Eva Longoria defends Latina-focused 'Devious Maids'
Actor Eva Longoria is pictured in a Toronto hotel room as she promotes the upcoming televison series "Mother Up!" on Tuesday June 4, 2013 (Chris Young / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press
Published Tuesday, June 4, 2013 10:19PM EDT
TORONTO -- Eva Longoria is fighting back against those who say her upcoming show "Devious Maids" depicts household workers in a stereotypical light.
The actress is among the executive producers on the Marc Cherry-created dramedy, which follows five Latina maids working in swank Beverly Hills homes.
The cast includes Ana Ortiz, Roselyn Sanchez and Susan Lucci.
Some critics have already suggested the program perpetuates stereotypes but Longoria, who is of Mexican heritage, says it features stories that are worth telling.
"With the demographics of the United States changing rapidly, we should represent our diverse country on television," the former "Desperate Housewives" star said Tuesday at a Rogers Media media event promoting its 2013-2014 lineup that includes her animated series "Mother Up!"
"It's a fact that we do make up a large percentage of domestic workers, and so when somebody criticizes us saying, 'Why are you telling their stories, it's so stereotypical?' I always say back, 'You're telling me their stories aren't worth telling, that maids are not complex, that they don't have a life, that they don't have a story to tell, and they do."'
Longoria also noted "it's the first show to ever have five Latina leads in television."
And she reacted to criticism she's heard that "a white male is writing these Latina characters."
"Well, he's also a white male who wrote 'Desperate Housewives,"' she said of Cherry. "So it's like, you just have to be a good writer and have good content, and the show has really nothing to do with race.
"It's a really great drama, it's a great mystery and it's a lot of fun."
"Devious Maids" is set to premiere June 23 on Lifetime in the U.S. and Canada.