When we first heard about Devious Maids, two thoughts popped into our head: "Wow! This is great. A show with a full Latina cast!" and "Oh boy! What will the critics think about a show full of Latinas based around being a maid?"
But as we got to hear more about the show directly from the five maids themselves -- Ana Ortiz, Dania Ramirez, Edy Ganem, Judy Reyes and Roselyn Sanchez -- we started feeling a lot more confident about its possible success.
Many feel this show is highly stereotypical considering it’s about maids. What made you decide this was a role you just had to take?
Ana Ortiz: The opportunity to do some groundbreaking television has never been done with five women, let alone five Latinas.
Dania Ramirez: I personally like sitcom TV to be able to portray characters that I can relate to. My parents moved to the states when I was 6, so I was raised by my grandma in the Dominica Republic, and didn’t see them again until I was 10. [As Latinos] Your parents have to leave their country to come to the U.S. to create a better future for their kids, so I was excited to tell this story.
As people watch and begin to become engaged with the show, what are you hoping they will take away from it?
Ramirez: Maids are not migrant workers or drug dealers. We’re portraying a real career. These people devote their lives to the people they work for. They are happy doing it and actually find themselves as fortunate.