Roselyn Sanchez and Dania Ramirez may not look like any maid you have ever seen, but on June 23rd at 10pm, you will see them transform alongside their co-stars Judy Reyes, Ana Ortiz, and Edy Ganem on Lifetime’s Devious Maids. The Marc Cherry produced dramedy follows the lives of five Latina housekeepers and their various life struggles in Beverly Hills, California.
We caught up with Roselyn and Dania during the Miami premiere of the show to discuss the controversy, their characters, and of course, scoop on the potential hook-ups that will make your mami’s novelas blush.
There is so much controversy in the press following the show before any episodes have aired. What do you think of it all?
Dania: The show is about five women who are friends. Being a maid is just our occupation. They all came to the United States with the hope of achieving the American dream. Each of our dreams are different. For my character Rosie, she wants to bring her son to be with her. This is a very Latin story that many immigrants can relate to. So many women have brought their children here and worked dignified jobs to give them the best chance to succeed. All our stories are different but we are all driven by the same things: family, love, and passion.
This is the first time in my career that I’ve been able to play a three dimensional woman. Rosie is someone who is going to make you laugh, she is going to make you cry, make you angry, make you want to fall in love, and that is really rare. I’m usually playing a girlfriend or even a bad-ass character, and the Latino community can say great, well that wasn’t stereotypical. But as an artist, am I fulfilled? Am I really getting the opportunities that I need to showcase my talent? Devious Maids is giving five Latina actresses that chance.
Roselyn: We all have a path in this industry and we have been blessed and lucky to play beautiful roles throughout our career that we have played with pride. I would never accept a job that I think would be demeaning to my culture and I know none of the other actresses on the show would do that either. It’s actually the contrary, we are so friggin’ Latina it’s not even funny!