9 of Eva Longoria’s best quotes on being Latina

Ladies and gentlemen, Eva Longoria has officially entered her fourth decade, though we must admit she doesn’t look a day over 25! The Mexican-American actress,…

Eva Longoria has entered the fourth decade! We celebrate the actress’ 40th birthday with some of her best quotes on being Latina. (Photo: Getty Images)

Ladies and gentlemen, Eva Longoria has officially entered her fourth decade, though we must admit she doesn’t look a day over 25!

The Mexican-American actress, producer and philanthropist celebrates her 40th birthday Sunday, forming part of the “Sexy Latinas over 40″ club formed of stars such as Sofia Vergara, Jennifer Lopez, Salma Hayek and Cameron Diaz.

SEE ALSO: Eva Longoria is Harvard University’s Artist of the Year

While Longoria celebrates her big, big, big day with her novio, family and friends, we say “Feliz Cumpleaños” by putting nine of her best quotes on being Latina.

1) “I’m trying to do my part as a citizen. My part as a Hispanic. My part as a woman. As an American. I enjoy it. I think everybody should be civically engaged in a level that will affect policy.”

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2) “I’m very proud of my sisters and everything they’ve accomplished and done. I’m very proud of where I came from.”

Eva Longoria married basketball player Tony Parker, seven years younger than her, and ended up divorcing him. After the divorce, the beautiful actress was seen for a year with Eduardo Cruz, the brother of Penelope Cruz. There was a difference of 10 years between them. Then, at 38-years-old, she dated the football player Mark Sanchez, a 26-year-old athlete. It seems that this choice of men has worked for her in one way or another, as she continues to look stunning, youthful, and sexy as always! (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)(Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Eva Longoria is stunning, youthful, and sexy as always! (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

3) “Even though I am very tied to and close to my heritage, I learned Spanish in college; I didn’t grow up with it. Growing up in South Texas is different from Miami or L.A. where it is a necessity to speak Spanish.”

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4) “I could never give up Mexican food. Nachos are usually my go-to if I’m courtside at an NBA game.”

Eva Longoria sits courtside to watch a basketball game.

FILE: No nachos here, but Eva Longoria’s hobnobbing with the McCain’s as she watches an NBA All-Star game.(Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

5) “Immigration is not the top issue for Latinos. Latinos are like every other American – economy, jobs, healthcare, education.”

Besides showbiz, Longoria’s passions include philanthropy and politics. She’s committed to encouraging Latin women to further their education and start entrepreneur programs. (Photo by Dan Hallman/Invision/AP)

6) “In the Mexican culture, we never miss a baptism, a birthday, a baby shower, a wedding shower, a wedding. You must show up. Otherwise, you’ll be in big trouble.”

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7) “Who I am at the core and what I think represents me is really reflected in my family.”

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SEE ALSO: Eva Longoria is ready to settle down with Televisa’s president

8) “I don’t regret anything I ever do or say. I don’t like to live my life being censored. I like to say what I feel, and I think people respect that because you’re honest.”

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9) “I love being a woman. I love the sexiness we get to exude. But the best thing about being a woman is the power we have over men.”

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