Eva Longoria, Gloria Estefan and Edward James Olmos Walk the Red Carpet at the ALMA Awards

Posted on September 11, 2011

The ALMA Awards were held last night at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Los Angeles. Latinos from all parts of the entertainment industry attended the event. Stars Eva Longoria, Gloria Estefan, Edward James Olmos and James Pena responded to questions about today's slow economy and whether they had ever struggled financially.

Eva, who co-hosted the evening, says she's been unemployed many times in her life. Gloria says she remembers the 70s and having to wait in line for gas. But it was Edward James Olmos who had the most moving answer. Edward says he's never been without work. But he has been without money, saying "And without money, it's very difficult to survive. You can't eat, there's no place to stay a and you have to ask for help." He says having no money is very hard on the self-worth and self-respect of a human being.

Michael Pena said he grew up in a family where his father was forced to retire when he didn't want to and he himself always worked two jobs to make ends meet. Take a look: