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

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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Sofia Vergara Recalls Brother’s Death During Powerful AGT Audition: ‘I Can Feel Your Pain’

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Sofia Vergara Recalls Brother’s Death During Powerful AGT Audition: ‘I Can Feel Your Pain’

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A recent audition on “America’s Got Talent” made judge Sofia Vergara so emotional that it inspired her to open up about a tragedy very personal to her.

On Tuesday’s episode of the competition series, Vergara watched 27-year-old Brandon Leake take the stage to deliver a spoken-word performance that resonated with Vergara.

Leake, a former high school English teacher introduced his piece by dedicating it to his sister.

“Love is the most vulnerable thing one will ever have,” Leake explained during his performance “And you must learn to hold onto it loosely so when it leaves it won’t exit so painfully.” During the performance, Leake recalled losing his sister in the late ‘90s saying “I’m still haunted by these nightmares ’cause I have a really creative mind, and sometimes it designs these alternate realities where she is still here.”

Continuing Leake said “Still alive, and all the things I wish we could have done are played again and again and again. I’m tired of playing God ’cause I gotta come to terms with the fact that my sister ain’t never comin’ back.”

The “Modern Family” actress became visibly emotional during the performance and teared up.

Judges Howie Mandel and Simon Cowell were quick to give Leakes a standing ovation.

“What an amazing tribute,” Cowell said. “There’s something very, very special about you. This is a very difficult thing for me to judge. I shouldn’t be judging it, I just want to compliment you on what you just did because it was extraordinary.”

Mandel commended Leake’s performance saying “we feel your pain, we feel your love, and you moved me to do this” before hitting the Golden Buzzer which means he is being sent straight to the AGT live shows.

Vergara shared with Leake that his poem reminded her of the loss and grief she experienced after losing her own brother.”My brother passed away the same year that your sister passed away. I can feel your pain; I know what this is. I know what it is to have somebody taken from you without you knowing,” Vergara said before going on to say that the poem was “very beautiful for me.”

On Tuesday evening, Vergara tweeted that Leake’s performance was “a great way to end the night!!!”

In 1998, Vergara’s older brother Rafael was murdered while men attempted to kidnap him.

Vergara opened up about the death in 2011 for a Parade cover story, telling the magazine “My older brother, Rafael, was killed in Colombia… “Mother was like a zombie… I wanted to be with them. So I got a big house and we all lived together. I am so grateful to be in this country.”

We Finally Have A First Look At The Walter Mercado Documentary ‘Mucho Mucho Amor’ And I Can’t Wait

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We Finally Have A First Look At The Walter Mercado Documentary ‘Mucho Mucho Amor’ And I Can’t Wait

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Walter Mercado was to the Spanish-speaking world, what Miss Cleo was to the English-speaking one. Equal parts Oprah, Liberace, and Mr. Rogers, the legendary Puerto Rican psychic and astrologer captivated the Latin world with his glamorous style, gender-nonconforming persona, and warmhearted cosmic readings. Now, he is poised to reach a new level of fandom with a lovingly crafted documentary about his life and career

Our stars dimmed when we lost the great Walter Mercado last year, but with a new Netflix documentary, we get one more glimpse into the man’s flamboyant life.

It’s finally here: the first trailer for Netflix’s Mucho Mucho Amor.

Each and every day more than 120 million viewers tuned in to watch the extravagant, flamboyant Puerto Rican astrologer, psychic, and gender nonconforming artists charm the world with televised horoscopes. He enthralled his viewers with sequined capes, opulent jewelry, and shared a message of love and hope to his devoted viewers. Then, he mysteriously disappeared.

If you’re like countless tías out there, you’ve been wondering about him ever since. That’s where Mucho, Mucho Amor comes in.

Directors Cristina Costantini and Kareem Tabsch spent the last two years of Mercado’s life documenting this icons legacy – when he grabbed with the struggles of aging.

The film also drops hints about Mercado’s financial issues and his hiatus from public life. But it also features magnificent footage from his unforgettable entrance at the opening party for HistoryMiami’s 2019 exhibit “Mucho, Mucho Amor: 50 Years of Walter Mercado.”

It’s an over-the-top moment that celebrates how many in Miami viewed him as royalty as they eagerly awaited his recommended New Year’s Eve rituals each year (customized for each Zodiac sign). It’s safe to say that Mercado captivated people’s attention, and he’ll do it once again with this documentary.

Mercado is often described as the glue that binds migrant communities from all over Latin America.

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At its peak, Mercado’s show was watched by more than 120 million viewers from around Latin America. But he was also an actor, dancer, and writer throughout his career. In fact, he starred in several Puerto Rican telenovelas, including Un adiós en el recuerdo (A Farewell to the Memory) and Larga distancia (Long Distance).

In 1970, he started his regular astrology segment on Puerto Rico’s variety show, El Show de las 12. His star continued to grow, and for decades, his astrology prediction shows aired in Puerto Rico, Latin America and the United States.

“We grew up with him,” Lin-Manuel Miranda says in the trailer for Mucho Mucho Amor. “I can’t think of an English language astrologer that would command the attention of millions of households.” 

Then, Mercado mysteriously vanished from the public eye. “Maybe he didn’t want to grow old in front of the cameras,” Eugenio Derbez speculates. 

He was also an icon for the LGBTQ community, who – especially in the Latino community – needed one so badly.

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Although Mercado was unapologetically sexually-ambiguous, many were still preoccupied with the man’s sexuality. He always took the questions and innuendo in stride though, responding with a joke that would get him off the hook with most. But he meant a lot to gay Latinos during an era where they feared coming out much more than today, just merely for existing.

Even though Mercado never publicly addressed his sexuality, he was an inspiration for many LGBTQ kids, including director Kareem Tabsch.

“I’m a queer kid from Miami and the first time I ever saw Walter on television, it was the first time I ever encountered another person who was queer,” Tabsch recalls.

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, he added: “I had a simpatico. Seeing him on TV I remember thinking, ‘Huh, there’s something in you that’s like something in me. I see a reflection of me in you, even if I’d never be nearly as fabulous.’ But there was this otherness that I recognized. I felt, ‘If my family loves you just as you are then maybe they could love me as I am too.”

Although before his death he disappeared from public life somewhat unceremoniously, his legacy lives on for millions of Latinos.

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Mucho, Mucho Amor does a great job at showing the human-side of Mercado. Yes, he was a beloved television personality, for whom many, he was a literal superhero. But he was also a human, and Netflix’s new documentary will show an entirely new side of the superstar to the world.

Mucho, Mucho Amor debuts on Netflix on July 8.