The Mexican American actress told the Canadian Press recently that she believes "with the demographics of the United States changing rapidly, we should represent our diverse country on television.”
"It's a fact that we do make up a large percentage of domestic workers, and so when somebody criticizes us saying, 'Why are you telling their stories, it's so stereotypical?' I always say back, 'You're telling me their stories aren't worth telling, that maids are not complex, that they don't have a life, that they don't have a story to tell, and they do," she said.
In an exclusive interview with Latina earlier this year, star Judy Reyes shared her two cents on the controversy.
“[Devious Maids] is going to be different because it has five Latina leads as opposed to the passing character with under five lines who is opening the door on the show. That's the big difference; we are the stars of the show,” the Dominican American actress said.
Reyes added that her mother was a maid herself and that the stories of maids are “worth telling.”
“As Latinas we tend to be overly partial considering stereotypes. I'm interested in being naughty and edgy,” she said. “We should really poke the bear and have a lot of fun with it and see where it goes!”
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