Q&A with Ana Ortiz

We caught up with Ana Ortiz to pick her brain about what makes Devious Maids so special, how she identifies with her character, and her favorite things. 

--Adam Downer

GGM: As Devious Maids starts its third season, how do you feel it compares to previous seasons?

AO: This is by far my favorite season. I definitely had the most fun. I think the show is back to its campy, funny roots. I love the way the relationship between the maids is being explored this season. My character, Marisol, she’s finally come into her own and started her own business and is doing things on her own terms, and that’s been really fun to play.

GGM: What do you think is the key to this show’s success?

AO: I think we have really loyal, loyal fans. We’ve been really blessed to have this fan base that sticks with us. They’re super involved. I also think there’s something for everyone on this show. There’s hot ladies, hot men, fun, campy stuff, and there’s a lot of diversity on our show. Anybody could watch our show and find someone or something to relate to.

GGM: How do you identify with in your character Marisol?

AO: I identify with a lot of things. I think she’s made a lot of sad choices with men, which I can relate too. I think she’s a loving mother. She’s a loving friend, and that’s what I can relate to. And she works really hard. She’s an independent woman that started her own business and wants to help in her own way.

GGM: I also understand you’re playing Lucy in the show version of Dreamworks’ Home?

AO: It’s been really fun. It’s a completely new experience for me. I’m so lucky that the people behind the show, the creators, writers, and directors, are so willing to guide me through this learning experience. I’ve had the most fun ever on it.

GGM: So, what TV shows are you keeping up with?

AO: You mean summer shows? Well, this is really embarrassing, but I was completely destroyed by Game of Thrones. I don’t even know what to tell you. Devastating. I’m still not over it. I also love all the Housewives shows. I know it’s really bad and that I’m part of the problem, but I love all the Housewives shows. Empire keeps coming to my head. I, like the rest of the world, became obsessed with it and with Taraji P. Henson.

GGM: How about a favorite movie, or seen any good ones recently?

AO: It’s difficult for me to go out to movies because I have two children under the age of five, so for my husband and I to see a grown-up movie has proven difficult. But I’ve seen Home, of course, which was amazing. I’m so lame at this. My all-time favorites are Sound of Music, Goodfellas, Purple Rain.

GGM: What’s on your playlist right now?

AO: My playlist, besides a lot of kids’ music and musicals, has a lot of Kendrick Lamar right now. Other than that, it’s all my old music, like Prince, Michael Jackson, 70s R&B, 80s and 90s Hip-Hop.

GGM: Are you reading anything right now?

AO: I am! But it’s not a new book. It’s called Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. I’m obsessed with it right now. It’s so good!

GGM: What’s your favorite restaurant?

AO: In Atlanta, I do. I love a place called Kimball House. Absolutely divine. Another of my haunts is called Cakes and Ale. Taqueria Del Sol is ridiculous. And I’m from California, so to say Mexican food in another state is ridiculous is saying something.

GGM: Favorite designers, accessories, fashions?

AO: Yeah, there’s actually a skincare line called Rilastil USA. I just got a whole bunch of their products and I love it. I also like a Tarte Chubby Lip pencil. In this heat in Atlanta, you can’t really wear a lot of makeup.

GGM: Last thing you splurged on?

AO: To be honest, I splurge quite a lot on meals, but I bought this beautiful pair of Palazzo Pants from Alice and Olivia. And I’m splurging on a trip to Puerto Rico in August! My kids will finally see it for the first time!

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