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Meet The Fresh All-Latino Cast Of The New ‘Party Of Five’ Reboot Dealing With Immigration

As we reported earlier this year, there’s a new version of “Party of Five” that will be seen soon on the small screen. But this version won’t be like the old one. In fact, the only similarity that the two shows have — as we can see now — is that they’re both two families that are without their parents. The coolest part about this new reboot is that the cast won’t be all white, but all Latino.

The “Party of Five” reboot cast has been announced and we have been given an all Latino cast.

The announcement, reported by Deadline, includes the four major roles of the older siblings, and not the little guy.

The original “Party of Five” followed five siblings who were orphaned when their parents were killed by a drunk driver. Audiences watched the five siblings learn how to grow up without guidance after losing both of their parents.

This version of “Party Of Five” will focus on a Mexican-American family who’s parents — named Gloria and Javier Buendía — have been deported to Mexico, leaving their kids to take care of themselves.

And the cast is nothing like we expected. Here they are…

Brandon Larracuente as the oldest brother.

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You may recognize Brandon from “13 Reasons Why” or “Bloodline.” Brandon has been acting since he was eight years old and began his career on the theater stage.

Brandon will be playing the role of Emilio Buendía, an aspiring musician, which Matthew Fox played in the original. Not only does that means he’s the oldest brother, but the main man in charge. But here’s an issue, according to Deadline, “he’s the least responsible of the siblings, and had been enjoying living away from home and the freedom that came with it until his parents’ status was threatened.” Yikes, in fact, Emilio is the reason why the parents first came to the U.S. in the first place.

Emily Tosta as the oldest sister.

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Emily comes by way of shows such as “Mayans M.C.” and “NCIS: Los Angeles.” According to her IMDB profile, she was “born in Dominican Republic to a Venezuelan mom and Dominican dad.”

Emily will play the role that made actress Neve Campbell famous. She will be the oldest sister — Lucia Buendía — “a straight-A student with lofty college ambitions until her parents run into trouble with immigration,” Deadline reports.

Niko Guardado as the second oldest brother. 

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Niko (seen on “The Goldbergs” and “The Fosters”) plays the role of second oldest brother of the family, who is the Scott Wolf character. Many may remember that Wolf was pretty much everyone’s crush when the original show was back on in the ’90s. We’re thinking Niko will take that throne easily.

His name on the show is Beto and is the one that really steps up in the family to take over their parents. Since Emilio isn’t the most responsible brother, Niko is calling the shots.

Elle Paris Legaspi as the youngest sister. 

Legaspi will play 10-year-old Valentina, who was once played by Lacey Chabert. The original character was a little bit annoying. She was always in people’s business, whining about this and that, so we hope Elle doesn’t have to do the same.

According to Deadline, Valentina is “precocious and resourceful” but very vulnerable considering she is still a young child without her mom.

We can’t wait to see this!


READ: ‘Party Of Five’ Is Returning To TV With One Big Twist

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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Says People Always Assumed He Was a Girl Growing Up Because He Had ‘Soft Features’

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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Says People Always Assumed He Was a Girl Growing Up Because He Had ‘Soft Features’

Dwayne Johnson, agreeably one of the most “masculine” presenting people in the world, recently revealed that people weren’t always so quick to assume he was so. In an interview on “Sunday Today with Willie Geist,” that took place earlier this week the American actor and former professional wrestler revealed that when he was a child, people often assumed he was a girl. 

Speaking about his experience with presumed gender identity, The Rock revealed that people often thought he was girl because of his “soft features.”

“I would say between the ages of 7 and 11, people thought that I was a little girl because I had really soft features and I had really soft Afro hair,” he explained in his interview with Willie Geist.

The actor even went so far as to share a time in his life as a fifth-grader who was riding on a school bus.

“I sit down next to a kid, and within 60 seconds, he goes, ‘Can I ask you something?'” The Rock recalled. “I said, ‘Yeah.’ He goes, ‘Are you a boy or a girl?'”

Drawing on this time in his life, Johnson revealed that likely this also chalks up to his frequent moves as a child.

During his childhood, Johnson’s father Rocky Johnson was a professional wrestler who often moved his family around. According to John, he attended thirteen different schools by the time he was in high school.

“I have had a Forrest Gump-ian childhood growing up,” Johnson explained in his interview. “Wrestling in the ’80s and in the ’70s was way different than it is today. A lot of the times, including my father, the wrestlers would live paycheck to paycheck.”

The former wrestler reflection on earlier days coincides with the recent premiere of the hit NBC sitcom “Young Rock” a new series based on his life.

Fans of Johnson will be glad to know that he also stars in the series.

He is also portrayed by three different actors Adrian Groulx, Bradley Constant and Uli Latukefu.

“Growing up, and you know we specifically went with these timelines in my life that were very defining times at 10 years old, 15 and 18 … there’s a lot of things in between those years that took place … but it was complicated and the relationship that I had with my dad was incredibly complicated — that was fueled by tough love,” he explained during NBC’s TCA press tour in an interview about the series.

He went onto share that his father “was kicked out of his house at 13 and he was homeless, so that then shaped the man who then raised me… And in that complication came an extraordinary life that was full of travel. I lived in 13 different states by the time I was 13 years old, also lived in New Zealand.”

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Chloe Zhao Makes Historical Oscar Win By Becoming First WOC And Second Woman To Win Best Director

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Chloe Zhao Makes Historical Oscar Win By Becoming First WOC And Second Woman To Win Best Director

In its 93 years, the Academy Awards has only ever recognized only seven women in the category of Best Director. This is despite the fact that women have had a long and lasting presence in film history. This year, two women were honored with nominations at the Oscars this year. Emerald Fennell was nominated for her work on “Promising Young Woman” starring Carey Mulligan.

This year, Chloe Zhao, the director of “Nomadland” became the second woman in history to win the best directing award in nearly 100 years.

She is also the first woman of color to win the award.

Zhao won Best Director at the Oscars and became the first woman of color to win the award.

“When I was growing up in China, my dad and I would play this game. We would memorize classic poems and text and try to finish each other’s sentences,” Zhao explained during her acceptance speech.

She went on to recite a line of poetry in Chinese and then translated it in English, “People at birth are inherently good.”

“I have always found goodness in the people I met,” she said. “This is for anyone who has the faith and courage to hold onto the goodness in themselves.”

In addition, Zhao won directing awards from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, and the Directors Guild of America.

Despite the presence of women in the entertainment industry, only seven women have been nominated for awards.

American filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to win the Academy Award for Best Director for her 2009 film The Hurt Locker. Directors Lina Wertmuller (“Seven Beauties”), Jane Campion (“The Piano”), Sofia Coppola (“Lost in Translation”), and Greta Gerwig (“Lady Bird”) are the only other female directors to have ever been nominated for the best-directing award.

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