Puerto Rican actress Roselyn Sánchez is one busy woman. She is juggling motherhood and Hollywood and now she’s doing it in two different languages.
The 41-year-old who stars as aspiring singer Carmen Luna in Lifetime’s “Devious Maids,” will soon be starring in her first Spanish-language original television comedy series titled “Familia en Venta” which will air on MundoFox starting this Sunday.
"I’ve been wanting to do something in Spanish for a long time,” Sánchez told Fox News Latino, adding, “I read ‘Familia en Venta’ and I was laughing so hard.”
Sánchez filmed the show in Colombia two years ago, right after having her daughter, Sebella Rose.
"‘Familia en Venta’ prepared me for 'Devious Maids,' because I was able to do 13 episodes of full comedy, working along stand-up comedian Carlos Espejel," she said.
Up to that point Sánchez’ roles had all had a more serious tone. She’s played CIA Agents, lawyers and district attorneys in movies and TV series such as “Act of Valor,” ”Without a Trace” and “Kojak.”
“I don’t do stand up comedy, so to be able to study somebody's work and see how he [Espejel] breaks down the material and how he improvises, by the time I went back to do ‘Devious Maids,’ I was like, I got it!”
Mexican actor Carlos Espejel plays Pipo in "Familia en Venta." His character is divorcing Lili (Sánchez) after fifteen years of marriage and due to the housing market crash they are forced to live together.
Comedy ensues as they try raising a family that includes a quirky son, a free-spirited daughter and a grandfather.
The statuesque Puerto Rican beauty and the Mexican comedian make an unlikely pair, but Sánchez assures their on-screen chemistry was red-hot.
“Carlitos has what we call tumbao. Carlitos is very short, but Carlos walks a certain way, and he dresses a certain way and he has tumbao.”
The series premieres on August 10 on Mundo Fox. In the meantime, Sánchez is waiting to hear if Lifetime will pick up “Devious Maids” for a third season.
“Everyone is very positive, it’s the highest rated show for Lifetime so they need it, we are super proud of it,” she told FNL.
Sánchez said "Devious Maids" was a groundbreaking show that has made Hollywood executives thirsty for more Latino-themed content.
“All the networks are going crazy looking for the next Latino project. They first passed on a jewel, which was 'Devious Maids,' and now they all want something like 'Devious Maids.'”
Sánchez recently released a single, "Pick Up Your Game," her first musical release since 2003, and she isn't planning on slowing down anytime soon.
“Listen, I’m 41, and I have a TV show for both markets, I have a beautiful healthy child, I have a great marriage. Life is so good. Like they say, 40 is the new 30.”
Although Sánchez does admit that aging in Hollywood is easier for men that it is for women she says the life-experience she’s gained can help her connect with the audience.
“It’s important to cultivate the female audience, when you are in your late 30s and 40s you know what you want,” she said. "You're much more mature."
That maturity made Sánchez realize that she was ready to start a family a few years ago. Setting aside fears about how Hollywood would react to her new role, she focused on working actress she admired who have been able to balance motherhood and acting.
“Every single female that I look up to within the business, that I go, 'I wish I could have that career!,' they all have kids, and they’re doing it,” Sánchez said.
Sánchez admitted that she wants to give Sebella Rose a sibling.
“She needs to learn that she needs to share, we call her The Governor. She runs the house, that needs to change!” the actress said.
Naibe Reynoso is a freelance reporter from Los Angeles, California. Follow her @naibereynoso