Mon, Apr 16, 2012 2:49 PM EDT

In an interview with the Huffington Post, Eva Longoria defended the upcoming ABC pilot "Devious Maids" that she's executive producing. The show centers around four Latina maids in Beverly Hills with stories that Longoria says are worth telling.

Written by "Desperate Housewives" creator Marc Cherry and based on the Mexican format, "Devious Maids" follows four maids with ambition and dreams of their own while they work for the rich and famous in Beverly Hills. Ana Ortiz ("Ugly Betty"), Roselyn Sanchez ("Without A Trace"), Dania Ramirez ("Heroes"), and Judy Reyes ("Scrubs") have signed on to star in the four leading roles.

"They are the leads of the show, and they are playing maids, which is a realistic reflection of our society today in America," Longoria told the Huffington Post.

"When we get any sort of backlash like that-"Oh, they're just playing the stereotypical maids"-my immediate response is, 'So you're telling me those stories aren't worth telling. That those people are lesser than. That their stories aren't worth exploring. That they have no complexity in their life because they're a maid?'" Longoria went on to say.