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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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The Teaser Is Out For Season 3 Of Cobra Kai And OMG I Want To Take Karate Lessons

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The Teaser Is Out For Season 3 Of Cobra Kai And OMG I Want To Take Karate Lessons

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Netflix’s “Cobra Kai” is continuing the epic story of Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence. The story now follows the two men as they train the fighters in their own dojos. The Netflix original series is coming back to for season 3 and, honestly, thank you, Netflix.

“Cobra Kai” season 3 is coming soon to Netflix soon and it’s about time.

Season 2 left us with a serious cliff hanger. A melee fight broke out at the high school between Cobra Kai and Miyagi Do. The fight, which was started by Samantha LaRusso and Tory Schwarber, took a shocking turn when Miguel Diaz gets knocked over a railing and falls to onto a staircase. Miguel fell onto the staircase below after being kicked by Robby Keene. Everyone was stunned when they saw Miguel fall and Robby immediately regretted his involvement.

Season 3 of “Cobra Kai” is coming to Netflix Jan. 8, 2021 and they are already renewed for a fourth season.

There is so much excitement around a new season of “Cobra Kai.” The show is bridging a generational gap between people who grew up with “Karate Kid” and those just discovering it through the Netflix show. “Karate Kid” spawned multiple sequels and made karate super cool, obvi. The latest iteration of the franchise puts a Latino, Miguel, in the main spotlight.

Young Latinos are loving the representation they get from Miguel as a main character.

There are issues with Miguel throughout the show that makes for frustrating moments. However, he is a teenager and we all know what it is like to be a teenager and just not get things. He is led by his emotions and, in classic movie teenage angst, finds himself becoming deeply committed to something to release his emotional frustrations.

Also, it continues to push the narrative that representation matters because it does.

It cannot be stressed enough how much people are loving this show.

“Cobra Kai” was a major show when it was first streaming. The Nielsen rating showed that “Cobra Kai” was second in the numbers of streams after its Netflix debut. The show began on YouTube Red (now YouTube Premium) but moved to Netflix because YouTube changed their strategy. The video-sharing platform is focusing more on content producers and less on creating scripted shows.

The move to Netflix brought the show to the forefront of entertainment as it hit number 1 for the streaming giant.

Binge watching television is what most people are doing as we sit in isolation in our apartments and homes. That kind of prolonged isolation has given people a chance to reconnect with their streaming options and dive into the content that is out there.

This show might be creating a new generation of karate enthusiasts.

If you’ve seen “Cobra Kai” then you know how exciting the idea of karate can be. Maybe the show being on Netflix will bring renewed interest to the sport. Who doesn’t want to be part of a dojo with other fighters who are ready to have you back?

READ: Netflix Finally Gave Us The Release Date For “Selena: The Series” And Fans Can’t Wait

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Netflix’s ‘Vampires Vs. The Bronx’ Takes A Horror-Comedy Approach To Gentrification

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Netflix’s ‘Vampires Vs. The Bronx’ Takes A Horror-Comedy Approach To Gentrification

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Netflix has been making the content we have all been waiting for and the latest hit is “Vampires Vs. The Bronx.” The movie is a new way to tell the narrative of gentrification through the lens of family-friendly horror. Netflix viewers are clearly loving the movie and some want to see it make history.

It’s hard to tell who is the biggest danger in “Vampires Vs. The Bronx.”

The comedy-horror was directed by Osmany Rodriguez who is the mastermind behind some of the funniest moments of “Saturday Night Live.” Basically, all of the 2016 election sketches with Alec Baldwin and Kate McKinnon are thanks to Rodriguez and his directing prowess.

Rodriguez brings his same comedic look on the darker issues to this movie where vampires, gentrifiers, and gangsters are overwhelming the Bronx. Yet, despite all of the obvious dangers out there, it is hard to figure out who the real threat to safety is.

First off, people were here for the way to real cultural moments.

Like, okay. We all know that Timbs are a thing in the Bronx. They are a cultural icon of the neighborhood and to see them used as a weapon in “Vampires Vs. The Bronx” was just *chef’s kiss*. Tbh, it was the kind of reaction you could feel in your soul as our communities are still actively fighting against rampant gentrification in our neighborhoods.

The trailer shows a group of boys trying to exist in their neighborhood as the ultimate turf war begins between the three factions. White people with canvas bags, insanely evil vampires, and the stereotypical gangsters are out in full force in this relevant and quickly beloved movie.

Rodriguez did what most filmmakers should: he talked to people in the Bronx.

Rodriguez didn’t shy away from learning what the people had to say about what was happening to their neighborhood. The most common complaint and observation he heard from people in Washington Heights and the Bronx was that gentrification was really taking a negative toll on the communities.

According to an interview with The Daily Beast, Rodriguez learned from Bronx and Washington Heights residents that gentrification was killing the souls of the two Latino neighborhoods. The same can be seen in Boyle Heights in Los Angeles, a Mexican and immigrant neighborhood.

People on social media cannot hype up the movie enough.

Fans of the movie appreciate the balance the movie has been able to strike when telling the story of gentrification. Also, the addition of vampires that seem to be just as horrible is a comical relief that communities impacted by gentrification seem to welcome. Rodriguez wanted to intentionally flip the narrative of gentrification making neighborhoods better and instead show that the neighborhoods are strong and vibrant with their own communities.

The movie has been compared to classics, like “Dracula.”

“Vampires Vs. The Bronx” is a clear commentary on the current class struggles happening in communities of color across the country. Much like the 1931 film “Dracula,” the narrative painted by the Netflix movie is poignant look at what is happening in the world.

“Dracula” was seen as a capitalist’s nightmare with the vampire representing the dead labor. That dead labor, which is the relentless work under capitalism, can only survive by draining the life out of the living to keep itself thriving.

It is clear that Netflix and Rodriguez gave their fans exactly what they wanted out of “Vampires Vs. The Bronx.”

People are more than fans. The movie has become a cultural entertainment moment for the communities represented in the film. This kind of representation is amazing. Afro-Latino talent is front and center in the film as the heroes and that is something we can all celebrate. Dominicans, Puerto Ricans, and Black actors delivered a performance that is resonating far beyond the Netflix-universe.

“Vampires Vs. The Bronx” is currently streaming on Netflix so you can watch it now.

READ: Netflix Finally Gave Us The Release Date For “Selena: The Series” And Fans Can’t Wait

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