Actress-director Eva Longoria turns focus on sports world with new ESPN series of short films

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Eva Longoria is putting her focus on the sports world in a new series of short films the actress is executive producing for ESPN.

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Longoria's first effort for the "Versus" series debuting in May is about Sebastien De La Cruz, the young mariachi singer whose performance of the national anthem before Game 3 of the 2013 NBA Finals set off a barrage of racist tweets.

Like Longoria, De La Cruz is from San Antonio, Texas, so the story hit close to home for the Mexican-American actress.

She says she wanted to tell his story because what came out of the backlash against De La Cruz "was something beautiful."

Since her star-making turn in the hit series "Desperate Housewives" ended three years ago, Longoria has moved mostly behind the camera. She says she's a natural as a director because she likes telling people what to do.