Desperate Housewives is in the home stretch, says Eva Longoria. "It's crazy," she says calling from the Los Angeles set. "We're on the last two episodes. The writing is coming in by the day." And she adds, without even being asked, "It's kind of up in the air and secretive."
Longoria, 37, hasn't really come to terms with ending her eight-year run as Gabrielle Solis, in part because the show has been saying goodbye since the start of this season. "We've had a long, 23-episodes to get to the end. I haven't really processed any of my feelings. But this week, it's been, 'Oh my god! Wait, what's going on?' "
But she already has loads of new projects lined up - having just launched a new EVAmour fragrance that sold out when she presented it last week on HSN - and this week, on Friday, she will help launch a new Pepsi product in Times Square. She'll be handing out samples of Pepsi Next, which has 60 percent less sugar than regular soda.
"It's so funny," she says, with a laugh. "Things always happen seredipitously. I did this no-sugar diet for the past two months and just recently started incorporating sugars back into my diet. This product is kind of perfect - being 60 percent less sugar."
She and Pepsi have a "long relationship" that goes beyond sugar, says Longoria. She has appeared in their Super Bowl commercials and appreciates that the company has been particularly supportive of the Latin community.
So it's safe to say she's never had a Coke? "I can't even say the word!"
Instead, Longoria jokes, "If I was a soda, I would be Eva Next," as she gets ready to take "a little bit of time off" after Housewives wraps before heading to work in Europe in May in June and start a film in July. "Closer to the elections," she says, "I'll be dedicating all my free time to the Obama campaign."
In the meantime, she's producing a new dating show, All For Love, for NBC. "It's a modern take on dating," she explains, to help people who are using the Internet or meeting people in bars. She says there will be three men who are looking for love and professionals will help find their soul mates. "The format is new and different," says Longoria.
And it's right up her alley because, she syas, "I'm a hopeless romantic."
As for her own romance, she's more tight-lipped. Is she dating on-again, off-again boyfriend Eduardo Cruz at the moment? "I'm not talking about that," she says.