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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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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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An unnamed UPS delivery driver has been fired after being caught using racist language when delivering a package to a Latino household. The incident occurred on December 17th.

The video, which was caught on a doorbell camera’s security footage, shows a white UPS driver appearing to be angry when delivering a package.

“Now you don’t get f—–g nothing…You can’t read and write and speak the f—–g English language,” he says while writing a “failed to deliver” notice and pasting it on the house’s front door.

The Aviles family says that the footage shows that the UPS worker never even attempted to deliver the package in the first place. He never rang the doorbell or knocked on the door. Based on that, the family has come to the conclusion that the driver intentionally withheld the package from the family out of prejudice and spite

They believe that the only way the driver could’ve known that the family was Latino was by making assumptions based off the name on the package.

“The only information this driver had that could serve as a trigger for this deep-seated hate was the name on the package,” said Forward Latino President Darryl Morin at a press conference addressing the incident.

“So what we have here is a very intentional act to ruin Christmas for somebody, for someone to spew this hateful rhetoric, and quite honestly to deceive their employer,” Morin continued.

Per UPS, the employee has now been fired. “There is no place in any community for racism, bigotry or hate. This is very serious and we promptly took action, terminating the driver’s employment. UPS is wholeheartedly committed to diversity, equity and inclusion,” UPS said in a statement. They also said they contacted the family to apologize.

But the Aviles family is still rattled that such bigoted people are out and about, letting their petty prejudices effect other people’s lives.

“The package was a Christmas gift that we eventually received after Christmas Day, but what if it happened to have time-sensitive content like an epipen or a book I needed to take a final,” said Shirley Aviles, the mother of the man who lives at the address, told NBC News. “I don’t get it. It’s just sad.”

Aviles seemed disturbed about what this incident says about human nature. “This is about the things people do when they think no one is watching them. That’s important because that’s when you see people’s true colors and that’s what’s scary,”

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Here Are Some Christmas Traditions From Around Latin America

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Here Are Some Christmas Traditions From Around Latin America

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Christmas is a special time of year. Families have their traditions to mark the festive year and some of those traditions are rooted in culture. Here are some of the ways various countries in Latin America celebrate Christmas.

El Pase Del Niño Viajero – Ecuador

El Pase del Niño Viajero is a pageant that happens in Ecuador that lasts weeks. The parade is meant to represent the journey of Mary and Joseph. The parade highlights the religious importance of Christmas in Ecuador and is most common in the Andean region of the country.

The biggest and most important parade is in Cuenca, a deeply religious city. Citizens near the city have all day to see the parade as it starts in the early morning and runs through the late afternoon. This gives people a lot of time to make it to the city to witness the parade.

La Gritería – Nicaragua

La Gritería comes after La Purisma. La Purisma is celebrated at the end of November and is meant to celebrate the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary. La Gritería is celebrated in early December and involves literal yelling. Someone would shout “Que causa tanta alegria?” (“What causes so much happiness?”) People respond “La Concepción de María.” (“Mary’s Conception.”)

Las Posadas – Mexico

Mexican posadas are the most recognizable. Posadas take place in Mexico from Dec. 16-24, though this year they are most likely to be virtual. The posada begins with a procession in the neighborhood filled with people singing and sometimes led by two people dressed as Mary and Joseph.

Another part is the posada party. Before guests can enter, there is a song exchange with the people outside playing Joseph looking for shelter. The hosts sing the side of the innkeeper saying there is no room. Eventually, the guests are welcomed into the home to celebrate Christmas.

Aguinaldos – Colombia

Aguinaldos are a series of games played by people in Colombia leading up to Christmas. There are certain games that are common among people in Colombia. One is pajita en boca, which requires holding a straw in your mouth the entire time of a social event. Another is dar y no recibir, which is about getting people to take something you are giving to score a point.

El Quema Del Diablo – Guatemala

El quema del diablo is celebrated in early December and is a way of letting go of the previous year. People burn piñatas and effigies of the devil to let go of all negative feelings and moments from the previous year. If there was every to try a new tradition, this would be the year. Burn an effigy and banish 2020 to the past, where it belongs.

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