Ana Ortiz is Proud of 'Devious Maids', Despite Criticism

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"Maids? It's got to be maids?"

That was Ana Ortiz's initial reaction after reading the script to the controversial series Devious MaidsTwo seasons later, the star of the Lifetime "dramady" feels differently about the show, despite criticism from the Latino community and beyond.

"The Latino community was the first out of the gate being really hard on us," she said in a recent interview. Even with Eva Longoria serving as producer, people were skeptical about a drama centered on five maids, played by Ortiz, Dania RamirezJudy ReyesRoselyn Sanchez, and Edy Ganem. 

However, two years later, the Latino community has reconsidered. In fact, all five leads are nominated for Imagen Awards, to be presented August 1 in Beverly Hills, Calif. The Imagen Awards famously "recognize and reward positive portrayals of Latinos in all forms of media."

"It is such a beautiful, full-circle moment," Ortiz said. "I'm so proud for all the girls. And I'm really proud of the show." 

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Cristina Arreola, Associate Editor

Originally from El Paso, Texas, Cristina Mari Arreola earned her degree at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University before moving to New YorkNew York. In her downtime, you can usually find her scouring the city for the most authentic Mexican food (still looking...), scaring herself silly watching horror movies, or frantically reading a novel from her (extremely lengthy) reading list. . You can follow her on Twitter at @c_arreola

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