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

Michael Yarish

There’s no question that Rita Moreno is an icon in the Latino community. Why? Because she embodies the roles of abuelita in all the right ways. In Netflix’s “One Day at a Time” reboot, Moreno plays the role of Lydia Riera, the Cuban ex-pat who stores all her food in butter tubs and cookies tins and protects her recipes with a secret code.

She’s the abuela we all have in one way or another, and her lines will make you laugh, cringe and love her even more. She might be the only visible character on television that accurately depicts how we all see our abuelas. Read ’em and weep.

“We are Cuban. We don’t get divorced. We die.”

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Some of her best lines are about her undying love for her Cuban heritage. She even has refused to take stroke medication because “if ever I get one, my Cuban blood will eat it and absorb it into nothing.”

“Jesus and Santa were cousins. Everybody knows that.”

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Some of her best quotes are attached to “everybody knows that.” Classic abuela.

“I don’t trust that doctor. The first thing she did was weigh me, and after that everything she said was clouded by jealousy.”

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Abuela is also very attached to her understanding of beauty. She always looks perfect and can spot a thigh dimple from a mile away, so stay away.

“Hold on. I’m watching the President. Oh wait. It is a hemorrhoid commercial. Hold up.”

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Season 3 came in hot with disses to POTUS. Nobody can dish an insult like an abuelita.

When Lydia’s kids start to make fun of her and she dishes this guilt trip.

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Lydia: “I’m so happy I brought you into this world to laugh at me. Because of your giant heads I pee when I cough.”

[Awkward Silence]

Grandson Alex: “Okayyy.”

When Elena strongholds her abuela to take her stroke medications ‘y ya’ and this happened.

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Lydia: “You do not ‘y ya’ me. I ‘y ya’ you. Y ya!” This is one of the bravest things any Latino grandchild could say to their abuelita. She runs the house and the family. She is the one who has final say, okay?

When Lydia completely missed the memo on Aunt Pilar.

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Elena wonders out loud if her Tia Pilar is gay and Lydia basically proves her point.

“Elena, you think everyone is gay. Pilar is just eccentric. She rides a motorcycle. She owns seven cats. She shares a one bedroom apartment with her long time roommate, Susan. How is that gay?”

When Lydia accidentally gets stoned and sees Elena’s point.

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It all happens at the Opera. Before the edible lozenge, Lydia said, “Not everything is gay.” Afterward, “It is gay. I get it now. I get it.”

Edible induced paranoia for a Cuban granny looks like this.

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😂 🤣

It’s funny and it’s also tragic. Fear runs through our overprotective Latin blood.

When the abuela just doesn’t understand #MeToo and probably never will.

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Lydia: “In my day, when I walked down the street, I would hear a symphony of compliments.”

Elena: “You were being harassed.”

Lydia: “Much more than all the other women.”

Can we not ALL relate to this?!

When Lydia teaches her lesbian granddaughter how to dramatically come out of a closet.

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Context: Lupe arranges for a vacation but tells the hotel that her kids are 12-year-old twins and has to hide her mom in order to be able to afford it. A knock on the door forces her into a closet and Lydia used her exit as an opportunity for a life lesson.

“Berto, I’m ready.”

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When Lydia can’t take any more of Leslie and Elena’s corny puns, she looks to the sky and tries to invoke her dead husband to sweep her away from this world. 😂

When Lydia’s kids make fun of her for being so overprotective.

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Tito: “Remember Mami never let us go to the freezer section of the supermarket alone because we might get trapped in there?”

Lupe & Tito Mocking: “In the freezer, nobody can hear you scream. Everybody knows this.”

Lydia: “So did you freeze to death? You’re welcome.”

“Everybody knows that going outside with wet hair is almost as deadly as walking barefoot in your own home.”

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Everybody knows!! Truly, everybody has heard this exact speech from their abuela or their mami dozens of times.

When Lydia thought Yeezy meant Jesus.

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Alex was grounded for 6 months for smoking pot and, claro, abuela forgives all boys immediately and went out to do his bidding. She waited in line for hours on the phone with Alex until Lupe made him hang up. On her own, all she knew was that she wanted the Jesus shoes.

Lydia endlessly stringing Leslie along.

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She tells him on Valentine’s Day that she would never share a date on Valentine’s again because it would dishonor the memory of her Berto. Then she does this.

When Tito compliments Lupe and Lydia misses the boat to appreciate her daughter.

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After Tito literally didn’t show up to Lydia’s deathbed and Lupe calls him out on it, he finally apologizes and points out how lucky they are to have Lupe.

“Ayyy, Penelopita. Can you believe how selfless Tito is to compliment you? I did not think it was possible, but now you are even more perfect than ever.”

“I came out of the womb wearing stilettos.”

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Your abuela takes pride in her femininity (probably because she grew up with the singular value placed on women as the performance of said femininity but I digress). She will never be seen looking any less than fabulous.

Lydia’s reasoning for wearing makeup to bed is priceless.

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Lupe: “What? Are you afraid Julio Iglesias is going to pop out of the bathroom?”

Lydia: “You don’t know where Julio spends his time.”

None of us do.

Deeply religious Lydia isn’t blind.

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Elena: “Can we agree that if there is a God, they are gender neutral?”

Lydia: “No. God is a man. If he were a woman there would be less problems.”

Bravo, ODAAT writers. You perfected this abuela.

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Netflix Is Bringing Latinidad To The Fantasy Realm And LOTR Fans Gear Up

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Netflix Is Bringing Latinidad To The Fantasy Realm And LOTR Fans Gear Up

Streaming services like Netflix have become our go-to place for fresh media. So, whenever we hear of a new project coming from the streaming service, we’re all in. Last November, Netflix announced a huge 6 project animated deal that will bring even more cartoon goodness to our screens. One, in particular, has us especially excited because it comes from animator and director Jorge Gutierrez. You might remember him from Nickelodeon’s “El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera” and the gorgeously animated “The Book of Life.”

Now, we’re seeing the first looks of Gutierrez’s new Netflix project, “Maya and the Three.”

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Described as a Mesoamerican fantasy epic, the director sat down with VARIETY to share the origins of the project and the journey to get it made. Gutierrez was approached by Netflix with an alluring challenge: share his dream project with executives; the one he didn’t believe anyone would ever allow him to make. It only took him one pitch to win the streaming giant over and “Maya” was greenlit for production.

“So I sat down on Jan. 25th of [2018] and that was the first time I ever pitched ‘Maya,’” he shared with VARIETY. “No art, no writing, just an idea. And here I am 11 months later, knee-deep in production.”

It was Gutierrez’s goal to portray a “bad-ass female Mesoamerican hero” in a fantasy world of his own creation.

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“I started seeing a lot of things I didn’t like as far as not having any lead females, especially in Mesoamerican mythology,” he explained. “So I said I want to have a hero who is a half-god half-human warrior princess.”

In the Netflix series, a demigod warrior princess named Maya embarks on a quest to recruit three legendary fighters. With their help, she hopes to save the worlds of god and man from destruction. The intention was to show Maya as a strong female lead and, to do so, Gutierrez pulled from his real-life heroes. The director credits his sister, mother and his wife, Sandra Equihua for inspiring the mythical heroine. Equihua is also a talented animator and acts as a character designer for the female characters in her husband’s work.

With his female lead in place, Gutierrez focused on the mystical world that “Maya” would be set in.

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The setting for the Netflix limited series has been growing in Gutierrez’s mind since he was a boy growing up in Mexico City. He would wander the halls of the Museum of Natural History and makeup stories about what he saw. These stories would later help to mold the setting. Even now, the director has fun teasing his Twitter followers with hints about what the new series could look like. However, it’s the architecture from his boyhood explorations, Gutierrez’s fondness for skulls and the pantheon of Mesoamerican gods that have helped to create Maya’s world.

Due to the mystical quest and the fantasy setting of “Maya and the Three,” Gutierrez has taken to calling the series the Mexican “Lord of the Rings.” Still, it’s a fantasy first and foremost. The director wants everyone to understand that “Maya” is inspired by Mesoamerican culture but is not meant to be an accurate representation.

“I tell everybody that while it’s inspired by Mesoamerica, this will be as accurate (to that world) as ‘Rocky’ was to boxing,” Gutierrez shared with VARIETY. “It’s all fantasy and I’m having a blast playing with the history.”

The series will feature a number of talented Latinx writers, producers and voice actors to bring Maya to life.

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Silvia Olivas from “Elena of Avalor” is acting as a co-writer and co-producer for “Maya and the Three.” From Disney’s “Moana,” Jeff Ranjo is the head of story. Paul Sullivan, who worked with Gutierrez on “The Book of Life,” is the production designer.

Despite these important hires, animators were in short supply so the producer had to get creative.

“Especially in L.A., we are all fighting for basically the same people, so now we’re looking outside. Before we announced Maya, I would go online and look for artists who were already inspired by Mesoamerica and say to them ‘You already love this stuff, we love it too! Come to our team.’”

Gutierrez used Instagram, Twitter, and Tumblr to find animators that could do justice to the project. This modern-day recruiting system allowed Gutierrez and his team to find fresh artists with untapped talent to animate “Maya.” The results promise to be unique and beautiful.

The series is still a long ways away; it won’t debut on Netflix until its 2021 worldwide release. While it’s a long wait, the director promises fans that it is well worth it.

“Please have patience,” he told fans through his VARIETY interview. “This is gonna take a while, but we hope it’s unlike anything anyone has ever seen. We are so giddy every day and still can’t believe this is happening.”

Netflix Is Bringing Us An Anime Series Based In Fictional Mexico And We Are Here For It

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Netflix Is Bringing Us An Anime Series Based In Fictional Mexico And We Are Here For It

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Probably one of the worst feelings in the world is sitting down for a good night of Netflix and chill, with or without company, and realizing you have no idea what to watch. You start scrolling, and all you can seem to find on the menu is stuff that you don’t wanna watch. It’s agonizing. Well, it’s time to get excited, babes, because there’s a new show gracing your screens that you definitely don’t wanna miss: Seis Manos.

Okay, you’ve got me interested. But what’s this Seis Manos about?

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Set in the 1970s, this animated television series takes place in the fictional Mexican town of San Simon, and follows the story of three orphans who seek to get revenge for the death of their mentor. Each orphan was trained in a different tradition of Chinese martial arts, and use their fighting skills to exact their own form of justice. Before you ask – yes, the show’s creators have done their research, so the fighting styles depicted in Seis Manos are legit. Just … don’t go trying them at home.

The show, which features quite a bit of violence, follows in the grindhouse tradition.

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While our heroes are facing their own set of trials and tribulations, the San Simon police and the DEA are working in the background, trying to take down a formidable drug lord in the area. Naturally, both the authorities and the Seis Manos find themselves on the same trail. From there – well, you’ll just have to watch the show to find out what happens! A warning, though: it is pretty violent, since Seis Manos follows in the grindhouse tradition.

We know you’re dying to tell us about the geeky, behind-the-scenes, stuff. 

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The cool thing about Seis Manos is the fact that, while Netflix has been growing its collection of Japanese anime over the past little while, it’s yet to really delve into other animation. Seis Manos is part of filling that gap – and it’s doing so while shining a spotlight on the creative talents of people of color. The show, which has been developed in partnership with Viz Media, is being produced entirely in-house by Austin-based Powerhouse Animation Studios. 

And best of all, we don’t have to wait much longer for the show’s debut!

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Even though production for the show has been in the works for a while, Seis Manos was only officially confirmed in May 2018, after Powerhouse saw success with their adaptation of Castlevania for Netflix. However, we’ll be seeing Seis Manos on our screens real soon: its release is marked for fall 2019. And we only have three weeks left of summer!

Do we know any of the voice actors in Seis Manos?

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In short: hell yes! Mike Colter, the deep-voiced heartthrob behind Marvel’s Luke Cage, is set to play DEA agent Brister alongside Angelica Vale, who voices the local cop Garcia. While there are three central protagonists in the orphaned martial artist practitioners, only two are voiced. According to the footage promoting Seis Manos, Silencio, the orphan who specializes in the “white eyebrow” style, doesn’t speak. And so, Aislinn Derbez voices Isabella, an orphan who specializes in the Saholin hung ga style, while Jonny Cruz provides the talent for Jesus, the orphan known for his drunken boxing fighting style.

Yup, our beloved Danny Trejo is playing the ultimate villain – El Balde.

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Our fave Danny Trejo was brought on board to be the voice behind the bad guy, the violent drug lord El Balde. You’d know him best for his roles in Spy Kids, as Machete, and as the drug lord Tortuga, in Breaking Bad. While he’s obviously drawing from his ability to play menacing villains and antiheroes for Seis Manos, it’s gonna be hard for Trejo to keep up the tough act after he literally saved a baby from a car crash only a few days ago. 

In summary: consider your viewing for fall sorted, babes. At least for one binge-session, that is. If you’re keen on finding out more about Seis Manos, have a watch of the trailer here. Or, if you’ve already seen the trailer already, let us know your thoughts about Seis Manos on our Facebook page – you can find us through the icon at the top of the page

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