'Devious Maids' Season 3 Spoilers, News & Cast: Producer Eva Longoria Discusses 'Devious Maids' and 'Hot and Bothered'
Season 3 of "Devious Maids" premieres tonight, and the show's producer Eva Longoria recently spoke on her involvement with the hit Lifetime drama, as well as the freshman NBC series "Hot and Bothered."
Longoria, made famous for her roles as Gabrielle Solis on the series "Desperate Housewives," recently discussed her position as a Mexican-American actress at the Produced By L.A. conference, held on Sunday at Paramount Studios. Within recent years, Longoria has beefed up her resume by regularly taking on the role of producer.
During the onstage chat with moderator Marc Cherry, creator/executive producer of "Desperate Housewives" and "Devious Maids," Longoria mentioned that there's an assumption among Hollywood executives that all multicultural stars know multiple languages or they're able to use accents.
"It's a lot of identity crisis for my character, which is rooted in my life story," Longoria said, referring to her role as a telenovela star in the backstage comedy "Hot and Bothered." "I grew up in Texas, I'm Mexican-American and I'm close to my Mexican roots, but I didn't speak Spanish and I don't have an accent."
Longeria proceeded to discuss "Devious Maids," and how the show initially received backlash due to concern about the perpetuation of stereotypes and its representation of Hispanic women. She responded to outrage by insisting that failing to share the stories of women in domestic occupations deprives them of humanity.
"I've known so many amazing women in my life who are amazing," Longoria said. "And I said, 'You're saying these people don't have a story to tell -- you're saying all they do is go and clean your homes.' They have big lives and complex lives."
During their shared conversation, Longoria also said that she has always been a producer and a director who simply fell into acting. Yet, she's seen as "just an actress."
Her work with "Devious Maids" proves that she's more than just an actress. While danger, murder, sex and deviousness are true components of the series, the show also displays the lead cast members as complex and layered individuals.
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