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Although Julio Macias Was Born In Mexico City, He Assimilated When He Moved To The U.S. And Lost Touch With His Roots — Until He Landed A Part In ‘On My Block’

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Part of the appeal of “On My Block” is the resounding connections with its fans is its ability to paint stereotypical characters in a completely new light. The show is giving Latinos a chance to be represented in media without the negative stereotypes we see in media all the time. Either the characters are given qualities we don’t see or the stereotypical roles are given a different depth that just speaks to us.

One example of that is the tough head of the neighborhood gang—Spooky, who happens to be the older brother of Cesar Diaz, one of the show’s protagonists.

Played by actor Julio Macias, Spooky showed on season one he had a much more multifaceted backstory than audiences first thought. In an exclusive interview with mitú, Macias talks about how Spooky wants the best for his brother and how playing him allowed him to connect more to being a Latino in this generation.

Thanks to Spooky, Julio Macias feels more connected to his Latino roots.

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“I think the core four all knew Oscar before we was Spooky, before when he was a kid,” Macias says. “They all knew Oscar as well, so I think that’s the reason they don’t mess with him in that sense. They know he is coming from a broken past, but he wants an optimistic future not for him, but for his brother.”

That’s some deep stuff right there.

It was that touching beach scene in which Spooky reveals all the ways he took care of Cesar when they were kids that first attracted Macias to even play the role of a gang member.

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“What attracted me to the role was the beach scene. It was the first thing that I read that I auditioned for the role,” he says.

He added Spooky’s lines in that scene convinced him to give that role a second chance.

“I had that pre-judgment of that character even before I played him,” Macias admits.

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Macias added: “What attracted me was that scene is really heartfelt, and he is coming from a place of love and is protecting his brother in the way he can.”

Macias credits the talented cast and crew for the ability to bring range to Spooky’s character.

“I’m very happy [creators] Lauren, Jeremy and Eddie allowed me to be vulnerable. It was written in a certain way, but we played with it and working with Diego [Tinoco] was fantastic,” Macias says. “It’s not me—it’s a village, it’s the writers, the directors. It morphed into let’s explore this character on a deeper level, and you wouldn’t get to see that in that character [usually.]”

Macias, who was born in Mexico City and moved to the U.S. with his family as a kid, says that he tried to assimilate into the culture as much as he could so he wouldn’t be seen as ‘other.’

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“I constantly tried to talk like them [his peers at school], and tried to fit in by blending in,” he says.

Playing Spooky allowed him to come into his own as a an actor—and a Latino.

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“So far in my career, this is by far the best character,” Macias says. “It’s a blessing—it really is—not only for opening my roots and my culture, and my place in this conversation. And the conversation will continue and push in the right direction.

“And besides from that, that Netflix and Lauren [Iungerich] allowed me to create a character that was so removed from myself,” Macias adds.

Macias feels #blessed playing Spooky allowed him to be anything but boxed in.

“As a Latino, you try to blend in and incorporate yourself even as an actor. I just wanted to be an actor, not like ‘that Mexican actor or Latino actor,’” he says.

“Once I started playing this character, I[asked] ‘Why didn’t I lean into it before?’ This role opened up my understanding of who I am and my culture and my place in all of this,” Macias explained.

Now that season 3 has a definite greenlight, Macias says he wants to “throw a wrench” in what audiences expect of Spooky.

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“One thing I would like to do because this would be fun as an actor—we’ve seen Spooky bark and see why people are scared of him, but we still need to understand what happened for him to make [these] choices.I would like to complicate the character, to explore that,” he says.

Looks like we will all have to wait and see what’s in store for him and the rest of the cast when the show returns for its third season!

On My Block seasons one and two are currently streaming on Netflix.  

READ: Exclusive: ‘On My Block’ Co-Creator Eddie Gonzalez Discusses How His Childhood Came To Life On The Show

Finally A Drag Race Elimination That We Can All Agree With Even If It Still Kinda Hurts

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Finally A Drag Race Elimination That We Can All Agree With Even If It Still Kinda Hurts

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The mother of all Drag Race exits has left the building once again. And even though we have to say it was a well-deserved elimination (finally!), watching a legendary queen sashay away wasn’t easy.

Miss Vanjie was obviously a fan favorite and people are having all the feels.

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Even if she was a fan favorite, it’s been pretty well-accepted that Miss Vanjie just didn’t deliver this episode and when you’re in the Top 5, you have to bring it every. single. time.

But let’s start from the top.

As always, the queens return to the workroom after Nina’s elimination. Everyone seems surprised at her elimination and given the tone of their conversation, Nina’s a shoo-in for Miss Congeniality this season.

Silky is still pissed at Brooke for pairing her with Soju for the makeover challenge, but there’s no doubt among the queens that she deserved to be in the bottom.

Both A’keria and Brooke are straight with her about her underwhelming lip-sync since she’s been hyping up her lip-sync skills all season and when finally tested, she was a complete mess.

Yet for some reason, Mother Ru keeps saving her. Like whyyyy?!

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Don’t tell this to the Reverend Doctor or you’re going to have some serious issues but after numerous critiques from the judges, Silky has completely failed to improve.

When it came time for the Lip Sync, Mama Ru went for the ratings and pitted Miss Vanjie against Brooke.

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Each had to perform to the Aretha Franklin classic “Pride: A Deeper Love.”
After what can only be described as a pretty average lip synch, Ru decides to save Brooke and tells Miss Vanjie to sashay away.

But did their “situation-ship” survive the battle?

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According to Miss Vanjie in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, we’ll have to wait until the reunion special to hear the tea on #Branjie, but that video looks pretty clear to us.

Crown or no crown, Vanjie is loved!

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All over social media, Miss Vanjie is getting an outpouring of support and love.

Like, seriously, really truly loved!

Fans are doing all they can to keep #Vanjie trending on Twitter and so far it’s definitely working.

Many though are just glad this is finally an elimination that was decided fairly after the Silky debacle of last week.

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Like, for real Mama Ru, what were you thinking? #BringBackNina

All season long, we’ve been faced with shady eliminations.

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I mean…Shuga…come on! That was totally wrong.

But ultimately, Mother Ru simply sent Vanjie off to pack for an inevitable return in All-Stars.

And we are here for it. Miss Vanjie has cemented her place in Drag Race fandom and as the first queen eliminated in season 10 to making the top five in season 11….not many could pull off that kind of turnaround.

But for the question you’re all asking…did her exit on Season 11 top her exit on Season 10?

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Let’s be real, she was never going to top her iconic first exit, but it was fun to see her go in such a different way this time. “Bring pack that spotlight!”

She may not have made the finale this time, but with a bit more seasoning, Vanjie will be a serious contender wherever she pops up next.

READ: ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Fans Have Serious Questions About Shuga Cain’s Unjust Elimination

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