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Netflix’s Adaptation Of The Baby-Sitter’s Club Is Around The Corner And We’ve Got Some Ideas For The Cast

If you grew up in the 80s/early 90s and were a nerd for books, then you definitely remember the names Kristy, Mary Anne, Claudia, and Stacey. They were the group of friends we wish we had, and thanks to author Ann M. Martin, she introduced us to these four friends and a babysitting club that would change our lives in many ways.  

After a successful run of books, the Baby-Sitter’s Club hit the big screen when it turned into a feature film in 1995 and fast forward 24 years later, this group of friends is about to get the Netflix treatment.

Netflix announced on Tuesday that Alicia Silverstone and Mark Feuerstein have been cast in the series. 

Silverstone will play Elizabeth Thomas-Brewer, mother of Kristy Thomas and love interest of Watson Brewer, played by Feuerstein. While the 1995 Baby-Sitter’s Club film and the books were pretty diverse and inclusive and tackled issues based on race and gender, we hope the Netflix series adaptation will take it one step further and be able to reflect women in this day and age. After all, the books taught us quite the laundry list of feminist lessons–from women empowerment and leadership to showing young women how to make space for themselves in places where they might not seem welcome. 

We can’t wait to see who else will be announced for the cast of the Baby-Sitter’s Club, but in the meantime, we’ve got some ideas for some amazing Latinx actors who could take on those roles. 

Isabella Gomez as Mary Anne Spier 

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Secretary of The Baby-Sitters Club, Mary Anne Spier makes her first appearance in Book #1 “Kristy’s Great Idea” and the last book in the original series, Book #131 “The Fire at Mary Anne’s House,” focuses on Mary Anne losing her home in a fire. The series sort of comes full circle with the four original members as Mary Anne is the first and the last to narrate her own book. And if we were to have our way with the latest The Baby-Sitters Club series, we’d love to see One Day at a Time‘s Isabella Gomez play the amazing Mary Anne Spier. The Colombian-American actress, best known her starring role as Elena Alvarez in ODAT is no Netflix rookie, so she’d be perfect the role. She’s also had previous minor roles in Modern Family and Matador

Jasmine Villegas as Claudia Kishi

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Up next is Claudia “Claud” Kishi, the vice presidents of The Baby-Sitters Club. Like Mary Anne Spier, Claudia Kishi also makes her first appearance in Book #1 and is one of the main characters in The Baby-Sitters Club books by Ann M. Martin. In the 1995 movie of The Baby-Sitters Club, Claudia Kishi is portrayed by actress Tricia Joe, who also starred in the 1994 film “I’ll Do Anything.” In Netflix’s series, we’d love to see Claudia Kishi be portrayed by pop and R&B singer Jasmine Marie Villegas. The Filipina and Mexican artist has also had her fair share of guest appearances on shows like That’s So Raven, The Nine, and My Wife and Kids.  

Bella Thorne as Dawn Schafer (Mary Anne’s Stepsister)

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We don’t think there’s anyone more fit for the role of Dawn Read Schafer than Bella Thorne. The resemblance is uncanny! Dawn Schafer is the former alternate officer in The Baby-Sitters Club–this meant that if someone wasn’t able to make the club’s meeting, then she would take over their duties. We feel like Thorne has that same set of responsibly vibe that Schafer has. The Cuban-American actress and singer has an extensive resume of television and film roles, so Netflix… hit her up!

Jenna Ortega as Kristy Thomas

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Kristin “Kristy” Amanda Thomas is the main character in The Baby-Sitter’s Club books and she’s the creator and president of the club. She’s the daughter of Elizabeth Thomas-Brewer and Patrick Thomas. Kristy is known for her leadership skills and she’s the mastermind behind The Baby-Sitter’s Club best ideas. When we think of Kristy’s personality traits and the type of independent young woman that she is, we think of actress Jenna Ortega. I mean, the Mexican-Puerto Rican actress did play Elena of Avalor (and nailed it!) for a reason. She’s also played a young Jane Villanueva in The CW’s Jane the Virgin, so we can’t help but think that she’d make the perfect Kristy Thomas in Netflix’s new series. 

Allegra Acosta as Mallory Pike 

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Who could forget the feisty Mallory “Mal” Pike? She’s a Junior Officer in The Baby-Sitter’s Club and in case you forgot, Junior Officers in the club don’t have any duties since they’re younger than the other members and are unable to babysit at night. For the Netflix series, we’d love to see actress and singer Allegra Acosta take on the role of Mallory Pike. The Latinx actress is best known for playing the role Mallory Hernandez in the Hulu original series Marvel’s Runaways. 

Eva Longoria as Elizabeth Thomas-Brewer

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Yeah, yeah, we love Alicia Silverstone and Clueless as much as the next person but why not take advantage of an opportunity like this to cast Latinx actors for the Netflix series? In Netflix’s remake of The Baby-Sitter’s Club, Silverstone will be playing the role of Kristy Thomas’ mother but we’d love to see Eva Longoria take on that role. We’d love to see her help the girls with The Baby-Sitter’s Club duties. 

Jaime Camil as Watson Brewer

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After seeing Jaime Camil play the hell out of Rogelio de la Vega and Jane Villanueva’s dad on Jane the Virgin, we just want to keep seeing him in more fatherly roles. And imagine him playing the love interest of a mother whose daughter is in charge of leading a babysitting club? We’d love to see that play out. Plus, Jaime Camil and Eva Longoria have experience acting side by side in a brief stint on Jane the Virgin, so come on, Netflix. 

Eiza Gonzalez as Stacey McGill

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Anastasia Elizabeth “Stacey” McGill is The Baby-Sitter’s Club treasurer and in the books, she’s described as having a very sophisticated yet glamorous style. We can’t help but think of Eiza Gonzalez as the perfect actor to take on the role of Stacey. Again, look! The resemblance is uncanny! 

Becky G as Cokie Mason

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Oooh, we’d love to see the Latinx singer and actor Becky G take on a more villainy role. We know, Cokie Mason isn’t technically THAT evil, but the chief rival of the Baby-Sitter’s Club has her days. She’s responsible for a number of pranks on the club and she also had a crush on Logan (who dated Mary Anne Spier). It would definitely be a fun role to see Becky G take on! 

Sierra Capri as Jessi Ramsey

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We love Sierra Capri in On My Block and we’d love to start seeing her take on more roles, in and outside of Netflix of course. But seeing Capri play Jessi Ramsey, who’s also a junior officer, from The Baby-Sitter’s Club would be a dream. 

Diego Boneta as Logan Bruno

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Of course, we had to include Logan Bruno. For starters, according to the books, he’s a heartthrob, and Mary Anne Spier is the lucky lady who gets to call him her boyfriend. She’s also an associate member of The Baby-Sitter’s Club and according to the books, he has sandy blond hair and blue eyes. But we don’t always need a blondie to make our hearts swoon, so that’s why we vote for Mexican actor Diego Boneta to play his part in the new Netflix series. 

So there you have it, Netflix. We just cast the majority of the series for you, so we better see some diversity in your remake of The Baby-Sitter’s Club (and we also can’t wait to watch!). 

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Latinas Shared The Movies And Shows That Made Them Feel Seen

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Latinas Shared The Movies And Shows That Made Them Feel Seen

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It’s no secret that over the past few decades, people of color worked to fight for equal representation on screens both big and small. While, of course, there have been great POC and LGTBQ relationships on television there’s really been a spike in the spectrum of representation since our early years watching television and learning about relationships.

Recently, we asked Latinas on Instagram what shows and movies featured their favorite most diverse couples.

And the answers threw us for a time loop!

Check them out below!


“Maria and Luis on Sesame Street.”- melissa_phillips71


“Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner is The Bodyguard, they reminded me of my parents and they loved to play the soundtrack.” –millenialmarta


“The leads in Someone Great, Jane and Michael the virgin and the lesbian relationship Gentrified. It’s been 30 years and I finally found characters I can relate to.” –allyss_abyss_

“Most definitely, “Brooklyn 99”: two female Hispanics as regulars and a white person playing a Hispanic (Andy Samberg’s character’s last name is Peralta, which is a Spanish surname).” – seadra2011

“Holt and Kevin(and Rosa Diaz) have changed the way people have perceived gay couples and gay people. Nine Nine!” –chaoticbiguy


“The first on-screen presence that made me feel seen/represented period was @justinamachado ‘s character on One Day At A Time. A Latina veteran struggling with her mental health while trying to juggle school, work, love, and family? And as a main character? Whew….“-vieja.metiche

“Taína! It was on Disney if I remember correctly?? Then @americaferrera in sisterhood of the traveling pants as Carmen. 😭❤️ her life was like mine. Growing up in suburbs but never really having a place culturally.. but my girlfriends still had my back no matter our background.” –chessy__a

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Netflix’s Newest Musical Teen Hit Series Stars a 16-Year-Old Afro-Latina Newcomer

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Netflix’s Newest Musical Teen Hit Series Stars a 16-Year-Old Afro-Latina Newcomer

A new teen series has dropped on Netflix that the internet can’t stop talking about. The newest cultural phenomenon that has hit the juggernaut streaming service is a musical series called Julie and the Phantoms, based on the 2011 Brazilian show of the same name.

The series follows a 16-year-old insecure girl named Julie who has lost her love of music after the tragic death of her mother. But with the help of a (stay with us here) band of musical ghosts she stumbles across in her garage, she soon re-discovers her love of singing and performing. Backed by her band of “phantoms”, Julie confidently takes the stage again, blowing everyone away in the process. ,

But the wacky, heartfelt story-line isn’t the only reason people are excited about the show. The buzz around the show is building because its star, 16-year-old newcomer Madison Reyes, is an Afro-Latina singer-actress of Puerto Rican descent.

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Before landing the role of Julie, Reyes was just a regular shmegular Nuyorican girl going to high school in Brooklyn. Needless to say, the process of auditioning for Julie and the Phantoms was both a whirlwind and a game-changer.

“I found out about Julie and the Phantoms through my school. At first I was nervous to send my video in, but after talking to some friends, I sent it in and got a call back,” Reyes told Refinery 29. “From there it was just figuring out when I could fly to L.A. When I finally made it out there, the audition process lasted two days.”

Reyes, for one, understands the burden of her load. “[Julie] is Latin American, she’s got textured hair, she’s a strong and independent female character,” Reyes recently told the LA Times. “As a person of color who wants more diversity [on-screen], I’m kind of scared about the hate comments that I’ve seen other people have to go through, especially women.”

As if having an Afro-Latina actress at the center of a popular Netflix show wasn’t exciting enough, the series is also being helmed by Mexican-American director and all-around legend Kenny Ortega. For those of you unfamiliar with Ortega, he is the creative genius who directed bonafide classics like High School Musical and Hocus Pocus.

Ortega has been publicly effusive in his praise of Reyes. “She has this raw talent that can take on any genre of music, and this promise of greatness that excited everybody,” he told the LA Times. “And yet she’s so relatable and grounded.”

Fans are already calling for a second season after watching the cliffhanger season finale. Reyes, herself, can’t wait to get back in the shoes of Julie. When asked in an interview about where we’ll see her next, she responded: “Hopefully in the next season of Julie and the Phantoms!”. We second that wish.

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