LOS ANGELES, Apr 19 (Reuters) Eva Longoria is annoyed. The Latina beauty on hit television show ''Desperate Housewives'' is bugged by all the newspaper, magazine and Web gossip about her sex life when there are more important issues to think about.
She is as comfortable talking about US immigration policy and the plight of migrant farm workers as she is having her bikini-clad body on a mega-sized magazine cover spread out in the Nevada desert so that it can be seen from outer space.
Longoria, 31, is a beauty, but her brain is big, too, and she wants folks to know it. So when the media focus on her sex life with boyfriend Tony Parker, as happened last month, Longoria gets irritated.
''It's annoying, absolutely,'' she told Reuters ahead of Friday's US release of her new movie, thriller ''The Sentinel,'' in which she portrays a rookie US Secret Service agent.
''I respect good journalism. I respect certain newspapers and certain publications, and they are just watered down by the bounty for gossip and pictures and information that is irrelevant and uninteresting,'' she said.
Of course, a lot of that attention comes from the image she has built as a sexpot. She was among People magazine's ''50 Most Beautiful People'' and was No. 1 on Maxim magazine's ''Hot 100'' list of sexy women. She called the publicity ''flattering,'' but added it was Hollywood's star making machine talking, not her.
Longoria skyrocketed to stardom in 2004 in ''Desperate Housewives'' as the sexy Gabrielle Soliz whose skin-tight jeans and skimpy dresses often raise the eyebrows -- not to mention the ire -- of the other neighbourhood wives.
The show premiered on US TV and became an instant hit. It averages more than 20 million US viewers weekly and is now a global phenomenon seen in 200 countries.
PRESIDENTIAL POLITICS But beyond the Hollywood glitz, Longoria holds a degree in kinesiology from Texas A&M University -- Kingsville. She is a spokeswoman for Padres Contra el Cancer, which is dedicated to helping Latino children with the disease, and works with the United Farm Workers labour union.
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