Though the actor had previously starred in one episode of Beverly Hills, 90210, and one episode of General Hospital, playing Isabella Braña was her first big TV break. In fact, Longoria starred in a whopping 148 episodes of the show throughout her tenure on The Young and the Restless.

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