'Devious Maids' star Ana Ortiz: 'I get why we don't want to be viewed as maids anymore'

The stars of Lifetime's "Devious Maids" are more than sensitive to the criticism swirling around the series. Critics say casting only Latina maids is stereotyping.Ana Ortiz, who plays Marisol, tells Zap2it that she knew from the beginning this would be an issue."I get why we don't want to be viewed as maids anymore," Ortiz says. Over the course of her career, she has played "umpteen maids and 72 hookers and drug dealers' girlfriends.""That said, most women in my family were housekeepers or nannies," she adds. "And these are wonderful, amazing, intelligent, funny, sexy, crazy women, and I don't understand why their story isn't as important as [that of] a lawyer."To me, I get the criticism, I don't think it is not valid. I do hope people give it a chance," she says. "And, where we are coming from as actors and Latinas -- we are representing and this is our life too."Her character, Marisol, is...



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