"It's especially awesome after how long it's been since my first cover," the former Desperate Housewives star told the magazine. "I've had a beautiful relationship with Maxim over all these years."
Longoria—who admitted to owning multiple vibrators in her 2006 cover story—thinks this photo shoot is her best yet. "When someone sees the cover of this issue, they're going to say, '¡Que rico!'" the TV star, 38, says. "'¡Que rico!' Say it when something is really good, when you're enjoying something."
While it's fun to play up her bombshell image, Longoria insists that she's more than just a pretty face. "One thing people are usually surprised about when they get to know me is how domestic I am. So when you see the sexy Maxim cover and then you put it against me in an apron with flour in my hair, it takes a moment to reconcile that image," says the star, who also received her master's degree in 2013.
In fact, Longoria asked to reschedule her interview in order to finish her thesis. The magazine, of course, obliged her request. "I was like, 'My brain can't jump that fast from a Maxim interview to a thesis!'" says the philanthropist and TV producer, who's currently dating Televisa president Jose "Pepe" Antonio Baston. "Back in high school I really was the chameleon, too. I got along with the honors math club, then I would go to cheerleading practice, and then I was a band geek as well."