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Queer Latinas Have A Very Relatable Character In ODAAT’s Elena Alvarez

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Netflix’s “One Day at a Time” is truly one of the only sitcom comedies so many people have been able to relate to. Based on the CBS sitcom of the same name, Netflix upped its relevance by basing the story around a Cuban-American family. The show features a single mom, who is also a veteran suffering from PTSD; an abuelita Cuban immigrant; her pet grandson who can do no wrong; and Elena Alvarez, a teenage girl coming to terms with her sexuality.

Watching a gay Latina, well-played by straight ally Isabella Gomez, navigate teenagehood in an overprotective Latino home is a world of difference from similar shows targeting white audiences. Often, our experiences don’t come close to the loving response Elena gets, but seeing it come to fruition for a fictional character is everything. Here are some of the times Elena was the queer Latina representation that has been missing for too long.

We said it to our mami’s over and over again and they thought we were wacky feminists.

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Well, it was all true. Elena’s mom’s response was like all of ours: “I know, honey, but you’ll find the right boy and then you’ll know.” Nope. There never was a right boy.

We all had one best friend that we called wifey and held hands with.

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You didn’t have romantic feelings for them (or maybe you did), but the intimacy you craved most was with girls and your lesbian heart knows no depths of love for your BFF. 

IRL, Gomez is besties with her on-screen bestie, played by Ariela Barer.

You were excited about saving the planet as a teenager.

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Sure, the activist lesbian is a stereotype, but I haven’t found a fellow queero who wasn’t either vegan, plastic-free, or concerned about world affairs as a teenager. The world needs us.

You were the feminist authority in the house.

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Before Elena’s sexuality ever came into question on the show, she was teaching Feminism 101 to all the generations that came before her. Same.

And you were never trying to be ladylike.

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The “how are you going to get a husband with Cheetos for fingers?” worked nothing on us. No me importa.

You were a constant disappointment for your lack of enthusiasm for beauty products.

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My mom threw away my skater Vans in a public dumpster to force me to buy different shoes or walk home barefoot, HBU?

Your reaction to kissing a boy for the first time was something like this:

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I mean, it usually wasn’t, right? 🤞Elena thought that if there was ever a boy that she would like, it would be cutie pie Josh. Raise your hand if you gave yourself this test before just letting yourself be gay? 🙋‍♀️

Your abuela or tías kept trying to force boys onto you.

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Or Elena onto Josh, in this case. Or your cousins kept calling you a snob for not being into the cutest boy on the block. “What, are you too good for him?” Uh, probably, yes.

When Elena justifies her attraction to Josh because he likes “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”

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These are solid reasons, Elena. Most people don’t have to write a list of nice things about a person to convince them they like them. Take note, baby gays.

“I feel more when I see a photo of Kristen Stewart than I do when I’m kissing him.”

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During Elena’s official coming out to her mom, it all clicked for Lupe right here in this moment. For my mom it was, “I had a feeling. You always made a disgusting face when I mentioned cojones.”

It’s like, you’re my mother. Who wouldn’t make a face?

When it’s so complicated figuring out if the girl you like also likes girls (and you)…

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Sometimes, you have to revert to cave speak. Let’s be real, coming out at any age is like resetting the clock to a 12-year-old boy. Eyes up, eyes up.

ODAAT devotes so much good screen time to getting Elena’s S.O., Syd’s pronouns right.

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They identify as they/them and when Elena’s mom starts calling them girlfriends, these two set everyone straight. They spent half an episode trying to figure out a gender neutral, affectionate term for each other. 

And the right amount of awkwardness when Lupe gives Elena the ‘sex talk.’

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Lupe goes to her “lesbian Yoda”, played by Judy Reyes, for advice and comes back with this. K…

When Elena’s dramatic abuela tells her how to come out of the closet.

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Apparently, flamingo style and with lots of flair. Lydia proves to be a priceless element of what it means to be queer and Latina.

Having to explain to her abuela identifying as gay is important by bringing up her Cubanidad.

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How many times have we heard someone’s abuela complain about why the gays have to have their own parade? But, yeah, we’re here to build the floats for all your Cuban parades, too.

When the abuela is in pure denial about the other gays in the family.

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“How is that gay?”

Literally, they all went to her wedding but Lydia eventually confesses she thought it was just a “very affectionate BBQ.” 

When Elena asked if she could wear Docs with her quince dress. 💀

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I’m dead. When her abuela surprised her with a pantsuit instead of a poofy dress on her big day, I was sobbing right along with Elena.

Of course, what’s being a queer Latina without a homophobic dad to throw into the mix.

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Luckily, he ends up coming around, but not before bailing on her at her own quince. ODAAT isn’t the fantasy world of what we all wish our childhood could have been. The machismo is real, and it made her dad bounce during the father-daughter dance.

Seeing Elena dance the father-daughter dance with her mami had us all 😭 😭 😭 

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Above all, this is a show about strong, empowered women, of all sexualities, ages, and interests coming together. There’s a reason why therapists are prescribing this show to their lesbian Latina clients (it me.)

We ultimately get to see Elena become comfortable and confident in her identity.

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When she confronts her father again and someone made a hat that said V.A.G. (short for Victor Alvarez Guapísimo), he refused to wear it. This. 😂 

And watch her family climb on board…

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Granted, Lydia had to become accidentally super duper high to make this realization, but, yes, the opera is gay. ; ) If you are, too, we highly recommend “One Day at a Time,” now streaming all three seasons on Netflix.

READ: The All-Time Best Quotes From Lydia On ODAAT That Are Too Relatable

Pop TV Has Saved ‘One Day At A Time’ And This Is Not A Drill, Y’all

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Pop TV Has Saved ‘One Day At A Time’ And This Is Not A Drill, Y’all

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“One Day at a Time” is back. After strong fan support and a campaign to bring back the acclaimed series, Pop TV has announced that it has picked up the popular series canceled by Netflix earlier this year, for a 13-episode fourth season. According to Vulture, the series is set for a 2020 return and will also air the first three seasons of the show, which will also continue to stream on Netflix.

As well as airing on Pop TV, “One Day at a Time” will run repeats on CBS meaning the show will return to where the original series aired over 40 years ago.

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According to Deadline, while some canceled shows have previously been picked up by Netflix, this is the first time a scripted series canceled by the streaming service has found a new home. This is just another example of how transcendent and popular the series has been since it returned back in 2017.

“How amazing it is to be involved with this brilliant and culturally significant series that deals with important themes one minute while making you laugh the next,” Brad Schwartz, Pop TV president, said in a statement. “We couldn’t be more proud to continue telling heartwarming stories of love, inclusion, acceptance, and diversity that pull on your emotions while putting a smile on your face.”

It seemed at some points that the series wasn’t going to make a return but with fan support anything is possible.

When the series was initially canceled back in March, fans and stars of the show were upset. Many credited the show for being one of the lone series with Latino representations on television. Netflix said low viewership numbers were to blame for the canceling but many didn’t buy that.

Fans soon rallied around the show on social media as producers at Sony Television had begun exploring other options for the show. Using the hashtag #SaveODAAT, fans called on a new platform to pick up the critically acclaimed series.

But for the past few months, it was unclear whether the show would ever come back. Today, showrunner Gloria Calderón Kellett broke the news on Twitter and it set off a firestorm of excitement through the fandom.

“WE’RE BACK! Thanks to every fan who made #saveodaat trend worldwide, ONE DAY AT A TIME is heading to POP TV & we couldn’t be more excited! We have many more stories to tell about & we can’t wait to share them with you!

Reaction to the series returning has been met with joy and praise across social media.

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There is well-deserved reason to celebrate the return of ODAAT. One of them being the show’s inclusiveness and representation of various characters. It was this reason many felt the show deserved a second chance and now it will get an even bigger platform.

“I still can’t believe Netflix canceled One Day At A Time and fucked over Rita Moreno like of all the people you’re gonna cancel a show on, they had to cancel a living legend? And now a random channel came and saved the day? I’d be straight up embarrassed to be Netflix right now,” one user wrote on Twitter.

ODAAT is only going to grow in popularity now and we can thank it’s loyal fans for supporting and campaigning for its return.

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While details of the new season are yet to be released, we do know that Season 4 will see the Cuban-American family dealing with new challenges. This includes Elena entering her senior year of high school, Penelope moving up in her medical career and of course, more of Lydia.

We can hardly wait for the new season already. But at this point, we’re all just happy to see this much-needed series find a new home. We think Rita Morena said it perfectly about the show’s return.

“SAVEODAAT is old news…#MoreODAAT is more like it!! Thank you @PopTV #ODAAT @OneDayAtATime we’re backkkk!”

READ: Netflix Canceled ‘One Day At A Time’ And Fans Are Livid With The Network’s Decision

Froy Gutierrez Is Supernatural Mexican Eye Candy And This Post Proves It

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Froy Gutierrez Is Supernatural Mexican Eye Candy And This Post Proves It

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Froy Gutierrez has played so many different roles in his short 20 years of life that you may see him as Nolan from “Teen Wolf,” Charlie from “Bella and the Bulldogs,” and Josh Flores, Elena’s almost boyfriend, from “One Day at a Time.” Or maybe you’re just into Froy Gutierrez because you’ve seen a photo of him.

Before you just see him as eye candy, get to know the guy a little. Here are 20 facts about Froy Gutierrez that, once you know, you’ll love him for it.

Gutierrez has only been acting for a few years.

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In an interview with Regard Mag, Gutierrez said that, while he started acting as a hobby, he always was “obsessed with storytelling, drunk on it. Even when I was little, I knew that film and TV were immersive in ways that books were not, and spoke in ways that orators could not articulate. Little me would watch and replay the ‘Hercules’ movie daily. As I grew older, that hunger for good storytelling stuck with me. I guess I’ve always been profoundly enamored with this industry.”

Gutierrez grew up between Mexico and Texas.

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While he was born in Dallas, he lived in Guadalajara for five years and is Mexican on his father’s side.

Caption: “happy mother’s day to the coolest cat in town. sincerely, grumpy baby. ➖🧤➖”

He considers his bilingual childhood “more of a privilege than anything else.”

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He explained to Buzzfeed what it was like to code-switch between America and Mexico: “I’d go to Mexico and have a very ‘American’ accent when I spoke Spanish, then I’d come back to the States and I’d speak English with a Mexican accent. So, it was really funny to be both but neither one at the same time.”

His favorite curse word in Spanish is “cabrón.”

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Spanish curse words are better than English curse words. Maybe it is the emotion that comes through when you speak Spanish, or it is the fact that Spanish curse words are the best.

He joined the Dallas Children’s Theater just for fun.

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He’s always looked at acting as sort of a hobby and followed that passion. That theater group was how he was discovered and brought into a local musical, “Teen Brain.”

He dropped out of an Economics major in college to take on “Teen Wolf.”

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When Regard Mag asked what he would be doing if he wasn’t an actor, he said, “Before acting, I was studiously aiming for a career as an economist, believe it or not!”

He grew up watching “Teen Wolf.”

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Gutierrez said that acting was always a passion, never a career goal. He never expected to be a star in the show that his friends would break down week after week at lunch.

He always felt like “the new kid” on set.

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He started out as a guest and was suddenly on set with all these people he’s seen all over Tumblr for years. He told Buzzfeed, “So in my first couple of episodes I just kept thinking, I am going to keep to myself and do my best work. And if they talk to me they talk to me, and if they don’t they don’t. I definitely felt like the new kid [laughs]!”

He did take some souvenirs from the “Teen Wolf” set.

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Don’t worry, Gutierrez is a good Latino boy and “of course, I checked with the wardrobe people first.” He told Buzzfeed, “Because the show was ending and they were auctioning off everything anyways, they let us pick out things to keep. I kept Nolan’s shoes and the hoodie with his number on the back.”

He was shocked when he finally got to play Josh Flores, a Latino, on Netflix’s “One Day at a Time.”

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The showrunner, Gloria Calderón Kellet, had made it very clear to him that Josh Flores would be played by a Latina actor, which, according to his interview with Buzzfeed, “is usually not a great sign for me, because they’ll invite me in to read, but then want someone who looks more of a certain way. Still, I went in anyways, and when I got the call that I landed the role I was genuinely shocked.”

He didn’t know who Rita Moreno was at first, but his very excited father schooled him.

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Apparently, when he told his father he got the role and gave the list of actors, he said, “Rita Moreno! ¡No manches, güey!” 😂

From Gutierrez’s account, Rita Moreno is the abuela we all deserve.

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He told Buzzfeed, “Honestly, she has just done so much for the Latinx community. I remember after the first season wrapped she invited all the young Latinx people on the show to her apartment, she showed us her Oscar and her Grammy, which we got to hold! She was walking us through how the industry works and told us how she dealt with X, Y, and Z situations. “

Recently, Gutierrez has been trying out a career in music.

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It wasn’t until he heard Pure Heroine by Lorde that he felt a deep connection to music. “Music for me comes from a more experimental place more than anything,” he told Buzzfeed. “I find all art forms very compelling, but acting and music for me are the things that I am compelled to the most.”

He just released his first single, “Fix Me.”

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I know what you’re thinking. Another actor trying to make it in music. Truly, you should listen to “Fix Me,” because Gutierrez’s voice has surprising range. The song is an upbeat anthem for folks just trying to get their life together.

His favorite bands in middle school were Linkin Park, Green Day, and Blink-182.

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He told Buzzfeed how, “In middle school, I had a lot of feelings of estrangement and loneliness that were very new to me and I very much leaned on some of my favorite bands at the time, like Linkin Park, Green Day, and Blink-182, and drew a lot of emotional courage from them.”

His favorite Selena song is “Como La Flor.”

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Boy’s Mexican-American from Texas. Of course he would have a favorite Selena song. He has a favorite Selena song and it’s because his primo used to play it all the time.

Your boy is messy.

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In 2017, he told Regard Mag that when it comes to fashion, he’s not the guy to ask. “I know for a fact that my room is ridiculously messy. All my clothes are from Target and the thrift store by my house. As I’m writing you, I’m wearing gym shorts from my freshman year and a black t shirt I purchased on clearance. I would not be the guy you go to for fashion/style advice.”

He used to work for Build a Bear. 🐻

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He also worked for AT&T, Hasbro, Boy Scouts of America and more.

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He recently starred in a feature film, “A Cowgirl’s Story.”

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The film is about a young girl whose parents are fighting in the Afghanistan War. Gutierrez plays Jason, a country teenager being overly pressured by his father to run the family business. This outfit suits Gutierrez and that’s all I know.

Look out for Gutierrez in Season 2 of Hulu’s “Light as a Feather.”

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Gutierrez will play a character named Ridge in the supernatural thriller. The “Teen Wolf” fandom can celebrate Gutierrez staying in the supernatural realm, though we don’t expect any werewolves to come out to play in this series.

READ: Netflix Canceled ‘One Day At A Time’ And Fans Are Livid With The Network’s Decision