Marc Cherry and Eva Longoria are teaming up for a new show on Lifetime, “Devious Maids.” And I snagged an interview with one of the stars, Melinda Page Hamilton. She plays “Odessa Burakov” in the highly anticipated show. Odessa is the mysterious yet intriguing Russian militant house manager for Latin pop star “Alejandro Rubio” (Matt Cedeno). The show follows five maids in Beverly Hills who are up to no good. I smell another hit! But let’s see if I can get a scoop from Melinda and get to know her a little bit.
I’ve been seeing a lot of the ads around town for your new show, “Devious Maids,” and there is blood splattered all over. What type of show is it? A murder mystery in every episode? Or is it a comedy? Since you’re the comic relief.
I am a little bit of a comic relief. There is a murder mystery throughout the season that’s going to be investigated. It starts off with a murder of one of the maids. Who murdered her and why? It’s also wrapped in a lot sex and satire.
What is it like to work with Marc cherry, the genius behind a lot of hit shows and of course the lovely Eva Longoria?
They’re both phenomenal. I worked with them on “Desperate Housewives,” I played the nun who had the hots for the Eva’s husband. So I was familiar. I haven’t worked that closely with Marc while on “Desperate Housewives.” But he’s wonderful. It’s great to have him there on the set of “Devious Maids” to keep us on track.
Do you know what inspired this new show?
I believe it’s based on a telenova already in existence. It’s very timely. I think it’s going to be, I hope people will enjoy the satire and enjoy the comedy for sure.
Now, everyone in Hollywood seems to hire maids to clean their homes. Do you have one or have you ever hired one?
I do not have one. I have hired one before but she moved to Chicago. No one ever cleaned as well as she did. I wish I had one but I don’t.
So, I hear you’re from NYC. How are you adjusting to the West Coast?
I think I’m adapting to it really well. I feel like a bad New Yorker. I love LA. Most New Yorkers won’t admit that they love LA!
Why did you move to Tinseltown to pursue acting?
Well, quite frankly, I fell in love with it. I thought about pursuing a more serious profession but probably because I’m not that great at math! And also my father was an actor.
I know you started your career in theater. Was it tough to switch to film and TV?
First of all, film and TV are a lot faster. When you work in theater, you have six weeks to rehearse. But with film and TV, you show up on set, you rehearse, and you shoot it. There are some similarities. The success is cooperation from all the players. I’m lucky to work with phenomenal actors. They’re great to work with!
Ok, so, I did a little digging and found out you’re a health nut, do you have an easy recipe to share with some of our health conscious readers?
Um, sure. One of my favorite recipes is a vinaigrette dressing because I love salads! We have a salad every night. So, it’s:
½ cup of olive oil
3 tablespoon of red wine or apple cider vinegar
A teaspoon or dollop of Dijon mustard
½ teaspoon of sugar
Put it in a jar and shake it up! Then you have a delicious vinaigrette dressing for any kind of green salad!
Since you’ve been in LA, where is the best place to dine?
I go through different phases. I love comfort food. I like going to Blair’s Restaurant in Silverlake. They have the best truffle mac and cheese. It will truly cure you of a horrible day! Truffle mac and cheese will make it better.
Do you have any upcoming projects?
Ah, not right now. I’m a full time mom to a 20 month year old. We love to go to gardens in Pasadena, even though we don’t live there. And going to the zoo and the park. There are so many things to do.
Thank you Melinda for taking the time to chat with me. I can’t wait to see your new show. You can catch her new series “Devious Maids” on Lifetime. It premieres June 23rd.