Eva Longoria honored domestic workers at a glitzy Oscar’s Watch Party in partnership with the National Domestic Workers Alliance and Participant Media on Sunday night in Los Angeles.
The mother-of-one kicked-off Hollywood’s biggest night alongside friends and supporters including activists Dolores Huerta, Tarana Burke and Monica Ramirez, as well as actors Karla Souza, Mishel Prada, Ser Anzoategui, Rosanna Arquette, Rashida Jones, June Diane Raphael, Melinna Bobadilla, JM Longoria and Kendrick Sampson.
Organizers hope the success of the Netflix drama, which took home three Academy Awards, will help to shine a light on domestic workers in the United States.
I think a movie like Roma is very important, specifically for the Latino community because we get villainized every day by this administration,” Longoria said on the red carpet.
To see a story humanized, the role that a domestic worker has, has the impact that it’s had. The way that she is needed, not only by the children, but by the mother in this film. It’s important for us that we see that storytelling in the media.”
Vida star Prada agrees with Longoria. During the Starz drama’s freshman season, they tackled the topic of domestic workers by showing the character of Lyn (Melissa Barrera) finding herself face-to-face with a Latina housekeeper while at a party in the Hollywood Hills. She was mostly ignored, until she was needed to clean up vomit from a drunk party guest or something else equally demeaning.
My grandmother came here and worked as a seamstress in a sewing factory, with my mom oftentimes underneath the sewing machine,” she explained. “And now, I’m here. That’s crazy to me just how quickly we assimilate to the culture and we float in between both of them. It’s such a powerful thing to be aware of. With what we’re doing on Vida as well…not forgetting where you came from.
Your mom was the domestic worker so you could be who you wanted to be, and attend parties like this. It’s important that we never forget to honor our ancestors. With that particular scene on our show, it didn’t even need words. You see yourself reflected in our people.”
Arquette attended the soiree with her longtime nanny and confidante Onelia Ramirez, who hails from Guatemala. The duo, who were in separable for most of the night, cheered loudly every time Roma won a coveted Academy Award.
“This is the heroine in my household,” Arquette said on the red carpet while introducing Ramirez, who handled journalist questions like a pro.