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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.

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Hand Sanitizer Was Invented By A Latina Nursing Student In The 1960s

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Hand Sanitizer Was Invented By A Latina Nursing Student In The 1960s

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When the novel coronavirus COVID-19 started to spread in the U.S., hand sanitizer became a hot commodity. Stores sold out of the product needed to clean your hands while on the go to prevent catching and spreading the virus. But, did you know that a Latina nursing student in the 1960s created hand sanitizer?

Lupe Hernandez, a nursing student in California in 1966, is the woman behind hand sanitizer.

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Hernandez was in nursing school in Bakersfield, California when she thought about a gel form of rubbing alcohol. Hernandez realized that a gel form of alcohol would make it possible for people to clean their hands while on the go with no access to water and soap.

Hernandez knew she was on to something so she reached out to an invention hotline and submitted a patent.

While washing your hands is the best way to avoid contracting COVID-19, hand sanitizer is an important tool for those that still have to work. It is also a good option for people who are still healthy but have to go to the pharmacy, grocery store, or bank.

Hand sanitizer was just an industry product until the H1N1 viral outbreak in 2009.

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The 2009 outbreak of H1N1 drove up the demand for hand sanitizer among the public and it was soon packaged for consumers. According to The Guardian, the value of the hand sanitizer market has grown exponentially since the time before and after the H1N1 scare.

In 2018, the global hand sanitizer market value was $2.6 billion. The Guardian reports that the U.S. market value of hand sanitizer was $28 million in 2002 and $80 million in 2006.

Viral outbreaks like H1N1 make hand sanitizer a highly-prized commodity and some people try to profit off that fear.

Matt Colvin faced severe backlash after he and his brother bought out thousands of bottles of hand sanitizer in Tennessee and Kentucky after the first COVID-19 death in the U.S. The two covered 1,300 miles driving through Tennessee and Kentucky buying all of the hand sanitizers they could find in various dollar stores.

The brothers then started selling the hand sanitizer on Amazon for as much as $70 a bottle. Amazon shut them down and the attorney general of Tennessee launched an investigation into them for price gouging. They pledged to donate the product and Tennessee officials are making sure they follow through with the promise.

READ: American Cities And States Announce Mass Closures As They Brace For The Growing COVID-19 Outbreak

American Cities And States Announce Mass Closures As They Brace For The Growing COVID-19 Outbreak

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American Cities And States Announce Mass Closures As They Brace For The Growing COVID-19 Outbreak

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A number of states and cities across the U.S. are taking drastic measures to limit the spread of COVID-19. Bars, restaurants, movie theaters, concert venues, gyms, and schools are all shutting down to limit the spread of the virus that has infected more than 179,000 people globally. The death toll for COVID-19 in the U.S. continues to climb as more cases are discovered. Major cities are taking the virus seriously and taking extra steps to keep their residents safe and healthy.

COVID-19 has been detected in 49 states, Washington D.C., and Puerto Rico.

There are currently more than 3,200 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. with more than 70 deaths reported. Most of the deaths have occurred in long-term care facilities in Washington state among elderly people. California, New York, Florida, Louisiana, New Jersey, Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Virginia have also reported deaths from the novel coronavirus. Dr. Anthony Fauci, a member of President Trump’s COVID-19 response task force, doesn’t doubt that we are still waiting for the peak of infections and deaths in the U.S. from COVID-19.

“Well, it’s certainly going to get worse before it gets better and the kinds of mitigation strategies, containment, and mitigations that you’re talking about, is to do that kind of physical separation of people, which is one of the very effective ways you really mitigate the spread of the virus,” Dr. Fauci, an official with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), said on ABC. ” If you look at the pattern of viruses, particularly these kinds of viruses, and even look at what’s gone on in China and in Italy and in South Korea, you go along like this the way we were then you have this big spike that goes way up. Then after a while, after much disease and suffering and death, it comes back down again.”

Dr. Fauci added: “The purpose of the mitigation is to get that peak and to blunt it so that it’s a bit of a hill as opposed to a mountain. We’re at a critical point now, more in some regions of the country than in others, the kinds of things that are going on will hopefully make that blunting of that peak so that we can save a lot of lives and save a lot of illness.”

Major cities across the U.S. are shutting down businesses and telling residents to self-isolate to curb the spread of the pandemic.

Update on COVID-19 Response from Mayor Eric Garcetti

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, I’m taking executive action to temporarily close bars, nightclubs, restaurants (except takeout/delivery), entertainment venues, and other establishments in the city of Los Angeles. These orders go into effect at midnight tonight and will stay in place until March 31 unless extended. There is no food shortage and grocery stores will remain open. We’re taking these steps to help protect Angelenos, limit the spread of the novel coronavirus, and avoid putting a dangerous strain on our health care system. This will be a tough time, but it is not forever. Angelenos have always risen to meet difficult moments, and we will get through this together.———————————————————Para ayudar a prevenir la propagación de COVID-19, estoy tomando medidas ejecutivas para cerrar temporalmente los bares, discotecas, restaurantes (excepto comida para llevar / a domicilio), lugares de entretenimiento y otros establecimientos en la ciudad de Los Ángeles. Estas órdenes entrarán en vigor a la medianoche de esta noche y permanecerán vigentes hasta el 31 de marzo al menos que se extiendan. No hay escasez de alimentos y los supermercados permanecerán abiertas. Estamos tomando estos pasos para ayudar a proteger a los Angelinos, limitar la propagación del nuevo coronavirus y evitar una tensión peligrosa en nuestro sistema de atención médica.Este será un momento difícil, pero no es para siempre. Los Angelinos siempre se han levantado para enfrentar momentos difíciles, y lo superaremos juntos.

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West Virginia, Washington D.C., Virginia, Ohio, Maryland, New Mexico, Oregon, Michigan, Florida, Washington state, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Arizona, North Carolina, Minnesota, Illinois, Los Angeles, New York City, and San Diego have all shut down schools.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced on Sunday night that entertainment venues, gyms, fitness studios, bars, movie theaters, and nightclubs would be closed until March 31. Bars and restaurants can only serve take-out orders in an attempt to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf expanded measures to the rest of the state to halt the spread of COVID-19.

Gov. Tom Wolf called on the state to close all nonessential government offices and putting a stop to all nonessential business. Health experts are calling for Americans to do a better job od self-isolating and hunkering down to prevent COVID-19 from spreading further.

“This isn’t a decision that I take lightly at all,” Gov. Wolf told the press during a briefing. “It’s one that I’m making because medical experts believe it is the only way we can prevent our hospitals from being overwhelmed by patients.”

Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York joined together to pass similar lockdown provisions to tackle COVID-19 together.

‘”Our primary goal is to slow the spread of #Coronavirus so that the wave doesn’t crash our healthcare system,” Gov. Cuomo tweeted. “Social distancing is the best way to do that. I have called on the federal gov’t to implement nationwide protocols, but in their absence we are taking this on ourselves.”

On Sunday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio ordered all hospitals to cancel elective surgeries, closed senior city centers, and postponed an election in Queens. Visitors are also no longer to go to Rikers Island.

Health experts are urging all Americans to take the necessary steps to prevent spreading COVID-19.

Social distancing and self-isolation are important tools Americans can utilize to make sure the COVID-19 outbreak is curbed. It is going to be a very tough time for millions of Americans who are hunkering down and waiting not the next few weeks as the global community tries to get this virus under control. Everyone has a part to play. Now’s the time.

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