'Ana Maria in Novela Land' draws inspiration from telenovelas
Edy Ganem grew up watching Spanish-language telenovelas and movies. It's one of the reasons she decided to be an actress.
The film "Ana Maria in Novela Land" is about a young woman who's single, living at home and stuck at a job she hates. Until her boss fires her.
Just as things seem as though they couldn't possibly get any worse, they get a lot better for the telenovela-obsessed Ana Maria.
She is magically transported into an alternate universe, where she's suddenly Ariana Tomosa, the leading character in her favorite Spanish language soap opera.
And Ariana finds herself living a much less glamorous life with Ana Maria's parents. Edy Ganem, who plays Ana Maria, said she has always been a fan of Spanish telenovelas.
The "Devious Maids" actress said starring as Ana Maria gave her a freedom she hadn't experience.
"It really was a great departure from 'Devious Maids.' It was kind of like my world for a while."