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Polished Edge: Ana Ortiz of ‘Devious Maids’ on Lifetime
Q: You went through a lot with this show, from it getting picked up to a firestorm of criticism about it showcasing Latinas as maids. How is it with a year’s perspective?
A: It was such a strange experience. I had such high hopes, and it has been such a roller coaster, from booking it. It was such an amazing feeling, and amazing ensemble. Then it didn’t get picked up for ABC. Then moving here (to Lifetime) and getting the right home for it. Shouldn’t we be telling the stories of the workers? Enough with rich people getting all they want. Let’s show the workers’ lives.
Q: What was new for you this year?
A: I’ve never played a wealthy character. I’m engaged to very old money.
Q: What’s one of the biggest secrets of this show?
A: Tom Irwin (Adrian Powell) is one of the sexiest men alive. No one knows it except when you know him. I don’t know why he isn’t the biggest sex symbol.
Q: What did you do on hiatus?
A: I have a 4-year-old and a 2-year-old. I did that. I did an episode of “Revenge.” I did an indie movie with Michael Urie.
Q: How long can you see “Devious Maids” going?
A: I can see it going and going. “Desperate Housewives” went for seven. “Ugly Betty” went for four. I felt so gypped! I feel like is a really good number for a show. Maybe a year for each of the maids.
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