When questioned by Amanda de Cadenet about Parker's infidelity on "The Conversation With Amanda de Cadenet" Thursday, the 37-year-old actress responded: "I am so secure in who I am. I really am! And I'm not conceited. I just think, 'Wow, okay, that's the life you want to live.'"
"It wasn't about who he chose," Longoria continued. "I mean, I had moments [where I wondered], 'Am I not sexy enough? Am I not pretty enough? Am I not smart enough?' But in so many of those questions, I immediately stopped and said, 'No, don't start doing that.' Because you can get stuck in that cycle and you can carry on to other things."
Longoria, who split from Parker in November 2010 amid reports that Parker, a San Antonino Spurs point guard, had been "sexting" with a former teammate's wife, told de Cadenet that in confronting Parker, she tried to "provide a pillow for him to say and express 'the why'" -- an approach that she said ultimately paid off, US Weekly reported.
"People say, 'What grace!' And it wasn't that. I really wanted to know, and if you genuinely want to get something out of somebody, you have to not judge."
The "Desperate Housewives" star's divorce from the 29-year-old basketball player was finalized in January 2011. In April 2012, the actress talked about the end of the marriage -- and how she now feels about Parker -- in a "Good Morning America" interview: "I always said I hold onto the love and not the loss. I think the press also wanted me to hate him and villainize him. And I don't. And I didn't."
Watch the E! News video above to hear what else Longoria had to say about Parker on the "The Conversation." Then, click through the slideshow below to learn about her career history.
Longoria <a href="http://www.contactmusic.com/news/eva-keeps-in-touch-with-wendys-staff_1077508" target="_hplink">told Latina Magazine</a> about her teen years working at the fast food restaurant: "I loved it. And I still love them. They are an amazing organization. I still keep in touch with my manager from when I was 14. They are just great to me. I wanted to have a <em>quinceanera</em>, so I went to Wendy's to work to pay for my own <em>quinceanera</em>. I stayed. I paid for my cheerleading and everything through that. It was like whatever you want to do outside of school, you have to pay for it. I never had a car because I was always trying to save."
Before she made it big with "Desperate Housewives," Longoria was on the daytime soap, <a href="http://www.people.com/people/eva_longoria/0,,,00.html" target="_hplink">The Young and the Restless for two years and says</a>, "It was, like, almost minimum wage. But I had a great time on it, and it obviously led me to better things." She also played bit parts on <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/15/10-fun-facts-about-eva-longoria_n_1343308.html" target="_hplink">General Hospital and Beverly Hills 90210.</a>
When "Desperate Housewives" premiered on the alphabet network (ABC) in 2004, the show had four stars: Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross and Eva Longoria. Even though Eva was the least well-known of the group, her character Gabrielle Solis -- a materialistic former model turned housewife -- was easily the character most beloved by fans. DH fans loved the season 1 story line in which Eva's character Gaby has an affair with her hot young gardener John Rowland (Jesse Metcalfe). Her performance on the show turned Eva into an overnight star and a household name.
Longoria is one of seven Latinos who were appointed as <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/19/eva-longoria-msnbc-latino-vote_n_1364634.html" target="_hplink">co-chairs </a>for Obama for America. As co-chair, Longoria will represent Hispanic and women's issues. "There is an attack on women's health care and President Obama's policies are the only ones that are going to move the agenda for women's rights," Longoria <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/19/eva-longoria-msnbc-latino-vote_n_1364634.html" target="_hplink">said</a>.
Eva Longoria became a <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAjlzP4rbXw" target="_hplink">spokesperson for L'Oréal Paris</a> in 2005 and was featured in L'Oréal TV commercials and print ads until 2010.
Eva Longoria opened the restaurant Beso ( "Kiss") on Hollywood Boulevard, <a href="http://besohollywood.com/" target="_hplink">along with partner and celebrity chef Todd English,</a> in March 2008. The menu offers <a href="http://besohollywood.com/" target="_hplink">a Latin approach to a classic Steakhouse. </a>
Longoria is the producer of <a href="http://theharvestfilm.com/" target="_hplink">"The Harvest/La Cosecha: The Children Who Feed America,"</a>, a documentary about the more than 400,000 children in the United States who are torn from their schools and homes to work as migrant workers with their families, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/17/eva-longoria-on-producing-new-documentary-the-harvest-la-cosecha_n_1016377.html" target="_hplink">according to HuffPost.</a>
Eva Longoria is the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/26/eva-longoria-joins-devious-maids_n_1380988.html?ref=mostpopular" target="_hplink">latest Latina to join ABC's new fall pilot, "Devious Maids"</a>. After working with Marc Cherry for seven seasons on the hit ABC dramedy "Desperate Housewives," the actress will continue working with the producer on the new ABC pilot as a co-executive producer.