says she's a naturally cheerful person, but
her sense of optimism comes directly from her family.
"I've learned there's no better medicine than laughing," says the Desperate Housewives
star, who opens up about her family to Parade
"(My sister) Liza is mentally challenged. She was my hero growing up," she says. "It was a blessing to watch her overcome every obstacle – tying
her shoes, putting on a shirt, getting out the front door. And yet she still
had a job and would come home on the bus by herself and help with dinner.
You could only imagine the hurdles she encountered every minute of the day."
In fact she says her sister helped her career in some ways. "Liza was a role
model to get me ready for life in Hollywood," says Longoria. "You don't take
health for granted. You don't take life for granted. It seems so
insignificant to go, 'Darn it, I didn't get that movie role,' or, 'Darn it,
so-and-so is wearing the same dress as me to the Emmys.' "
And having a supportive mother also helped Longoria learn to follow her
heart. "My mother is the most non-judgmental person in the world. When I
said, 'I'm going to L.A. to be an actress,' she told me, 'All right. I hope
that makes you happy.' "
Longoria say's she's as happy as she's ever been. "I love my husband with
all my heart," she says of Tony Parker. "I love my family. And I love my
girlfriends. And I live my job. And I love my dogs. I love life, in