HOLLYWOOD actress Eva Longoria has shocked Catalan independence supporters after refusing to say she was in Spain during a visit to Figueres.
The Desperate Housewives star is on a five-month tour in the city of Girona to film a new TV show, and has invited friends and family to stay with her while she works.
In an Instagram post posted on Tuesday, Longoria corrected her close friend who told her that the couple has millions of followers in Spain.
“Where are we, Christy?” he asked.
“We are in Santa Lucia, in Spain,” he replied.
“Yes, Catalonia … Catalonia,” the actress said to her friend who corrected herself.
A l’Eva Longoria only li han calgut uns mesos a l’Empordà for tornar-se independentista pic.twitter.com/wHMyOwZHxd
— Ivan Álvarez (@ialvarezd) November 26, 2022
The clip has been shared among Catalan independent supporters, who interpreted the exchange as Longoria supporting their cause.
“Eva Longoria only had a month in the Emporda to become independent,” said Catalan journalist Ivan Alvarez.
The clip was also shared in the Catalan newspaper El Nacional, which said Longoria’s words had “softened” pro-independence supporters.
The newspaper said the celebrity endorsement was “better than Jimmy Jump”, who is famous for disrupting and stopping major sporting events, to support the cause.
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On social media, Catalans were delighted with the video.
“Eva Longoria has done more in an Insta story than a private walk in five years,” wrote one Twitter user.
The video comes after the lawyer for exiled Catalan politicians Carles Puigdemont, Toni Comin and Clara Ponsati told the European Court of Justice that the European Parliament is acting against them on the “degradation and violation of their rights for three years”.
Last week, former Catalan president Puigdemont threw his support behind Scotland after the Supreme Court ruling.
“All support to the Scottish people and their institutions on the road to independence,” he said on Twitter. “It is a democratic way and a European way, he has the right, he will finish whatever the decision is today.”