Eva Longoria on Parenting During Coronavirus Social Distancing: 'All Planning Goes out the Door'

The actress is home in Los Angeles with her husband José and 21-month-old son Santiago amid the COVID-19 pandemic

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Eva Longoria and son Santiago. Photo: Eva Longoria/Instagram

Eva Longoria is spending time at home in Los Angeles with husband José “Pepe” Bastón and their 21-month-old son, Santiago, amid the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

“I’m lucky cause my son is so little, he’s not in school yet and he’s not quite a baby so he’s just in the sweet spot of ‘has no idea what’s going on’ and just loves that Mom and Dad are home all day long,” the Desperate Housewives actress tells PEOPLE.

Longoria, 45, says she is doing everything to keep her son’s day full of activities, but that it doesn’t always go according to plan.

“I am like tiger mom,” she admits. “I have like his whole day planned, like we’re going to paint in the morning for an hour and then we’re going to do flashcards and we’re going to do the alphabet. Then he’ll find a box and play with that for five hours, and I’m like, okay, all my planning goes out the door.”

Longoria recognizes she is in a very fortunate position and appreciates the work of those on the front lines of the pandemic.

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“There’s so many people that are doing really amazing work,” she says. “I mean, obviously the healthcare workers and doctors and nurses and everybody in the hospital, but our farm workers who are keeping the food system going, the restaurant workers who have lost their job and trying to stay afloat by doing takeout only. Anytime we can support our local businesses and our small businesses here where Pepe and I are, we try to do it.”

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The director and activist also hopes people take time to be grateful.

“I think people aren’t recognizing the work of the farm workers enough because our stores are still stocked, they’re still in the fields,” Longoria says. “There’s just such a great appreciation for everybody who is still working, as well as a call to please stay at home and flatten the curve. A community effort to really come out of this as better people.”

According to data compiled by The New York Times, there have been more than 463,619 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 16,695 deaths in the United States, as of April 10.

Longoria is still keeping busy with the release of her new Quibi comedy Flipped, co-starring Kaitlin Olson, Will Forte and Andy Garcia as Longoria’s husband.

“This was a fun opportunity for me,” she says about the show. “It’s not often you get to go and just play, and we got to just go and play. We had no cares in the world.”

Next, Longoria will direct and star in the workplace comedy 24-7 alongside Kerry Washington. She will also direct Fox Searchlight’s FLAMIN’ HOT, a biopic about Richard Montañez, the son of a Mexican immigrant who started out as a janitor at the Frito-Lay factory before creating the spicy Flamin’ Hot Cheetos and becoming a wildly successful businessman.

Flipped is now available on Quibi.

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