Eva Longoria: I'm Not Starring in Lesbian Movie

The actress shoots down rumors that she and Beyonce Knowles plan to play a couple

Eva Longoria is shooting down rumors that she plans to star as Beyonce Knowles’s lover in a new movie.

“Stop the madness” Longoria tells PEOPLE exclusively about the false reports that she and Knowles will play a couple in an adaptation of Sarah Waters’s love story Tipping the Velvet. “Believe me, I would love to work with Beyonce one day. She’s so talented. But this is definitely not something we are doing together. It’s completely and absolutely not true.”

Longoria says the rumor, which she has seen repeated on numerous Web sites and even on television, started about a week ago – before she had ever even met Knowles. Many of the false reports also alleged that Sofia Coppola had been tapped to direct the film.

“Beyonce and I just did the L’Oreal event a couple of days ago and we were like, ‘What is the deal?'” Longoria tells PEOPLE. “What makes me crazy is that there are quotes out there, quotes from me saying it’s true. But in fact it’s not true. And (there are) quotes of Beyonce saying it’s about time we had a female Brokeback Mountain. And we’re like, we never said that.”

Lawyers for the actress are trying to track down the original source of the rumor, but so far have not been able to locate it, according to the Desperate Housewives star.

A spokesperson for Knowles also confirmed that the rumors are false, telling PEOPLE: “This is not happening. We’ve never heard of this film.”

Up next for Knowles is a starring role in the film Dreamgirls, which opens next month.

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