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Minn. native prepares for new role on Lifetime's 'Devious Maids'

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After 14 years of toiling in film and television, Twin Cities native Brianna Brown is readying for her biggest role yet as one of the stars of the new Lifetime Television series "Devious Maids," the Star Tribune reports.

Described as a "quasi-sequel" to ABC's hit series "Desperate Housewives," "Devious Maids" premieres Sunday night on Lifetime.

"Devious Maids" marks the first regular series role for the 33-year-old Brown, who made her TV debut in 1999 in the NBC series "Freaks and Geeks." Brown was born in St. Paul and grew up mostly in Apple Valley -- and moved to Los Angeles at age 19 after spending a short time at St. Olaf College studying broadcast journalism.

She told the Star Tribune's Neal Justin that the show was originally developed by "Desperate Housewives" network ABC, but not picked up. "Housewives" and "Devious Maids" creator quickly got on board with Lifetime, Brown says, and the show will broadcast in both English and Spanish.

“You compete against hundreds of girls to even get a test and then you hope and pray that it gets picked up,” Brown told Justin. “This is the golden ticket. It’s awesome.”

Brown has also appeared in several TV guest roles over the years, on such shows as "CSI," "CSI: New York," "CSI: Miami," "Without a Trace," "Smallville" and most recently, "True Blood." She's also appeared on the big-screen in small roles in such films as "The 40-Year-Old Virgin," "Spider-Man 2" and "Knocked Up."

She also had a two-year stint on the daytime drama "General Hospital" from 2010-2012, and tells Justin that it was her guest role on the acclaimed series "Homeland" which caught the attention of "Devious Maids" executive producer Sabrina Wind.

Brown won her role on the show in March of 2012, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

"Devious Maids" follows the class warfare between a group of under-appreciated Hispanic maids and their elite employers in Beverly Hills.

Brown plays Taylor Stappord on the show, a small-town girl from the Midwest who follows her dreams to Los Angeles and marries prominent LA lawyer Michael Stappord (Brett Cullen). Coming from a modest background, Taylor finds a shoulder to lean on for her troubles as well as a trusted friend in the couple's new maid, Marisol Duarte (Ana Ortiz).

At the center of the show, like "Housewives," is a murder: "Whoever holds the dirt holds the power, and before the season is over, illicit affairs will be revealed and deep dark secrets exposed as we learn the sordid details behind a shocking murder of a beloved housemaid," the show's website says.

See a preview of "Devious Maids" below.

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