In March 1998, Longoria won the Miss Corpus Christi beauty pageant, which came with the opportunity to compete in a talent show in Los Angeles. In 2000, Longoria made her first appearances on TV in tiny parts on , on which she played Isabella, a mentally unstable character who, after two seasons, was sent to an insane asylum.
The role earned Longoria an American Latino Media Arts (ALMA) Award for Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama in 2002, but even better things were on the horizon, when Longoria landed a juicy role on the new series A year into the show, she won Choice TV Breakout Performance, Female, at the Teen Choice Awards and the cast won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.
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