Eva Longoria
The actress and advocate visited the slums of Colombia for her episodes on the PBS documentary series "A Path Appears." PBS

It’s a busy time for Eva Longoria who’s been tackling all her recent acting engagements, without setting aside her activist persona. Longoria is been very involved in human rights, immigration and women empowering causes and in this case, she had been focusing on filming her three episodes of the PBS documentary series “A Path Appears” with her focus on helping Latinas build better futures for themselves and their communities. The series is based on the book called “A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity,” written by Pullitzer Prize winners Sheryl WuDunn and Nicholas Kristof.

Longoria visited the slums of Colombia for her part of the series where she encountered pregnant teens, poverty, drugs and prostitution. "Walking from barrio to barrio, you can't walk two steps without seeing a pregnant teen," she said. “I definitely don't think the pregnant teens are aware that there's a life outside of the bubble they live in, which is poverty. They don't believe that they could go study.” The actress talked to the women and young girls about their hopes and aspirations; some are very scared to be moms at their young age and some have big dreams and aspirations.

The “Desperate Housewives” star says she loves documentaries because they “humanize issues.” She says once you’ve put a face on the problem, you become involved whether you want to or not. “You're invested in this person's story and their life's journey.”

Other celebrities the series will follow include, Mia Farrow, Ronan Farrow, Alfre Woodard, Jennifer Garner, Regina Hall, Malin Akerman, Ashley Judd and Blake Lively, through countries like Haiti, Colombia, Kenya, and parts of the US, where they’ll meet with locals and local activists who can explain the effects of poverty and geneder equality in their areas more deeply. You can learn more about the series and Eva Longoria’s participation on APathAppears.org.

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