Who did Eva Longoria play on The Young and the Restless?

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 12: Eva Longoria attends the 95th Annual Academy Awards on March 12, 2023 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 12: Eva Longoria attends the 95th Annual Academy Awards on March 12, 2023 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images) /
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Before Eva Longoria became a household name due to her work on Desperate Housewives as Gabrielle Solis, she had a starring role on The Young and the Restless. The beloved daytime soap, which is celebrating 50 years on the air in 2023, has been a platform that’s helped launch young actors and made the storied careers of soap vets who’ve established iconic characters in Genoa City.

While on Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace?–streaming on HBO Max–the legendary host surprised Longoria with a clip from her time acting on the soap. The actress laughed and told an unexpected story in which she admitted she’d actually hidden that she’d been on the show while filming for it. Her day job was as a head hunter for a temp agency, and she didn’t want her clients to see her as “a dumb actress” so she concealed her connection to the soap.

The Young and the Restless vet Eric Braeden took issue with the segment on Chris Wallace’s program and made his grievances known on Twitter. Of course, this has led to curiosity over the role Longoria played on the daytime drama. Here’s what we know!

Who did Eva Longoria play on The Young and the Restless?

Longoria originated the character Isabella Braña, a mentally ill woman who had an affair with Paul Williams that resulted in the birth of their son, Ricky. At the time, Paul was married to Christine Blair. Longoria’s storylines with Isabella involved her making Christine’s life a living hell and scheming to the point of ruin. She was characterized as evil and out of her mind. Isabella’s first episode was on March 8, 2001 and her run finished on August 15, 2003.

In a 2004 interview, Longoria had the following to say about the character:

"I feel like I’ve been very lucky in the roles I’ve played over the past several years. Isabella, for example, was so complex, so full of anger and love at the same time. She was a challenged to play."

While Eva Longoria’s time on The Young and the Restless wasn’t long, she is counted among the ranks of big name stars who cut their teeth in the soap world before finding success in other fields of the entertainment industry.

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