Danielle Vega and Gabriel Chavarria: ‘East Los High’ Is Only Gonna Get Realer

The new season of Hulu’s East Los High promises more romance, more sex, and lots more relationship drama. We caught up with cast members Danielle Vega and Gabriel Chavarria and got real about some of the toughest topics from the Emmy-nominated show.

Abusive Relationships

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Q: The show touches on a lot of sensitive topics, like abusive relationships.

Vega: It touches on how far you’ll go for a relationship to make it work until you realize it’s not worth it. We talk about the importance of knowing your self worth. You’ll see Ceci struggle with that on season 3. Young people need to realize that you don’t have to be with someone who says they love you, but also physically abuses you.

Struggles of Being a Teen Mom

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Q: Ceci’s character is not only involved in an abusive relationship, she’s also raising a child. How do fans react to this?

Vega: Unfortunately, a lot of girls go through what she has gone through. The familiarity that comes with her character really allows for girls to look at her as an example and mentor. I think that’s why she resonates so well with fans.



Their Lives Versus Their Character’s Lives

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Q: How have your parents reacted to the show?

Vega: My mom had such a tough time watching the first season of the show. She didn’t want to see me get beat up, but she appreciates the show for what it is. I think I surprised her a bit with my acting skills.

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Chavarria: In my home, we try not to talk about those shirtless or risque moments. [Laughing] I’m sure they’ve closed their eyes on a few episodes.

Guilty Pleasure: Telenovelas

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Q: Your show is like a telenovela. Did you ever watch them?

Chavarria: I was glued to the TV whenever El Clon was on.

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Vega: I can’t stop watching Capadocia on HBO. It’s amazing.

 The Hard Times

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