Cape Town – If you think all maids do is take care of rich people's homes you're in for a surprise.
The popular dramedy Devious Maids (2013 - current), follows the lives of five friends who not only dust and mop but also solve crimes while dealing with their own drama.
The series stars Ana Ortiz (Marisol Suarez), Dania Ramirez (Rosie Westmore), Roselyn Sanchez (Carmen Luna), and Judy Reyes (Zoila Diaz).
Season 1 and 2 are currently available on the ShowMax video-on-demand library.
1. Mexican roots
The series is based on a Mexican television series, Ellas son la Alegría del Hogar (They Are the Joy of the Home) and influenced by creator Marc Chetty's previous show, Desperate Housewives.
2. Rather a virgin
Gina Rodriguez who stars in the Jane the Virgin was originally offered one of the lead roles but she turned it down because she did not connect with the script.
3. Casting controversy
Devious Maids was the first show to feature an all Latino cast however, before the show aired on Lifetime in 2013 it received backlash.
The Latino community called it a wasted opportunity and perpetuation of the stereotype that Latinas can only play maids, gardeners and nannies.
Executive producer and Desperate Housewives alum, Eva Longoria responded to the criticism in Huffington Post.
Speaking about the characters she said that she takes pride in the characters and that they are not one dimensional and defined by their job titles.
The first episode received positive reviews from the critics and the season finale had 3 million views.
4. From Desperate Housewives to Devious Maids
Roselyn Sanchéz who plays Carmen Luna appeared in the last episode of Desperate Housewives. She played Gabrielle Solis's (Eva Longoria) new gardener.
5. Cleaning House
Each episode in season 1 (except the pilot) is named after a chore. The finale, Totally Clean, symbolised that the house work is now done.
Watch the trailer here:
Go to ShowMax.com and sign up for a seven-day free trial and start watching now.
(Sources: imdb.com, CNN, Huffington Post)
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