Production on Starz‘s upcoming drama series Vida took a major step forward this week as the cable network new cast members to join previously-cast Melissa Barrera in the new half-hour series. Mishel Prada, Karen Ser Anzoategui, Chelsea Rendon, Carlos Miranda, and Maria Elena Laas have been cast as series regulars; with Tanya Saracho serving as showrunner, and Alonso Ruizpalacios on board to direct the series premiere.
Vida follows two Mexican-American sisters, serious-minded Emma (Prada) and care free Lyn (Barrera), from the Eastside of Los Angeles who couldn’t be more different or distanced from each other. Circumstances force them to return to their old neighborhood, where they are confronted by the past and shocking truth about their mother’s identity.
Prada’s (Fear The Walking Dead: Passage) Emma returns for her mother’s funeral and to deal with the family business after years of estrangement. Barrera’s Lyn is a “party girl” who;s figured out how to live a pretty worry-free life in the Bay Area.
Here’s a breakdown of the remaining roles:
Non-binary Latinx/Chicanx actor, playwright, and artivist Ser Anzoategui (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Shameless) portrays Eddy, a sensitive soul who is trustworthy, generous and passionate but also intimidating looking upon first glance.
Rendon (A Better Life, McFarland U.S.A.) will play Marisol, who is the expression of east side youth culture: woke, politicized, and deep in the resistance.
Miranda (Grandma, How To Get Away With Murder) will play Johnny, a stand-up guy who runs his ailing dad’s auto shop and is engaged to his pregnant girlfriend but has a history with Lyn.
Elena Laas (The Hot Chick, Kill The Habit) portrays Cruz, an enigmatic lesbian who has a checkered history with Emma.
Big Beach TV will produce Vida with Robin Schwartz, Peter Saraf, and Marc Turtletaub serving as executive producers. Stephanie Langhoff (Togetherness) is also executive producing with Chrisann Verges (Girlboss) producing.
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