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The Cast Of ‘Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina’ Tell Us How Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa Makes The Show A Brilliant Experience

Netflix’s supernatural horror series “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” returns for its third season today complete with new cast members, Latin-laced spells, and spooky suspense. 

Audiences will once again be taken to the town of Greendale to see the witchy magical exploits from the cast of characters inspired by the mind of a multi-hyphenate series developer, showrunner, executive producer and writer, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. 

As if he didn’t have enough on his page as showrunner and writer for the series, Aguirre-Sacasa is also Chief Creative Officer of Archie Comics.

It’s ok, we too know we aren’t using our 24-hours-in-a-day wisely enough either. #NewYearNewMe 

This season he is having Sabrina juggle her friends and teen life all while wearing that crown as the rightful ruler of Hell—oh yeah and also trying to help save her boyfriend Nick with dark magic—you know, just normal teen stuff! 

Need a refresher from the first two seasons?

*Takes out a bowl of popcorn and ‘notes’ on iPhone*

The son of Nicaraguan parents (his father even served as a foreign minister and an ambassador for the Central American country), Aguirre-Sacasa is now the captain of two of Netflix’s most recognizable shows for young adults, “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” and “Riverdale.”

“I think just to have someone at the helm of a show that is so creative and such a horror nerd and knows everything about every single horror movie ever, it makes the show that much more rich and it has so much depth that way, which is amazing,” Kiernan Shipka, who plays show lead Sabrina Spellman, told mitú recently in an on-set interview in Vancouver where the show is filmed. 

The horror-loving series developer and writer for the show has earned praise from TV critics and his cast alike for making CAOS dark, witty and peppered with social commentary. 

Satan works hard, but Aguirre-Sacasa and his cast work harder. 

“I think he’s incredibly creative, he doesn’t run it like a machine. He writes what he wants to write, he hires who he wants to hire. We have a really diverse writer’s room—he’s interested in lots of different voices. I feel like he’s really got his finger on the pulse of a lot of current issues and how to deal with them in a fun, playful but kind of dark way as well,” said Mirada Otto, who plays Aunt Zelda on the series. 

Miranda Otto is 100 percent that witch on and off-set.

Can we be part of her coven? Asking for CAOS friends.

Speaking of playful and dark, Part 3 of CAOS deals with current issues such as smashing the patriarchy (demon Father Faustus Blackwood be gone!), having women step into their power (FYI hell is now under new management with Sabrina serving as its q-u-e-e-n), and celebrating the exploration of relationships and love in all its forms, regardless of sexuality.

“We jump genres a lot in the show and it goes from being something that’s highly horror to doing something that’s quite campy, to doing something that’s very dramatic to then dealing with particularly modern kind of social issues and I think that’s really unique to Roberto, the way he can jump between those things so successfully. When I read the scripts I feel like he’s just very creative and just jumps in,” Otto said. 

Something else Aguirre-Sacasa smashes? Putting his actresses and actors (or show in general for that matter) in boxes. 

Michelle Gomez, who plays Madam Satan/Lilith and Mary Wardwell in the series, said she clearly resonates with Aguirre-Sacasa’s celebration of those in his CAOS camp. 

“I wasn’t the ingenue. I didn’t have the little button nose and the silky hair. Thankfully coming into my own as an older woman, this has been to my benefit,” Gomez said about once struggling to find roles that casting directors felt she was suited for. 

“The [thing] that is really interesting about this particular show is that it is not feminist, misogynistic, ageist—whatever the labels are—Roberto has managed to take all of them and turn them into people’s virtues, and into their strengths,” Gomez told mitú on set. 

Crowned and regal! Yes to celebrating all the strengths! 

She added, “this show just breaks that mold, so I think that’s something that I am celebrating.” 

It seems it was fated that Archie comics be the tool Aguirre-Sacasa used to break molds. 

As a young boy growing up, he knew he was gay pretty early on, and in a 2018 interview with the New York Times, he said he found a world in the Archie comics “where everyone was basically nice and everyone was basically friends.”

It’s evident through the cast’s Instagram posts that he is helping create genuine friendships thanks to his comics. He did write the (comic) book on Sabrina after all “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” was released in 2014 and picked up as a show a few years later. 

As for more of what’s in store for season three?

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Just take a look at the Instagram post Chance Perdomo, who plays Sabrina’s puckish and pansexual warlock cousin Ambrose Spellman, posted as a teaser.

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Yup, we wanted to decode the emojis too, so mitú asked why he chose that and if it tells us something about Ambrose and Prudence, played by Tati Gabrielle, in season three. 

“I personally identify with a wolf and Ambrose is quite a bit of a lone wolf. He has kind of succumbed to the lone pack kind of thing, like a wandering wolf type of thing, so he’s always in his head—sometimes too much. Tati is very different from Prudence, and she is saved as a flower emoji on my phone. So wolf and flower emoji—together! And then the tornado for y’all ain’t ready, and the black heart because we mean business, that we’re going in this as a band together and we got the warrior’s heart—so y’all ain’t ready,” Perdomo told mitú.

Who knew that so much meaning could come from two emojis?!

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*DMs Perdomo all our emojis we need decoded from received texts.*

Feeling spooky yet? If y’all are ready, the new season awaits. You can now stream “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” seasons one through three on Netflix.

READ: Easter Eggs, Conspiracies And High Expectations For The Inevitable Riverdale-Sabrina Crossover

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This Artist Has Been Breaking Barriers As A Non-Traditional Mariachi

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This Artist Has Been Breaking Barriers As A Non-Traditional Mariachi

Courtesy of Timothy Pollard

On a recent episode of ABC’s game show To Tell The Truth, three celebrity panelists were tasked to uncover the identity of a real mariachi singer.

Each contender embodied “non-traditional” attributes of mariachi culture either through physical appearance or language barriers, leaving the panelists stumped.

When it came time for the big reveal, with a humble smile 53-year-old Timoteo “El Charro Negro” stood up wowing everyone. Marveled by his talents, Timoteo was asked to perform unveiling his smooth baritone voice.

While not a household name in the U.S., his career spans over 25 years thriving on the catharsis of music.

Timoteo “El Charro Negro” performing “Chiquilla Linda” on Dante Night Show in 2017.

Originally from Dallas, Texas, Timoteo, born Timothy Pollard, moved to Long Beach, California with his family when he was eight years old. The move to California exposed Pollard to Latin culture, as the only Black family in a Mexican neighborhood.

As a child, he recalled watching Cantinflas because he reminded him of comedian Jerry Lewis, but musically he “got exposed to the legends by chance.”

“I was bombarded by all the 1960s, ’70s, and ’50s ranchera music,” Timoteo recalls to mitú.

The unequivocal passion mariachi artists like Javier Solis and Vicente Fernandez possessed heavily resonated with him.

“[The neighbors] always played nostalgic music, oldies but goodies, and that’s one thing I noticed about Mexicans,” Timoteo says. “They can be in their 20s but because they’ve grown up listening to the oldies it’s still very dear to them. That’s how they party.”

For as long as he can remember, Pollard “was born with the genetic disposition to love music,” knowing that his future would align with the arts.

After hearing Vicente Fernandez sing “Lástima Que Seas Ajena,” an awakening occurred in Pollard. While genres like hip-hop and rap were on the rise, Pollard’s passion for ranchera music grew. It was a moment when he realized that this genre best suited his big voice.

Enamored, Pollard began to pursue a career as a Spanish-language vocalist.

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Photo courtesy of Timothy Pollard.

At 28, Timoteo began learning Spanish by listening and singing along to those artists he adored in his youth.

“When I decided that I wanted to be a mariachi, I didn’t think it was fair to exploit the culture and not understand the language,” he says. “If I’m going to sing, I need to be able to communicate with my audience and engage with them. I need to understand what I’m saying because it was about honor and respect.”

Pollard began performing local gigs after picking up the language in a matter of months. He soon attracted the attention of “Big Boy” Radio that adorned him the name Timoteo “El Charro Negro.”

Embellishing his sound to highlight his Black heritage, Pollard included African instruments like congas and bongos in his orchestra. Faintly putting his own spin on a niche genre, Pollard avoided over-saturating the genre’s sound early in his career.

Embraced by his community as a beloved mariachi, “El Charro Negro” still encountered race-related obstacles as a Black man in the genre.

“There are those [in the industry] who are not in the least bit thrilled to this day. They won’t answer my phone calls, my emails, my text messages I’ve sent,” he says. “The public at large hasn’t a problem with it, but a lot of the time it’s those at the helm of decision making who want to keep [the genre] exclusively Mexican.”

“El Charro Negro” persisted, slowly attracting fans worldwide while promoting a message of harmony through his music.

In 2007, 12 years into his career, Pollard received a golden ticket opportunity.

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Pollard (left) seen with legendary Mexican artist Vicente Fernandez (right) in 2007. Photo courtesy of Timothy Pollard.

In a by-chance encounter with a stagehand working on Fernandez’s tour, Pollard was offered the chance to perform onstage. The singer was skeptical that the offer was legit. After all, what are the chances?

The next day Pollard went to his day job at the time and said, “a voice in my head, which I believe was God said, ‘wear your blue velvet traje tonight.'”

That evening Pollard went to a sold-out Stockton Area where he met his idol. As he walked on the stage, Pollard recalls Fernandez insisting that he use his personal mic and band to perform “De Que Manera Te Olvido.”

“[Fernandez] said he did not even want to join me,” he recollects about the show. “He just was kind and generous enough to let me sing that song on his stage with his audience.”

The crowd applauded thunderously, which for Pollard was a sign of good things to come.

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Timoteo “El Charro Negro” with Don Francisco on Don Francisco Presenta in 2011. Photo courtesy of Timothy Pollard.

In 2010, he released his debut album “Me Regalo Contigo.” In perfect Spanish, Pollard sings with great conviction replicating the soft tones of old-school boleros.

Unraveling the rollercoaster of relationships, heart-wrenchingly beautiful ballads like “Me Regalo Contigo” and “Celos” are his most streamed songs. One hidden gem that has caught the listener’s attention is “El Medio Morir.”

As soon as the track begins it is unlike the others. Timoteo delivers a ’90s R&B love ballad in Spanish, singing with gumption as his riffs and belts encapsulate his unique sound and story.

Having appeared on shows like Sabado Gigante, Don Francisco Presenta, and Caso Cerrado in 2011, Timoteo’s career prospered.

Timoteo hasn’t released an album since 2010 but he keeps his passion alive. The singer has continued to perform, even during the Covid pandemic. He has high hopes for future success and original releases, choosing to not slow down from his destined musical journey.

“If God is with me, who can be against me? It may not happen in a quick period of time, but God will make my enemies my footstool,” he said.

“I’ve continued to be successful and do some of the things I want to do; maybe not in a particular way or in particular events, but I live in a very happy and fulfilled existence.”

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Exclusive: Luis Fonsi Talks Working with Rauw Alejandro, Christina Aguilera, and Demi Lovato

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Exclusive: Luis Fonsi Talks Working with Rauw Alejandro, Christina Aguilera, and Demi Lovato

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Luis Fonsi is kicking off 2021 with a new single. The Puerto Rican superstar premiered the music video for “Vacío” on Feb. 18 featuring rising Boricua singer Rauw Alejandro. The guys put a new spin on the classic “A Puro Dolor” by Son By Four.

Luis Fonsi throws it back to his románticas.

“I called Omar Alfanno, the writer of ‘A Puro Dolo,’ who is a dear friend,” Fonsi tells Latido Music. “I told him what my idea was [with ‘Vacío’] and he loved it. He gave me his blessing, so I wrote a new song around a few of those lines from ‘A Puro Dolor’ to bring back that nostalgia of those old romantic tunes that have been a part of my career as well. It’s a fresh production. It sounds like today, but it has that DNA of a true, old-school ballad.”

The world got to know Luis Fonsi through his global smash hit “Despacito” with Daddy Yankee in 2017. The remix with Canadian pop star Justin Bieber took the song to new heights. That was a big moment in Fonsi’s music career that spans over 20 years.

There’s more to Fonsi than “Despacito.”

Fonsi released his first album, the fittingly-titled Comenzaré, in 1998. While he was on the come-up, he got the opportunity of a lifetime to feature on Christina Aguilera’s debut Latin album Mi Reflejo in 2000. The two collaborated on “Si No Te Hubiera Conocido.” Luis Fonsi scored multiple Billboard Hot Latin Songs No. 1s in the years that followed and one of the biggest hits was “No Me Doy Por Vencido” in 2008. That was his career-defining romantic ballad.

“Despacito” remains the second most-viewed music video on YouTube with over 7.2 billion views. The hits did not stop there. Later in 2017, he teamed up with Demi Lovato for “Échame La Culpa,” which sits impressively with over 2 billion views.

He’s also appearing on The Voice next month.

Not only is Fonsi working on his new album, but also he’s giving advice to music hopefuls for the new season of The Voice that’s premiering on March 1. Kelly Clarkson tapped him as her Battle Advisor. In an exclusive interview, Fonsi talked with us about “Vacío,” The Voice, and a few of his greatest hits.

What was the experience like to work with Rauw Alejandro for “Vacío”?

Rauw is cool. He’s got that fresh sound. Great artist. Very talented. Amazing onstage. He’s got that great tone and delivery. I thought he had the perfect voice to fit with my voice in this song. We had talked about working together for awhile and I thought that this was the perfect song. He really is such a star. What he’s done in the last couple of years has been amazing. I love what he brought to the table on this song.

Now I want to go through some of your greatest hits. Do you remember working with Christina Aguilera for her Spanish album?

How could you not remember working with her? She’s amazing. That was awhile back. That was like 1999 or something like that. We were both starting out and she was putting out her first Spanish album. I got to sing a beautiful ballad called “Si No Te Hubiera Conocido.” I got to work with her in the studio and see her sing in front of the mic, which was awesome. She’s great. One of the best voices out there still to this day.

What’s one of your favorite memories of “No Me Doy Por Vencido”?

“No Me Doy Por Vencido” is one of the biggest songs in my career. I think it’s tough to narrow it down just to one memory. I think in general the message of the song is what sticks with me. The song started out as a love song, but it turned into an anthem of hope. We’ve used the song for different important events and campaigns. To me, that song has such a powerful message. It’s bigger than just a love song. It’s bringing hope to people. It’s about not giving up. To be able to kind of give [people] hope through a song is a lot more powerful than I would’ve ever imagined. It’s a very special song.

I feel the message is very relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic we’re living through.

Oh yeah! I wrote that song a long time ago with Claudia Brant, and during the first or second month of the lockdown when we were all stuck at home, we did a virtual writing session and we rewrote “No Me Doy Por Vencido.” Changing the lyrics, kind of adjusting them to this situation that we’re living now. I haven’t recorded it. I’ll do something with it eventually. It’s really cool. It still talks about love. It talks about reuniting. Like the light at the end of the tunnel. It has the hope and love backbone, but it has to do a lot with what we’re going through now.

What do you think of the impact “Despacito” made on the industry?

It’s a blessing to be a part of something so big. Again, it’s just another song. We write these songs and the moment you write them, you don’t really know what’s going to happen with them. Or sometimes you run into these surprises like “Despacito” where it becomes a global phenomenon. It goes No. 1 in places where Spanish songs had never been played. I’m proud. I’m blessed. I’m grateful to have worked with amazing people like Daddy Yankee. Like Justin Bieber for the remix and everyone else involved in the song. My co-writer Erika Ender. The producers Mauricio Rengifo and Andrés Torres. It was really a team effort and it’s a song that obviously changed my career forever.

What was the experience like to work with Demi Lovato on “Echáme La Culpa”?

She’s awesome! One of the coolest recording sessions I’ve ever been a part of. She really wanted to sing in Spanish and she was so excited. We did the song in Spanish and English, but it was like she was more excited about the Spanish version. And she nailed it! She nailed it from the beginning. There was really not much for me to say to her. I probably corrected her once or twice in the pronunciation, but she came prepared and she brought it. She’s an amazing, amazing, amazing vocalist.

You’re going to be a battle advisor on The Voice. What was the experience like to work with Kelly Clarkson?

She’s awesome. What you see is what you get. She’s honest. She’s funny. She’s talented. She’s humble and she’s been very supportive of my career. She invited me to her show and it speaks a lot that she wanted me to be a part of her team as a Battle Advisor for the new season. She supports Latin music and I’m grateful for that. She’s everything you hope she would be. She’s the real deal, a true star, and just one of the coolest people on this planet.

What can we expect from you in 2021?

A lot of new music. Obviously, everything starts today with “Vacío.” This is literally the beginning of what this new album will be. I’ve done nothing but write and record during the last 10 months, so I have a bunch of songs. Great collaborations coming up. I really think the album will be out probably [in the] third or fourth quarter this year. The songs are there and I’m really eager for everybody to hear them.

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