Eva Longoria loves a red carpet bargain.
The actress, who is attending the Cannes Film Festival for her 17th time this year, proved you don’t have to spend big to look fabulous — in fact, she wore a $40 dress on her very first trip to the famed French event.
Longoria — who once again hit the 2022 Cannes red carpet this week — recently revealed her discount dress moment to People, adding that she “had no idea what Cannes was” at the time.
“I was like, I’ll just wear this one, this knit gold, that feels right,” she said of her affordable look, worn the year after her hit show “Desperate Housewives” had premiered.
Longoria was at the height of her “Desperate Housewives” fame in 2005 when she wore her affordable dress.WireImage
“Nobody would’ve known it was a $40 dress,” she said, adding, “It’s not the dress, it’s the woman who wears the dress.”
The sparkly gold gown with a criss-cross back came from a boutique on Melrose Avenue, and Longoria shared a funny tidbit from the red carpet about its provenance.
As a spokesperson for L’Oréal Paris, Longoria was asked by the president of the company at the time who she was wearing, which led to a bit of confusion.
“I was like, What do you mean? It’s mine,” she said. “Everybody just loved the dress, and I was like, it’s just from Melrose!”
Longoria told People her beauty look “was so last minute I was like, Um, what do we do with the hair? What do we do?” Xinhua News Agency via Getty Ima
This year, her Cannes looks have been a far cry from her discount days on the red carpet.
The star wore a stunning sheer black Alberta Ferretti gown covered in ruffles for the Cannes opening ceremony on Tuesday, but it turns out the frock wasn’t her first choice.
Longoria told People the dress happened “by accident” because her original choice wasn’t going to be altered in time. However, when she saw the “spectacular” Ferretti number, she was immediately won over.
“I was like, yes, let’s do that one,” she said.
Speaking of spectacular, the star glittered on the Cannes red carpet yet again when she attended the “Top Gun: Maverick” premiere on Wednesday in a disco ball silver dress by Cristina Ottaviano.
Longoria attended the “Top Gun: Maverick” premiere while visiting Cannes this week.Future Publishing via Getty Imag
We can only imagine what else Longoria will pull out for the rest of the festival.