Eva Longoria says her maternal instincts went 'bonkers' on 'Dora' set

By Annie Martin
Cast members from left to right, Michael Pena, Eva Longoria, Danny Trejo and Eugenio Derbez attend the premiere. Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

July 29 (UPI) -- Dora and the Lost City of Gold star Eva Longoria says her maternal instincts went "bonkers" on the movie's set.

The 44-year-old actress discussed motherhood while attending the film's Los Angeles premiere Sunday at the Regal Cinemas L.A. Live movie theater.


Longoria welcomed her first child, son Santiago, with husband Jose "Pepe" Baston in June 2018. She plays Dora's mom, Elena, in the new film.

"My instincts in this movie were completely bonkers because I was a new mom," Longoria told Entertainment Tonight.

"Dora's, like, running in the jungle, holding a snake, running into crumbling falling rocks, [and] I'm like, "I would never let my child do that!'" she said. "The director was like, 'Right, but it's Dora!' I'm like, 'Okay, okay.'"

Longoria wore a bright yellow Vitor Zerbinato dress and strappy white sandals to the premiere.. She shared a photo of her look on Instagram, saying she was "feeling bright."


"I'm feeling bright for @doramovie premiere!" the star captioned the post.

Dora and the City of Gold is a new live-action movie based on the Nickelodeon animated series Dora the Explorer. The film co-stars Isabela Moner as Dora, Michael Pena and Danny Trejo, and opens in theaters Aug. 9.

Longoria had shared similar sentiments about motherhood and her experience with Dora and the Lost City of Gold in an interview with Extra last week.

"It changed all my instincts. Like, my moral compass was totally bonkers because I just had new eyes on the world," the star said.

"I remember there was a scene when Michael and I are standing there and Dora runs back into the crumbling temple," she recalled. "Michael and I were like, 'No, no, no. We would never let our child run into a crumbling temple. That's very dangerous.' It was just against every instinct in my body to not keep my child safe."

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