We've all seen Eva Longoria embrace her inner slapstick heroine as the hilarious Ana Sofia Calderon on Telenovela. Through the course of the season, Longoria has been a catty, romantically-challenged, wardrobe malfunctioning, clumsy hot mess — demonstrating a willingness to make a complete fool of herself in the name of comedy.

Telenovela finds Eva Longoria fearlessly diving into funny

But Longoria, who cast members say is like a super-sweet matriarch to the cast and crew, is also running the show. As an executive producer, Longoria has a well-manicured hand in nearly every facet of the show's operations, from casting to scripts to wardrobe and even the off-screen romantic choices of her peeps. So don't get it twisted: behind that gorgeous face and the goofball antics she delivers on-screen Longoria is a lioness, and a little bit of a control freak.

Here, her co-star Jencarlos Canela, who plays Ana Sofia's ex-husband, co-star and kinda-secret crush, explains what it's like working with the fierce actress and why he wouldn't change her one bit.

Telenovela airs Mondays at 8:30/7:30c on NBC.