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Longoria doesn't feel slighted by Emmy

‘Desperate Housewives’ star says she didn't expect nomination
/ Source: The Associated Press

“Desperate Housewives” star Eva Longoria has shrugged off being snubbed by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in this year’s Emmy nominations.

“I’m new. I just arrived. I didn’t expect at all to be in the minds of the Academy,” she tells syndicated TV show “Extra” in an interview set to air Friday night.

Three of the ABC show’s stars, Teri Hatcher, Marcia Cross and Felicity Huffman, were nominated for best comedy series actress. (Also overlooked was Nicollette Sheridan, who had gotten a Golden Globe supporting-actress nomination for the show.)

“I was disconnected from newspapers,” says Longoria, who was in China when the nominations were announced last week. “I didn’t experience the hoopla.”

“Desperate Housewives,” a dark satire about life in suburbia, cleaned up with 15 nominations. The show asked to be considered in the comedy series category, usually home to half-hour sitcoms.

“I’m so happy that we’re in the comedy category,” says Longoria. “I love going against the traditional comedy.”

On her budding romance with Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs, Longoria says: “They (the press) got it right ... it’s so hard to keep things private because then you compromise your own lifestyle. It’s like I don’t want to hide, I don’t want to eat in every day ... we have a good time and we don’t care what is written.”

Longoria says she’s decided to learn French, since Parker is a native of France.

“It’s a beautiful language. I mean his whole family speaks French and all his friends. I mean I want to be in the conversation,” she says. “I am going to have to get with it.”