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Group behind ‘Vida’ needs to ‘complicate’ queerness on TV

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By Gwen Aviles

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When Roberta Colindrez was supplied the function of Nico in season two of the STARZ collection “Vida” — about two sisters who return to their gentrifying hometown on the east facet of Los Angeles to take over their late mom’s bar — she nearly turned it down.

Colindrez stated when Tanya Saracho, the collection’ showrunner, referred to as to supply her the job, Colindrez instantly requested, “What’s Nico like?” Saracho’s response gave Colindrez pause.

“She was like, ‘Properly, she’s homosexual,’” Colindrez recalled. “That was the very first thing that got here out of her mouth.”

“I advised her I’ve an issue studying character breakdowns when the primary descriptor is ‘queer’ or ‘Latinx.’” Colindrez added, saying she adopted up by asking Saracho, “What does she do? What are her passions? Who is that this individual?”

Colindrez, who, like Saracho, identifies as queer, stated she was initially uncomfortable with the thought of taking part in Nico, a bartender and the love curiosity of one of many important characters, as a result of she was anxious about being typecast and lacking out on different roles.

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