If you're in the middle of a contested divorce in Pasadena, gratitude is probably one of the few emotions you're not feeling. But the pain and growth which often accompany a divorce can open the doors to bigger and better things. Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria echoed this sentiment recently in an interview with HELLO! Magazine. Longoria, who went through one of the year's most public divorces from NBA star Tony Parker, told the magazine she's "at peace" and "really happy."
Longoria says her busy work schedule helped her get through that difficult period in her life.
"Personally I went through a lot, but jumping into my work helped me to get through my personal stuff," she says.
She also says she has no regrets about her relationship with Parker.
"I'm a survivor, I believe in love, I believe that things are meant to be and that whatever happens is for a reason," Longoria adds. "I'm always grateful for the experiences that I have and I'm also very optimistic about what the future holds."
While she acknowledges that her divorce was a difficult experience, she says that in the end, she has a lot to be thankful for.
"I'm at peace with myself, my spirituality, my friends, my family," she said. "I have this amazing life, so I'm really happy deep inside my heart."
All of this is remarkable progress considering how nasty things got between Parker and Longoria last fall. Days after the pair announced their divorce, Longoria's camp confirmed that Parker had been texting the wife of one of his teammates. The couple's divorce was finalized in Texas on January 28, 2011. The pair, who met in 2004 and were married in 2007, have no children together. Longoria is currently filming the final season of Desperate Housewives. She has several film and television projects on deck when Housewives wraps next spring.