Eva Longoria missed out on her lifelong dream to be married by Elvis Presley when she tied the knot in Las Vegas, Nevada, because her ex-husband was vehemently against the idea.

The Desperate Housewives beauty, 30, and her General Hospital co-star Tyler Christopher eloped to Nevada's Sin City in January 2002, when the Latina beauty was 26, but split last year (04).

Longoria says, "Yeah, I eloped to Las Vegas. Actually I wanted to get married by Elvis, but (Tyler) wouldn't have it.

"I was definitely too young and not ready for it. It made me realise what a selfless act marriage really is, how you have to be constantly considering the other person, and I just wasn't prepared for that."

Longoria is now in love with Belgian-born basketball star Tony Parker, who she began dating in January (05).