Eva Longoria and Ernesto Arguello will be ''married within the year''.

The former 'Desperate Housewives' actress has finally confirmed she is dating the Miami-based entrepreneur and philanthropist who she met when he was cast in 'Ready For Love', the dating show she produced last year and friends say their relationship is serious.

A source told People.com: ''Eva is a firm believer in marriage. Ernie may be a player when he is single, but he's never cheated on anyone and is very religious. I think the fact that he's so family oriented is what got her.

''My guess would be they'll be married within the next year.''

Ernesto, 34, is smitten with Eva, 38, who was previously married to Tony Parker, and things have gotten so serious he has even introduced her to his family.

The insider added: ''It's very real - they're both in love, which is rare for him. They're always together. His family likes her a lot ... they've never seen him so taken by someone.

''Eva is so down to earth, she doesn't 'act famous' at all. He is definitely not dating her because she is famous ... they're not a Hollywood couple. They're very real and very in love.''