"Devious Maids" Ladies Front Latina May 2014

Posted Tuesday April 1, 2014 1:30 PM GMT

With "Devious Maids" set to debut its second season on April 20th, the ladies of the hit Lifetime series fronted the May 2014 issue of Latina magazine.

During their interview, Judy Reyes, Ana Ortiz, Roselyn Sanchez and the show's executive producer Eva Longoria chatted about their initial reaction to the script and revealed what they hope "Devious Maids" will teach young Latinas.

Highlights from the ladies' interview are as follows. For more, be sure to pay a visit to Latina!

On the "Devious Maids" script:
"My knee-jerk reaction was, 'Why the f**k does it have to be about maids?' Latinos were defensive because we’ve been maligned in media. We’ve always played gardeners, gangbangers, maids and sluts in films that star white people. But this is not that. We’re trying to represent these women with as much dignity and honesty as we can."

On the show's early bad publicity:
"I didn’t regret taking the role even after the criticism. But it was devastating. We were like, ‘Oh, my God, what’s happening here?’ But that’s when you know what friendship is and you believe in what you’re doing. We just held hands and said, ‘Girls, let’s just keep moving forward.’"

On "Devious Maids'" continued success:
"The fact that we are on the air with this amazing show means we’ve won about 20 victories already. From the writing to the casting to the producing to the fighting for marketing dollars—there are so many challenges we overcame to get to this point."

On the show's responsibility:
"I would never do a disservice to my community. I was super confident going around the country and the world saying, 'You’ve got to watch the show. It's a groundbreaking opportunity for the Hispanic community and it’s really good.'"

On the cast becoming a family:
"I thought that after Ugly Betty I would never find another family [among a cast]. It’s a rare thing. And I come to this set and see these women that have been auditioning against each other for 10 years and now we get to share a project. It gives it a grounding that I love. These are my comadres. I love them to pieces and I lean heavily on them."

On "Devious Maids" impact on Latinas:
"I have so many young girls coming up to me and being like, ‘I love this show!’ ‘How do I do this?’ ‘I want to get into the arts,’ ‘I want to be an actor,’ ‘I want to be a writer.’ And to see young people of color really interested in this—to me that’s so exciting. We all come from nothing. It’s like, you don’t have to be Gwyneth Paltrow or Hollywood royalty to make it. You can do it because there is room for us."

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