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Eva Longoria On "Telenovela"

BY DONNA FREYDKIN

So let's talk about that ring, Eva Longoria. That massive sparkler on your finger, announcing your engagement to José "Pepe" Bastón.

"We haven't even begun to think about the wedding. It's been such a surprise. I'm just absorbing it," she says. "I have a lot of moments like this in life. I'm just really blessed. It's not specific to just this moment. I get to experience some pretty cool things in life."

No kidding. Now, Longoria is producing and starring in NBC's "Telenovela," a comedy within a dramedy, about the passionate, smoldering, and downright ridiculous antics of the actors and crew putting together their series. A key character on the show, airing Mondays: the wind machine.

Given that she's as hands-on in front of the camera as she is behind the scenes, did Longoria, as a woman, ever find it hard to be taken seriously?

"Not as a woman -- as an actor. I know what I'm talking about people. Listen to me! That's the barrier. I'm confident because I'm educated in my talent. I'm not an idiot. I'm over-prepared," says Longoria. "People smell fear and insecurity and I definitely don't have either of those."

Longoria exudes self assurance. She's all-business and knows precisely what she wants.

As a boss, she's "hands-on. Encouraging. I'm trusting. I invest in people. I really look for the best in people and I want them to achieve their best," says Longoria, a perfectionist. "I was never scared to move to LA. I knew I would be successful. If I was a dentist, I'd be a highly successful dentist. I don't do anything half-ass."

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LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 23: Actress Eva Longoria celebrates the launch of the Eva Longoria Home Collection only at JCPenney on April 23, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for JCPenney)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 23: Actress Eva Longoria celebrates the launch of the Eva Longoria Home Collection only at JCPenney on April 23, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for JCPenney)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 23: Actress Eva Longoria celebrates the launch of the Eva Longoria Home Collection only at JCPenney on April 23, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for JCPenney)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 23: Actress Eva Longoria celebrates the launch of the Eva Longoria Home Collection only at JCPenney on April 23, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for JCPenney)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - JANUARY 22: Eva Longoria attends Global Navigators: Sharpening the Focus: How U.S. Networks Are Engaging the Hispanic Audience on day 3 of NATPE 2015 at Fontainebleau Miami Beach on January 22, 2015 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Aaron Davidson/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 07: Actress and Executive Producer of 'Vs' Eva Longoria (R) and Dan Silver, Senior Director of Development, ESPN Films, speak onstage during the ESPN Films panel of the 2015 Winter Television Critics Association press tour at the Langham Huntington Hotel & Spa on January 7, 2015 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA - DECEMBER 29: Colombian designer Esteban Cortazar and actress Eva Longoria pose for a photo during the Pre New Year´s Affair in celebration of the Opening of W Bogotá held at Casa de las Ruinas on December 29 2014 in Cartagena, Colombia. (Photo by Gal Schweizer/LatinContent/Getty Images)
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - DECEMBER 14: Eva Longoria on stage at the Global Gift Gala during day five of the 11th Annual Dubai International Film Festival held at White Dubai on December 14, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for DIFF)
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - DECEMBER 14: Eva Longoria attends the Global Gift Gala press conference during day five of the 11th Annual Dubai International Film Festival held at the Madinat Jumeriah Complex on December 14, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for DIFF)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 10: Actor Ansel Elgort (L) and actress Eva Longoria speak during the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Award Nominations and Holiday Display on December 10, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 05: Mr. Brainwash and actress Eva Longoria attend Hublot Bal Harbour Presents: Time is Beautiful with Mr Brainwash and Eva Longoria on December 5, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for Hublot)
MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 03: Eva Longoria attends Rimowa store opening on December 3, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Eva Longoria, Nicole Avant and Giselle Fernandez attend the 2014 Girls Inc. Los Angeles Celebration Luncheon at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on November 19, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 02: (L-R) Eva Longoria, Andie MacDowell, Aimee Mullins and Diane Keaton attend L'Oreal Paris' Ninth Annual Women Of Worth Celebration at The Pierre Hotel on December 2, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 18: Actress Eva Longoria and director Sanjay Rawal attend The New York Premiere of 'Food Chains' at Ford Foundation on November 18, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
SAN ANTONIO, TX - OCTOBER 22: Henry R. Munoz, III, Latino activist and advocate (L) and Eva Longoria, actor, director, producer and activist attend the bus tour kickoff to support Leticia van de Putte for Lieutenant Governor on October 22, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images for Latino Victory Project)
PASADENA, CA - OCTOBER 10: Host Eva Longoria attends the Winner's Walk during the 2014 NCLR ALMA Awards at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on October 10, 2014 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for NCLR)
SAN ANTONIO, TX - OCTOBER 22: (L-R) Eva Longoria, actor, director, producer and activist, State Senator Leticia van de Putte, candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Texas, and Henry R. Munoz, III, Latino activist and advocate attend the bus tour kickoff to support Leticia van de Putte for Lieutenant Governor on October 22, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images for Latino Victory Project)
PASADENA, CA - OCTOBER 10: Host Eva Longoria (L) and professional soccer player Jorge Bernal pose for a selfie photo during arrivals prior the 2014 NCLR ALMA Awards at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on October 10, 2014 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for NCLR)
PASADENA, CA - OCTOBER 10: Hosts Eva Longoria (L) and Mario Lopez onstage during the 2014 NCLR ALMA Awards at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on October 10, 2014 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for NCLR)
PASADENA, CA - OCTOBER 10: Eva Longoria attends the 2014 NCLR ALMA Awards at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on October 10, 2014 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images for NCLR)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 10: Actress Eva Longoria attends the 2014 Variety Power of Women presented by Lifetime at Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons on October 10, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Variety)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 08: Actress Eva Longoria attends the 2014 Princess Grace Awards Gala at Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel on October 8, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 21: Actress/activists Eva Longoria presents the Clinton Global Citizen Leadership in Civil Society Award at the 8th Annual Clinton Global Citizen Awards at Sheraton Times Square on September 21, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
MARBELLA, SPAIN - JULY 20: Eva Longoria and Jose Antonio Baston are seen on July 20, 2014 in Marbella, Spain. (Photo by Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images)
MARBELLA, SPAIN - JULY 20: Eva Longoria attends the Global Gift Gala 2014 red carpet to help raise money for The Eva Longoria Foundation on July 20, 2014 in Marbella, Spain. (Photo by Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images)
MARBELLA, SPAIN - JULY 19: Eva Longoria attends the Global Gift Celebrity Golf Tournament to help raise money for The Eva Longoria Foundation on July 19, 2014 in Marbella, Spain. (Photo by Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images)
MARBELLA, SPAIN - JULY 18: Eva Longoria attends a charity party on July 18, 2014 in Marbella, Spain. (Photo by Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images)
CENTURY CITY, CA - JUNE 11: Actress Eva Longoria attends the Women In Film, Los Angeles Presents the 2014 Crystal + Lucy Awards at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel on June 11, 2014 in Century City, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Actress Eva Longoria arrives at the 42nd AFI Life Achievement Award honoring Jane Fonda, in Hollywood, California June 5, 2014. AFP PHOTO / Valerie Macon (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 19: Eva Longoria attends the 'Foxcatcher' premiere during the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 19, 2014 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 17: Actress Eva Longoria attends the 'Saint Laurent' premiere during the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 17, 2014 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 16: Actress Eva Longoria attends the Global Gift Gala hosted by Eva Longoria during the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 2014 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
US actress Eva Longoria poses as she arrives to attend 'The Global Gift Gala', a charity event, at the Four Seasons Hotel George V, on May 12, 2014 in Paris. The event, chaired by Eva Longoria and presented by French-Greek TV host Nikos Aliagas, aims to raise funds for charities. AFP PHOTO / PIERRE ANDRIEU (Photo credit should read PIERRE ANDRIEU/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: Actress and executive producer Eva Longoria attends Tribeca Talks: After the Movie: Food Chains - 2014 Tribeca Film Festival at SVA Theater on April 26, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 19: L'Oreal ambassadors Eva Longoria (L) and Megan Gale pose as they arrive at a VIP event as part of the 2014 Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival at Vue De Monde on March 19, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Graham Denholm/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD,CA - MARCH 10: Actress Eva Longoria attends the HBO Documentary Films' 'Paycheck To Paycheck' at Linwood Dunn Theater at the Pickford Center for Motion Study on March 10, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actress Eva Longoria attends The Lourdes Foundation 'Leadership in the 21st Century' Event with His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama at the California Science Center on February 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images for The Lourdes Foundation)
MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 05: (L-R) Actor Kevin Spacey, Photographer Randall Slavin, and Actress Eva Longoria attend Moments In Motion, An Exclusive Unveiling Of Never Before Seen Photos At De Nolet, Miami For Art Basel on December 5, 2013 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images for Ketel One)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 19: Eva Longoria and Victoria Beckham attend the London Global Gift Gala at ME Hotel on November 19, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 24: Actress Eva Longoria attends the Premiere Of Canon's Project Imaginat10n Film Festival at Alice Tully Hall on October 24, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Canon's Project Imaginat10n)
PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 27: Actress Eva Longoria attends the Producer's post party during the 2013 NCLR ALMA Awards on September 27, 2013 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for NCLR)
PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 27: Comedian Erik Rivera and actress Eva Longoria pose backstage during the 2013 NCLR ALMA Awards at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on September 27, 2013 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images for NCLR)
PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 27: Actress Eva Longoria (L) and host Mario Lopez speak onstage during the 2013 NCLR ALMA Awards at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on September 27, 2013 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for NCLR)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 13: Host Eva Longoria attends Hollywood Foreign Press Association's 2013 Installation Luncheon at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 13, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
MARBELLA, SPAIN - AUGUST 03: Eva Longoria attends the Global Gift Gala Golf Tournament on August 3, 2013 in Marbella, Spain. (Photo by Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images)
PACIFIC PALISADES, CA - JUNE 17: (L-R) Actresses Edy Ganem, Dania Ramirez and Ana Ortiz and executive producer Eva Longoria attend the premiere of Lifetime Original Series 'Devious Maids' after party on June 17, 2013 in Pacific Palisades, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 07: Eva Longoria poses for photographers at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Capitol Hill during the YWCA USA Women of Distinction Awards Gala on June 7, 2013 in Washington, United States. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)
US actress Eva Longoria poses on May 18, 2013 as she arrives for the screening of the film 'Jimmy P. Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian' presented in Competition at the 66th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes. Cannes, one of the world's top film festivals, opened on May 15 and will climax on May 26 with awards selected by a jury headed this year by Hollywood legend Steven Spielberg. AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO PIZZOLI (Photo credit should read ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 17: Actress Eva Longoria attends the Premiere of 'Le Passe' (The Past) during The 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 17, 2013 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 30: Actress Eva Longoria attends the Ferragamo Celebrates The Launch Of L'Icona Highlighting The 35th Anniversary Of Vara at The McKittrick Hotel, Home of Sleep No More on April 30, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Jennifer Graylock/Getty Images for Ferragamo)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 18: Actress Eva Longoria attends the Juror Welcome Lunch during the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival at Tribeca Grill Loft on April 18, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - MARCH 11: Actress Eva Longoria attends the 2013 Laureus World Sports Awards at the Theatro Municipal Do Rio de Janeiro on March 11, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images For Laureus)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 07: Eva Longoria attends the Sheba. Feed Your Passion Campaign launch at Copacabana on March 7, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 13: Actress Eva Longoria joins Conde Nast Traveler as they celebrate The Leading Hotels Of The World 85th Anniversary at Mr. C Beverly Hills on February 13, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Conde Nast Traveler)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 20: Actress Eva Longoria speaks at Latino Inaugural 2013: In Performance at Kennedy Center at The Kennedy Center on January 20, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Latino Inaugural 2013)
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