Published December 14, 2005
NEW YORK – "Desperate Housewives" star Eva Longoria went to the lunch this year.
"Yes, I did [go to the lunch]," Longoria told The Post. "It's like six different stations, where you go table-to-table and everybody asks you a question and gets to know you."
The sultry actress, who plays flirty Gabrielle Solis on the ABC megahit, snared a nomination Tuesday along with co-stars Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross and Teri Hatcher.
Longoria, who missed last year's HFPA lunch because she was visiting a dying aunt in Texas, likened the lunch to "an all-day interview."
"They talked to me about my life, about the show and about how I feel about the show," she said.
Longoria, also snubbed for an Emmy nomination last year, has become one of TV's best-known faces -- with "Housewives" regularly drawing 25 million viewers and her face gracing dozens of magazine covers.
Longoria was asked if she feels validated after Tuesday's nomination.
"No -- I'm validated every day I get to go to work and I'm very grateful to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association," she said. "It's such a blessing as an actor to be recognized -- I must be blessed, to be able to do what I do every day and work with these wonderful women."
Longoria said she learned about her nomination when her phone rang early Tuesday morning.
"I was asleep and my sister called and said, 'Congratulations! You got nominated!' and I was like, 'No, I didn't. Somebody would've called me by now.'
"Then my manager and my agent called," she said. "I talked to Marcia early in the morning, after it happened, and I left Felicity and Teri messages."