The star says she'll fly home after her Paris nuptials to work on her show

By Phil Boucher
Updated May 21, 2007 01:25 PM

Paris may be the most romantic city in the world, but Eva Longoria will not be lingering in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower after her wedding.

The Desperate Housewives star, 32, is due to wed fiance Tony Parker in the French capital on July 7. But she says, “I’m heading home right after the wedding.”

Speaking to PEOPLE at the “Spike for Hope” Celebrity Volleyball Match in Hermosa Beach, Calif., Longoria says, “We start shooting July 9.”

More than 200 guests are expected to attend the wedding, which is rumored to take place at the ancient St. Germain L’Auxerrois, known as the “Parish of Kings” because of its historic ties to French royalty.

Longoria visited the church earlier this month. In January, she spent four days in France working out other details of the nuptials with Parker’s mother, Pamela Firestone.

It’s also been a hectic lead-up to the big day with co-stars Felicity Huffman and Teri Hatcher throwing her two separate wedding showers.

But one thing Longoria does have time for is the PADRES Contra El Cancer (translated: Parents Against Cancer), for which Spike For Hope raised funds. Longoria is a national spokesperson for the charity – but is she a volleyball player?

“No, I’m not,” Longoria confessed to PEOPLE. “Tony is, but that’s because he’s 6’3″. He was like, ‘Babe, you better not stink.’ I like any sport. I’m not a volleyball player, per se, but I’m definitely a competitive person.”

At the charity event she hit the court wearing a black muscle shirt with “Longoria” spelled out on the back and took the first serve on the aptly named “Team Gorgeous”.

Alas, the results weren’t so beautiful: ‘Team Gorgeous” eventually lost to “The Dream Team,” 16 to 21.

Reporting by VANESSA DIAZ