• Evan Longoria said she doesn't celebrate Christmas in the morning because she's Mexican
  • Longoria's family goes all out on Christmas Eve, and they even attend the midnight mass
  • "Let's Get Merried" director Veronica Rodriguez revealed she celebrates Christmas the same way

Eva Longoria got candid about how her family celebrates Christmas.

Longoria, 46, sticks with her family tradition when celebrating Christmas. According to her, they have a big festive meal on Christmas Eve and do not really celebrate it in the morning.

"I’m Mexican, so we celebrate on [Christmas Eve]," she told Us Weekly Friday while promoting "Let's Get Merried," which she executive-produced. "We don’t really do the Christmas morning, like, wait for Santa or, like, somehow Santa came at 2:00 p.m. and here are all the presents."

Longoria and her family go all out on Christmas Eve. She also shared what they do to mark the occasion.

"We do the huge meal and presents and all of that the night of the 24th," she continued. "And then we usually go to mass at midnight. And that’s tradition."

"Let's Get Merried" director Veronica Rodriguez also has a similar celebration with Longoria. According to her, the night before Christmas is "a big night." They also attend midnight mass and tamales are always part of the menu.

The "Desperate Housewives" alum will celebrate the holidays with her husband José Bastón and their 3-year-old son, Santiago. This week her holiday movie will debut on VH1.

"Let's Get Merried" centers around a bachelorette weekend at a Christmas-themed adventure park. A woman who is not a fan of the holidays decides to marry someone she has yet to meet on that day. It stars Tahj Mowry, Xosha Roquemore, Mishel Prada and Savannah Basley.

Longoria has been a part of VH1's huge diversity initiative to get diverse storytellers behind the camera. She admitted that she got really excited when she read the script and immediately thought of working with Rodriguez for the project.

"I read this script, and I immediately knew of Veronica’s work and her talent and her comedic chops, and I was like, ‘Oh, my gosh, I’ve gotta send it to her.’ And once I did, she came back with this vision for the movie … which is super funny, very elevated comedy," Longoria said. "It’s raunchy and funny and heartwarming and [there are] a lot of lessons in it, but it’s still fun."

Rodriguez was as excited as Longoria for their collaboration. The director considered the latter "pro-diversity and pro-women and pro all the best things ever." She also praised the script.

"I feel so blessed and proud that this is my first feature because it’s so special as a director to be able to work on a script where you’re like, ‘Oh, dang, I could have written that.’ Like, you connect with it that much," Rodriguez added.

"Let’s Get Merried" premieres on VH1 Monday at 9 p.m. ET.

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Eva Longoria is going to join the cast of “Jane the Virgin” Season 4 as herself. In this photo, the actress attended the 19th Annual Post-Golden Globes Party hosted by Warner Bros. Pictures and InStyle at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on Jan. 7, 2018. Getty Images/Frazer Harrison