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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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Gabriel Fernandez’s Mother, Pearl Fernandez, Is Trying to Have Her Murder Conviction Thrown Out

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Gabriel Fernandez’s Mother, Pearl Fernandez, Is Trying to Have Her Murder Conviction Thrown Out

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Gabriel Fernandez’s mother, Pearl Fernandez, is trying to have her murder conviction thrown out. The 37-year-old woman has been in jail since 2018 for the murder and torture of her eight-year old son.

Pearl Fernandez is petitioning the court for resentencing, hoping to have her first-degree murder and/or second-degree murder charges thrown out.

Fernandez is hoping to have her sentence vacated based off of new changes to the California state penal code. “I think that she feels that somehow maybe, you know, the special circumstance will be dismissed or maybe she’ll have a chance that the D.A. will agree with the petition,” Deputy District Attorney Jonathan Hatami said to CBSLA.

In June 2018, a judge sentenced Pearl Fernandez to life without parole. The judge charged Pearl Fernandez with the 2013 torture and killing of her eight-year-old son, Gabriel Fernandez.

On May 22, 2013, Gabriel Fernandez died after suffering a fatal beating from his mother. Pearl Fernandez was allegedly angry that he didn’t clean up his toys.

The details of Pearl and her boyfriend’s lengthy torture campaign against Gabriel Fernandez are both gruesome and numerous. Over the course of his eight-month stay with Isauro Aguirre, the couple broke his bones, burned him with cigarettes, pepper-sprayed him, and forced him to eat his own vomit as well as animal feces. And that is just a short-list of what they did.

The case came to national attention after the release of the 2020 Netflix documentary, “The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez“. The documentary shone a spotlight on the insidious nature of child abuse. It also highlighted the systematic failures of the social services system that fails to protect children.

Elected officials have expressed their disgust at Pearl Fernandez for trying to escape justice by taking advantage of updated laws.

“The policies and directives from my office and these new laws created by the Legislature are emboldening murderers of children to apply to be re-sentenced,” said Deputy DA Hatami to City News Service. “This is completely unfair to the surviving families and their loved ones.”

He continued: “Families now have to relive all the horror that was perpetrated upon a small and helpless child. Based upon all the evidence presented at the grand jury, which was made public, and the jury trial, Pearl Fernandez was a major participant in the torture and murder of little Gabriel.”

It seems obvious by the fact that Pearl Fernandez is trying to get out of jail after torturing her son to death, that she isn’t remorseful about her actions.

Any other mother who killed her son would probably want to spend the rest of her life in jail instead of trying to find a way to get out of it.

If you believe someone you know is experiencing–or committing–child abuse, there are resources to help. Call the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-Child or 1-800-422-4453, or go to www.childhelp.org. Staying vigilant could help save a child like Gabriel Fernandez.

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Regé-Jean Page Is Leaving ‘Bridgerton’ and We’re Devastated

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Regé-Jean Page Is Leaving ‘Bridgerton’ and We’re Devastated

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There is some very bad news for “Bridgerton” fans. On Friday, Netflix announced that Regé-Jean Page is not returning for the second season of the smash-hit Shondaland series. Regé-Jean Page played the dashing Duke Simon Basset in the first season.

Netflix told the world that Regé-Jean Page would not be returning to “Bridgerton” via a statement written in the voice of Lady Whistledown.

“While all eyes turn to Lord Anthony Bridgerton’s quest to find a Viscountess, we bid adieu to Regé-Jean Page, who so triumphantly played the Duke of Hastings. We’ll miss Simon’s presence onscreen, but he will always be a part of the Bridgerton family,” Lady Whistledown wrote.

They also added: “Daphne will remain a devoted wife and sister, helping her brother navigate the upcoming social season and what it has to offer – more intrigue and romance than my readers may be able to bear.”

Apparently, it was Regé-Jean Page’s decision not to return to the multicultural costume drama.

Although the role of duke Simon Basset shot Page to stardom, he feels that it’s now time for him to move onto bigger and better things. In an interview with Variety, Page said that Bridgerton producers always told him that his role would be a “one-season arc” with a “beginning, middle, end”.

“[I thought] ‘That’s interesting,’ because then it felt like a limited series,” said Page. “I get to come in, I get to contribute my bit and then the Bridgerton family rolls on.”

According to Bridgerton producers, the next season will largely revolve around Anthony Bridgerton (played by Jonathan Bailey) as he tries to nab the love of his life.

Unfortunately, that storyline doesn’t seem quite as appealing to Bridgerton fans who loved to stare at Regé-Jean Page’s face for hours on end.

“Well, not sure what the point of watching this now,” said one disgruntled Twitter user. “We all know that Simon was the reason why most of us were watching this :/”

Fans of the book series, however, were much quicker to jump to Regé-Jean Page’s defense.

“Guys, each season is about one brother/sister, first season was about Daphne, second season will be about Anthony!” wrote another fan. “Simon won’t be the main character as he was. Accept Anthony and Kate [the new love interest]”. They added later: “The name [of the show] is ‘Bridgerton’ not Duke of Hastings.”

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