Eva Longoria has opened up about becoming a mum in her 40s, sharing that her son was "meant to be with me at this stage in my life".
Appearing on the August cover of Parents Latina with 13-month-old Santiago 'Santi', Longoria, who gave birth at age 43, says she's more patient now and doesn't work as much, "even though it doesn't seem that way!"
But it hasn't all been smooth sailing.
The Grand Hotel producer also admits that while she's been lucky to have her son by her side on set, combining motherhood and filming hasn't been easy. "Breastfeeding while working was hard, just for the timing of the pumping and the feedings and the sleeping and the not sleeping," she says.
"You do it and get it done."
It's not the first time Longoria has spoken about the challenges of work and motherhood - and the importance of having a village.
The Desperate Housewives alumni previously posted a photo of herself directing an episode of Grand Hotel while nursing Santi.
"Women multi-task everyday and I was lucky to have an amazing crew and cast that supported my new motherhood and career goals," she wrote at the time.
Here are pics of me directing while breastfeeding Santi during filming of @GrandHotelABC. Women multitask everyday & I was lucky to have an amazing crew & cast that supported my new motherhood + career goals! Can’t wait for you to see this Monday on ABC! https://t.co/PQyxap7k5u pic.twitter.com/HDWXSL7VMG— Eva Longoria Baston (@EvaLongoria) June 15, 2019
Longoria's husband José Bastón, whom she wed in 2016, has also been one of her biggest supporters. In fact, it was Bastón who encouraged her to take the role of Dora the Explorer's mother in the upcoming big screen version: Dora and the Lost City of Gold.
"Santi was just born ..." she told TODAY of being offered the part. "My husband was the one who said 'of course you have to do this'" The family travelled to Australia for filming last year. And she can't wait for her little one to see it.
"I've never been in a movie that the whole family can go to," she says. "I'm finally in a movie Santi will be able to watch."
The mum also shared how motherhood had changed her perspective on work, life and the world. "I was surprised about the anxiety I now have about the world and my philanthropy and activism".
"There's an intensity to it now," she says. "I have to leave the world a better place. That has given me more fuel for my fire for my philanthropy."