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Eva LaRue Shares Her Secrets to Living Your Best Life


In the new issue of First for Women, ALL MY CHILDREN alum Eva LaRue (Maria) opened up about how her life has changed in recent years and how she struggled through grief and loss to come out the other side. 

In 2019, LaRue mourned the passing of her beloved father, Luis, followed by the loss of ex-husband John Callahan (Edmund, AMC) in 2021, and just this spring had to say goodbye to her mother, Marcie. “Losing your mother really strips you down to your most childlike self,” the actress confessed.

Using that heartache as inspiration to treat herself better, LaRue also tries to improve her outlook by focusing on gratitude. “That’s something I’ve had to put into practice daily,” she explained. “Every morning before I get out of bed, I give gratitude and thanks. I feel like it’s a prayer for me. I just look for miracles and they do show up, big and small. It could just be finding a parking space. More pieces of life’s puzzles come together for me.”

And one of life’s small miracles recently occurred when she discovered a handwritten note in the back of her prayer book from her late mother. “It was amazing sitting there and reading a story about my faith from my mom,” LaRue revealed.

For more of LaRue’s interview about turning grief into strength and making time for self-care, check out our sister site at, and for even more, pick up the new issue of First for Women on sale now!

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