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Sexy ‘Devious Maids’ stars talk new TV show in Miami


If the majority of maids resembled Dania Ramirez and Roselyn Sanchez, we have a feeling houses around the world would be a lot tidier.

The two va-va voom actresses are part of the ensemble cast of Devious Maids, Marc Cherry’s intriguing followup to Desperate Housewives, airing 10 p.m. Sunday on Lifetime.

Ramirez, a former Cover Girl from the Dominican Republic, was last seen on the big screen wheeling around New York City in Premium Rush. Sanchez, from Puerto Rico, has been seen in a variety of movies from Captain Ron and Chasing Papi to The Game Plan and two Rush Hour sequels.

We chatted from the Four Seasons Hotel Miami recently about the show, which is part soap opera, part murder mystery.

Can you tell us a little about your the characters you play?

RS: Carmen is the one who wants to be a singer. She leaves her past to move to Beverly Hills. She’s smart and knows to work for a big star [Matt Cedeño]. All my situations are just ridiculous; of course, everything goes wrong. Her motto is: I’m gonna clean, but I’m gonna look good as good as possible doing it. One day he’s going to pay attention to me and offer me a record deal.

DR: Rosie is very transparent. She doesn’t have a filter. She thinks of something and just says it. Her motivation in life is love and family, and those are the two things that sort of drive her. When she’s with her friends, she’s very gossipy and righteous and very religious and sort of maybe judgmental, which at times makes her really funny.

What is Rosie’s job?

DR: She’s sort of like a nanny, working for this pair of actors, Grant Show and Mariana Klaveno [ True Blood], who is very self-absorbed. Not that actors are self-absorbed! Rosie’s struggle is that she’s in America to save up money to pay for the lawyer and reunite with her son who’s back in Mexico. Mine is a very honest immigrant story, a coming of age story. I’m having a great time being able to play this three-dimensional character.

Did you speak a lot of Spanish during shooting?

RS: I do, and used my own accent. We threw in as much as we could.

DR: I speak it with my son. There are subtitles with the conversations.

How involved were you with Eva Longoria, who has producing credits?

DR: I love Eva. I’ve looked up to her my entire career. We really appreciated her being involved as she was a Latina woman on a successful show [ Housewives]. She was very involved with the dailies, and as far as I know, she had many conversations with Marc because she definitely wanted the script to stay true to these Latin stories.

We have to ask: What is your personal cleaning style?

RS: I’m very organized; everything has to be put it in its place. But actual cleaning? Um, I have a lady. Olga: I love you! No really, she’s like family.

DR: I grew up in a very Latina household. On Saturdays you put on the music, and you clean. I’m actually very picky about people who come to my house. I’m like, I know I’m a good cleaner and if it doesn’t look like I cleaned it, then we have a problem. I didn’t used to, but I have a maid now. She’s not very devious.

Madeleine Marr


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