Keck's Exclusives: Devious Maids' Devious Amputee
Melinda Page Hamilton
Following last season's amputation of Dr. Arizona Robbins's leg on Grey's Anatomy, characters with missing limbs will be introduced on three of Fox's upcoming series: the futuristic drama Almost Human, the military sitcom Enlisted and the thriller Sleepy Hollow (there's a headless horseman, remember?).
But Lifetime's Devious Maids gets a leg up on the competition with its militant one-legged Russian house manager, Odessa Burakov (Mad Men's Melinda Page Hamilton). "I played [the real Don Draper's widow] Anna Draper, who had a pronounced limp from polio," Hamilton says. "But this is my first time as a character with a prosthetic leg."
In an episode airing mid-August, Odessa will drop her severe facade and open up about how she lost her limb. "You learn that Odessa had dreams of being an artist, like Carmen [Roselyn Sanchez]," Hamilton says.
But viewers shouldn't feel too much sympathy for Odessa, who never loses her sadistic edge. "All I can say is, she can be pretty vicious with that prosthetic."
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