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‘Devious Maids’ Welcomes the Controversy

“I love controversy.” Dania Ramirez said at the June 17 premiere party for “Devious Maids.”

The Lifetime show, developed by “Desperate Housewives” creator Marc Cherry, sparked some heated comments as soon as the teaser trailer revealed five highly sexualized Latinas cast as maids in Beverly Hills.

Ramirez explained, “As far as the controversy of the show, I ask this question, ‘Would you rather me to just be a hot Latina on a white show? You want me to just be hot headed comic relief on the show?’ I get a chance to play this three-dimensional character.” Ramirez added that Cherry hired two Latino writers for the show.

Co-star Judy Reyes had a personal investment to play her character. “ I was inspired to play this role because my mother was a housekeeper,” she noted.

Executive producer Eva Longoria, who would not comment on the controversy, said she was just happy to cast her friends.

“It’s nice to not have to compete with these women and have them on one show,” she said.

Indeed, it was clear that most of the thesps were friends as they mingled at the Bel Air Bay Club, with Roselyn Sanchez and Lifetime’s Nina Lederman dancing late into the night to the strains of a salsa band.

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