She's back in black! Lifetime's Devious Maidsreturns for Season 2 on Sunday, April 20 (10/9c), with a three-month time jump and what appears to be another murder. But that delicious, high-maintenance drama queen Genevieve Delatour — played by Emmy winner Susan Lucci — has not yet recovered from last season's "Who Killed Flora?" story. In fact, she's still in deep, deep mourning. Or is she? La Lucci gave TV Guide Magazine the camptastic details.
TV Guide Magazine: Genevieve's fiancé/ex-husband Phillipe [Stephen Collins] died after being revealed as Flora's killer. So why is she grieving? She dodged a bullet! Shouldn't she be relieved?
Lucci: It's the clothes! [Laughs] Genevieve is still in mourning because she's enjoying every black ensemble she can find. They're so slimming! And she's no longer strapped for cash because she inherited all of Phillipe's money. So it kind of worked out OK!
TV Guide Magazine: Has she finally learned a lesson about rushing into marriage?
Lucci: Are you kidding? She has attracted one rich and powerful man after another and now they're not coming along so fast and furious anymore and she thinks she's losing her mojo. So she's absolutely, desperately on the hunt for hubby number seven.
TV Guide Magazine: Eva Longoria, one of the exec producers of Devious Maids, makes her TV directing debut with the season premiere. How'd she do?
Lucci: You would never know this was her debut! Eva was wonderful to work with — smart, decisive, completely at ease and completely in synch with [creator] Marc Cherry's vision. Now we have to get her on the show!
TV Guide Magazine: You have a ball playing Genevieve's fear of aging. Didn't people assume back in your All My Children days that your ego couldn't handle such a thing?
Lucci: Nobody ever asked me to play that kind of story! I have so much fun with Genevieve's vanity and insecurity because Marc has a way of writing it that makes me laugh.
TV Guide Magazine: Do you identify with her?
Lucci: Who out there doesn't have problems getting old? Even women who haven't hit 30 yet are worried about age. It's the human condition. Of course, not everyone deals with it like Genevieve does, by self-medicating. But many do! She may have rich-people problems — let a saleslady offer her a size 2 dress and she considers it a slap in the face — but she's very relatable. And despite all her issues, there's something so likable about Genevieve. She may be rich and privileged and spoiled but she is not arch and she does not make class distinctions.
TV Guide Magazine: When ABC cancelled AMC did you wonder, like so many actors do, if you'd ever work again?
Lucci: Oh my goodness, yes. Absolutely! I wondered, "Am I really an actress? Can I find success someplace else? Will anyone else give me an opportunity — and if they do will I be able to deliver?" All of the above. It's terrible. You can spend a lifetime working in the business and it still means nothing. And so you spend a lot of time talking to yourself, planting seeds of doubt, until finally you're like, "Come on! Stop this!" It is torturous when an actor is between jobs and therefore you can never really enjoy that time off. Yes, you're convinced you'll never work again! But things worked out pretty well for me. [Laughs] Boy, did they! Every day I thank God — and Marc Cherry — for this fantastic opportunity.