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Diego Tinoco Is Hollywood’s Newest Heartthrob But He Just Wants To Learn How To Dance

Netflix’s coming-of-age series “On My Block” delivers on laughs as much as it does in showcasing the complex story arcs for the teen characters in the series. Diego Tinoco, the man who plays Cesar, spoke with mitú about his hopes for his character, his challenged playing the role, and the moments he is most proud of.

“On My Block” is currently in its second season and one of the central characters in this dramedy is Cesar Diaz played by Diego Tinoco.

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Tinoco brings Cesar to life as an intelligent teen who is close with his Goonies-esque squad of Ruby, Jamal, and his girlfriend Monse. He is shunned by his own family for not joining the neighborhood gang that his older brother Spooky runs and that’s just fine with him.

In an exclusive interview with mitú, Tinoco talked about Cesar’s internal struggles on the show, how he wishes he could be a better dancer for more reasons than one, and how he connects with Cesar the most.

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Cesar has gone through a lot of emotional and physical issues over the course of the two seasons. He has been rejected from his family for standing up to his older brother. He was homeless. Then he witnessed gang violence first-hand that took the life of his close friend. All the while, he is juggling a blossoming relationship with Monse and eventually getting over his heartbreak when they break up.

When talking about his character, it’s clear Tinoco is proud of the young man Cesar is turning into.

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“Initially from season one, Cesar never really wanted to be in the gang,” Tinoco says. “When you’re a kid, your options are so limited—but regardless through it all, he kept his focus through it all to not be in a gang, to not be like his brothers and [instead] focus on his dream.”

The first few episodes of season two show Cesar dealing with a very real and growing issue—teen homelessness.

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Cesar, like most people in his situation, explores other options besides living on the streets. He tried staying at a seedy hostel before Monse convinces him to sleep in her dad’s car. Jamal also allows him to spend nights at his house.

“It’s a real issue that is not just happening in TV—it’s happening across the world,” Tinoco says. “Most teen homelessness comes from California. It gave me a new perspective.”

While Tinoco plays a tough-as-nails character on the show, his own childhood was much different.

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Tinoco started acting when he was young. In fact, the actor is 21 years old and has been acting for a number of years. “On My Block” is his biggest break, but it is clear that he has quite the future in this industry. A lot of his success can be credited to the support of his parents.

His mother is from Ecuador and his father crossed the border from Mexico, and Tinoco is very proud of the family’s immigrant Latino roots.

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Like a lot of Latino children of immigrants, Spanish was his first language and he grew up eating dishes such as arroz con pollo, frijoles, and tortillas.

“My parents kill it on the dance floor, but they haven’t taught me any of the moves yet,” he said.

He even had to pass on a couple of auditions that required dancing scenes because he didn’t know how to dance.

What Tinoco lacks in dancing skills, he makes up for in tenacity.

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He struck out on his own when he was just a few years older than the character he plays on the show.

Cesar’s inner strength allows him to overcome the challenges he’s up against, something Tinoco can relate to as well from his own early days in his acting career.

Tinoco landed the role of Cesar after working his way up from minor roles in short films and the guest role of Mateo in MTV’s “Teen Wolf.”

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“When I first moved to LA when I was 17, I lived in a little studio apartment. It was rough, it was a battle. You don’t know if you are doing the right moves. In that battle aspect – we are both warriors,” he said.

“I think Cesar is in all of us,” Tinoco added.

That fighter spirit in Cesar is something fans will continue seeing if On My Block is renewed for Season 3.

You can stream the first and second season of “On My Block” on Netflix.

READ: Spoiler: Season 2 Of ‘On My Block’ Has Fans Screaming With Joy And Fear

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New Netflix Docuseries Explores The Summer The Night Stalker Terrorized Los Angeles

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New Netflix Docuseries Explores The Summer The Night Stalker Terrorized Los Angeles

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Richard Ramirez, a.k.a. The Night Stalker, spent the summer of 1985 terrorizing Los Angeles. Ramirez murdered 13 people during his reign of terror in Southern California. Netflix’s new docuseries is exploring the crime by interviewing law enforcement and family of the victims.

“Night Stalker: The Hunt For a Serial” killer is now streaming on Netflix.

“Night Stalker: The Hunt For a Serial Killer” is the latest Netflix docuseries diving into the true crimes that have shaped American society. Richard Ramirez is one of the most prolific serial killers of all time and single-handedly terrorized Los Angeles during the summer of 1985.

Ramirez fundamentally changed Los Angeles and the people who live there. The serial killer was an opportunistic killer. He would break into homes using unlocked doors and opened windows. Once inside, he would rape, murder, rob, and assault the people inside the home.

The documentary series explores just how Ramirez was able to keep law enforcement at bay for so long. The killer did not have a standard modus operandi. His victims ran the gamut of gender, age, and race. There was no indicator as to who could be next. He also rarely used the same weapon when killing his victims. Some people were stabbed to death while others were strangled and others still were bludgeoned.

While not the first telling of Ramirez’s story, it is the most terrifying account to date.

“Victims ranged in age from 6 to 82,” director Tiller Russell told PEOPLE. “Men, women, and children. The murder weapons were wildly different. There were guns, knives, hammers, and tire irons. There was this sort of feeling that whoever you were, that anybody could be a victim and anybody could be next.”

Family members of the various victims speak in the documentary series about learning of the horror committed to them. People remember grandparents and neighbors killed by Ramirez. All the while, police followed every lead to make sure they left no stone unturned.

“Night Stalker: The Hunt For a Serial Killer” is now streaming on Netflix.

READ: Here’s How An East LA Neighborhood Brought Down One Of America’s Most Notorious Serial Killers

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Exes Wilmer Valderrama and Demi Lovato Are Playing Soulmates in Netflix’s Animated Movie Charming and Talk About Awkward

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Exes Wilmer Valderrama and Demi Lovato Are Playing Soulmates in Netflix’s Animated Movie Charming and Talk About Awkward

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Wilmer Valderrama and Demi Lovato don’t let a little thing like emotional baggage get in the way of their careers. The famous former couple proved that exes can actually be friends when they worked together on the new Netflix animated movie, “Charming”, that premiered on Friday.

Not only did Lovato and Valderrama co-star in the children’s movie together, but they played lovers. And not just lovers, but soulmates.

It looks like Lovato and Valderrama truly decided to remain friendly and supportive of each other after their breakup in 2016. Which in itself is a rarity!

In “Charming”, Valderrama voices a spoiled Prince who is “cursed” to have every woman fall in love-at-first sight with him until his 21st birthday.

When the project was announced in 2015, Valderrama was extremely excited about the opportunity to represent greater diversity in a children’s movie. “We’ve all been waiting so long to see a Latin princess represented in an animated fairy tale,” he told Deadline. “I’m grateful to the enlightened producer John Williams for anointing me as the first Latin prince.”

Lovato plays a Lenore, a savvy street urchin who is also cursed to never find love. Together, the unlikely duo are tasked with going on a quest to break Charming’s curse so he can save the kingdom.

When discussing their previous relationship in the past, Lovato and Valderrama have been nothing but gracious.

In fact, Demi Lovato recently told Harper’s Bazaar that she’s happy for Valderrama and his new fiancée, Amanda Pacheco. “I’m really happy for him and I wish him nothing but the best, but we’re not in each other’s lives, haven’t spoken in a long time,” she admitted.

She continued: “But I think I needed that because I needed to learn to be okay on my own. When you get into a relationship with somebody at that young of an age and then you spend six years with somebody, you don’t really get to learn about yourself.”

When Lovato has talked about the reasons behind their split before, she’s always maintained that it had “nothing to do with falling out of love”.

“The sparks never faded, but there are issues that I haven’t conquered yet that I know I won’t conquer if I’m relying on somebody else to take care of the loneliness,” said Lovato in her 2017 documentary, “Simply Complicated”.

But Lovato and Valderrama aren’t the only reason to queue up this flick. The movie also stars Ashley Tisdale as Cinderella, Avril Lavigne as Snow White, and Chinese popstar phenomenon G.E.M. as Sleeping Beauty.

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