Eva Longoria PARKER has her beauty queen background to thank for her Hollywood success - because she won a trip to Los Angeles in one pageant and never left.
The sexy Texan claimed top prize in one pageant and it turned into the trip of a lifetime.
She tells Latina magazine, "In my pageant package, I won a trip to Hollywood to compete in a talent competition.
"I said, 'I'm going to go. It would be fun to go for a week to Hollywood.' So I came, and I never went home. I fell in love with L.A.
"I happened to become an actor and it was really all so fast. I didn't even go home to pack. I had my mom send my clothes."