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Isabella Gomez From ‘One Day At A Time’ Is Humbled To Be An Icon To The Latinx LGBTQ Community

If you’re Cuban then you’re most likely watching Netflix’s One Day at a Time (ODAAT) like your life depends on it. My own therapist instructed me to watch ODAAT for ‘racial mirroring,’ and at first, I was hesitant to let any show tell me what my culture is, but ODAAT was really what I needed. It’s written by a Cuban woman, for Latinos, and everyone can relate with all the characters on the show.

There’s always one character who filters your lens of all the other characters. For me, it was Isabella Gomez’ character, Elena Alvarez, the angry, feminist, activist lesbian who breaks stereotypes for the LGBTQ community. We couldn’t help but tell the story of the young woman behind our favorite ODAAT character.

Isabella Gomez is an Aquarius.

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She was born on February 9, 1998, which means she’ll be celebrating her 21st birthday imminently. Feliz cumple, Isabella.

Gomez was born in Medellín, Colombia.

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To mother, Eliana Meija and father Sergio Gomez, whose world filled up with the birth of their daughter. They have no other children.

She started acting in commercials when she was 5 years old.

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Caption: “Feliz día a la mamá mas mamacita de todas!!! Te adoro mamita linda, eres la mejor de todas en todo el mundo y el universo por toda la eternidad, amén. ????????”

Her family moved to Orlando, Florida when she was 10 years old.

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Why? They are the most supportive family imaginable. Gomez wanted to become an actress, so they moved to the country home to Hollywood to being naturalization. Plus, she got to grow up with Mickey Mouse.

Gomez received vocal lessons to moderate her Colombian accent.

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Apparently, she was an honor student from the get-go! When Dreamers dream, am I right?

Pero, todavía, habla español.

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You’d know if you follow her on any of her social media accounts. She finds a Latino on the red carpet and they both story to share their Latino pride.

Pro tip: if you want to see all the throwback pics of Isabella as una muñeca, follow her parents @sergiogomezc and @elianameijav.

The family made one final move to Los Angeles when Gomez was 17 years old and the rest is history.

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She had appeared on 7 episodes of Matador and even had a small role in Modern Family before she was cast as Elena Alvarez on One Day at a Time. Way to go, fam!

It’s paid off.

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Gomez has pretty much always known she wanted to be an actress. She’ll be the first to tell you (or CorrienteLatina) that, “there’s a lot of rejection, so you have to be sure that this is what you want to do. You have to know that you love this. And I think once you know that you love something, the rest comes into place.”

Caption: “Thank you, thank you, thank you to the TV Academy for the incredible honor and for such a lovely night. #TVAcadHonors ????”

When she was invited to audition for ODAAT, she was asked not to wear makeup.

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Which, if you know Elena, you understand why, but it’s an unusual request for actors. Elena is valued for her intellect, not her beauty, no matter how much it disappoints her beauty-obsessed abuelita.

Her on-screen vampiric BFF is her IRL BFF, Ariela Barer.

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Caption: “Wearing shirts with each others shows on them bc how freaking cool is that & also bc we’re annoyingly proud of each other ????”

Gomez credits her character Elena for teaching her about white-passing privilege.

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Gomez told Vanity Fair, “Ariela Barer, who plays Carmen in the first season, and I are really good friends, and we always talk about the industry, and she’s told me horror stories about the racism that she’s encountered because she’s Latinx. I was like, ‘That’s funny! I’ve never encountered that.’

And then I got this script, and I was like, ‘Oh my god. This makes so much sense.’ . . . It’s so good to be aware of your privilege that way, and I absolutely identified with Elena.”

Gomez has become an LGBTQ icon since starring in the show.

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Caption: “This was my first experience at Clexacon: walking into a room filled with so much love and excitement that we couldn’t help but shed a tear or two. And then it only got better!! I’m still feeling so overwhelmed by this weekend that I can’t quite put into words what an absolute dream it all was. Interacting with you guys, hearing your stories and being able to make human connections with the people we are telling these stories for is so beyond anything I had ever hoped for. My heart feels so full it might burst. I said it over and over all weekend and I’ll say it again: this community feels like my family. Thank you for being so accepting and supportive of me and for allowing me to be a part of your world. And thank you for making my first con an experience I’ll never forget!! I love you all more than you’ll ever know. #Clexacon2018 ????❤️”

When she read the script where Elena’s father walks out on her after she comes out, she wept.

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She told FanFest News, “I remember Gloria told me about the plot line for the Season 1 finale while we were at an after party and I started crying right there. And then I cried when I read the script and at every table read and rehearsals and through the whole filming day. It wasn’t just shock either, it was outrage and pain and betrayal. I’ve become very protective of Elena and the LGBTQ community so living through a little bit of the experience that is the everyday reality for many of them was absolutely heartbreaking.”

“Being the vessel for this representation means a lot of people are extraordinarily vulnerable with me.”

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Gomez is touched to be an icon for other young kids participating in their own coming out stories. She told FanFest News, “I couldn’t tell you how many coming out stories I’ve been able to read about and how many people, ranging from kids to adults, tell me that although they’re still in the closet, they now feel better about their situations and are working towards living their most authentic lives. It’s so humbling to read all this feedback and get to be a little part of their journeys.”

Gomez totally spaced out when she found out she got the role of Elena.

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That’s right. The story goes that she was on a three way call with her agent, her manager and her dad (whose a lawyer), and they just start reading all this legal jargon aloud. She tells corriente Latina the full story:
“And they finished and they’re like, “all right, coo, bye.” And I’m like, “coo, bye.” And I went to walk into my room, and my dad called me back and he said, “What are you doing?” and I’m like, “What do you mean?” and he’s like, you just booked One Day at a Time and you’re not reacting. And I screamed out, like there’s no way this happened. I called Doyle back and said, “What were you reading to me?” and he said, “That was the pickup for you. I was wondering why you didn’t freak out.” So, that was that.”

She’s used her platform to promote voting rights in America…

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Caption: “Voting is our RIGHT, our PRIVILEGE and our RESPONSIBILITY. I’m voting on November 6th and I hope you will join me if you can #BecauseItMatters.”

And equality for Latinas in pay, respect, and opportunities.

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Caption: “Today is #LatinaEqualPayDay, when we catch up to what white, non-hispanic men were paid in 2017. The pay gap is greatest for Latinas, who get 53 cents for every $1 a man makes. We are #PhenomenallyLatina and we deserve equal pay! ????????@phenomenal.ly t-shirt proceeds benefit the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health. www.phenomenalwoman.us”

I know what you’re thinking. Of course she, has a boo.

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His name is Rhenzy Feliz and he’s the Dominicano you love to watch on Marvel’s Runaways and he’s super passionate about environmental justice (and Isabella Gomez). That means her bestie and her boo get to share a set en juntos.

She stans Hispanic Heritage Month.

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Netflix brought together nine Netflix stars for this small photoshoot that brings together some of the cast from On My Block, Orange is the New Black, and One Day at a Time. she says she missed the memo that it was ‘farm casual’ but I ship her look.

She has no advice for her fans except to keep giving her advice.

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This is Socrates level humility. She told FanFest News, “To my fans: If anything, I think you guys should be giving me advice and words of encouragement. I’ve never encountered such an overwhelmingly positive and supportive group of people. Please, please, please keep being the bright lights you already are. Keep loving hard and fighting for what’s right. If the world could feel a fraction of the happiness you all have made me feel then I truly believe the human race would become better. And I know you are all capable of making that difference. Keep fighting, my loves.”

21. Take the mitú quiz that Isabella Gomez, la princesa herself, took!

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I guess Isabella Gomez wanted to find out who she’d be in the cast of ODAAT, based off her personality. Pero, no sé, maybe you’ll be Elena?


READ: Find Out Who You Are In The Alvarez Family With This ‘One Day At A Time’ Quiz

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The Los Angeles Dodgers Are Playing In The World Series And People Are Excited

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The Los Angeles Dodgers Are Playing In The World Series And People Are Excited

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The World Series is still happening despite Covid because baseball just can’t be held down. The Dodgers are playing their first World Series game today and fans are so excited to finally get some more baseball in their lives.

The World Series is here and Los Dodgers are playing their first game.

Baseball is America’s pastime and few teams have a fanbase as energized as The Dodgers. Ask any Dodgers fans about how difficult it is to get to the stadium and their commitment to the team is clear. It is not anywhere accessible by public transportation so you really have to want it.

People are super energized to celebrate and support their team.

The Dodgers made it to the championship game against the Houston Astros in 2017. The Dodgers lost to the Astros that year but three years later the Astros had the title stripped because of a cheating scandal. Now, The Dodgers have a chance to make win a title and Dodgers fans are excited to see it happen.

Even the furry fans are getting excited about the games.

It’s a fact that if a team has furry fans then they have the best fanbase. Who doesn’t want to end up at a stadium or party with these cute fluffers walking around in their Dodgers’ gear? These four-legged fans are better than child fans because they are going to get everyone’s spirits up.

The team has a lot of big names behind them cheering them on.

Los Angeles is home to some of the top celebrities and athletes. It must be nice to know that some of the most influential people are out there pushing for you to make it all the way. Bonus points if they are other athletes who know just how exciting and hard it is to compete at the elite level.

Let’s go, Dodgers!

The Dodgers play the Tampa Bay Rays tonight at 5:11 PST. Be sure to tune in and cheer for your favorite baseball team as they try for the championship again.

READ: From Serving Tacos To Being Signed With The LA Dodgers, Here’s What We Know Of The LA Dodger’s Pitcher

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Netflix Finally Gave Us The Release Date For “Selena: The Series” And Fans Can’t Wait

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Netflix Finally Gave Us The Release Date For “Selena: The Series” And Fans Can’t Wait

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One of the most popular and cathartic things to do in the time of Covid is to binge watch shows on streaming platforms. Why drag something out when you can watch an entire season in a day? Well, Selena fans now have one more thing to binge after Netflix announced the release date for “Selena: The Series.”

The world will forever change after Dec. 4.

Netflix is finally releasing the highly anticipated show “Selena: The Series” and we are so stoked to finally see it. The show has been on the radar of Selena fans everywhere since it was announced in 2018. We have all patiently waited for two years to finally see this show.

This is not a drill. This is not a prank. This is a gift from the entertainment deities who want to make sure that we all have something to make these hard times better. All you need is access to a Netflix account, doesn’t matter whose, and the enduring love for Selena that most of us have.

People are marking their calendars for a big day in entertainment.

That’s right. Netflix is releasing “Selena: The Series” and Disney+ is releasing “Mulan” for Disney+ subscribers at no extra charge after trying to rent it for $30 through the app. Dec. 4 is gearing up to be one of the most exciting days for people who just don’t want to leave the house during the current Covid pandemic. What a time to be a live, huh?

Netflix knows exactly what they are doing by releasing this show.

This show is approved by the Quintanilla family so there is that. This show was announced at the same time that Telemundo announced that the Spanish-language network was releasing their own series “El Secreto De Selena.”

The Telemundo show was based on the book written by journalist María Celeste Arrarás. The family has vehemently denied the accusations made in the book multiple times and Telemundo’s decision to make the series, which aired in 2018, angered viewers.

We have been promised a story about Selena that we have not seen in the past.

The Netflix series will not be rehashing what we have already seen. We know the story of Selena’s musical rise and tragic death thanks to “Selena” with J.Lo.

“Selena: The Series” is going to be showing us the life of a young Selena before the fame and musical career. It is truly amazing that after all of these years, there are still new stories to be told about Selena and her important place in American Latino history.

“Before she became the Queen of Tejano Music, Selena Quintanilla was a young girl from Texas with big dreams and an even bigger voice,” reads the description of the show. “The two-part coming-of-age drama ‘Selena: The Series’ explores the once-in-a-generation performer’s journey as a young artist, from singing small gigs in Corpus Christi with her family to becoming one of the most successful Latin artists of all time — and the years of grit and sacrifice the Quintanilla family navigated together before Selena’s meteoric rise to fame.”

So, mark your calendars and gather your loved ones.

This day should be a holiday as we all know that Selena is one of the greatest unifiers in the Latino community. We still sing her songs to this day and her legacy is being passed down to younger Latinos. Selena gave us representations before we knew we wanted and needed it.

It’s like we can already hear those old-school Selena y Los Dinos songs playing in our heads. Dec. 4 can’t get here fast enough and that’s a fact.

READ: Chris Perez Says He’s In the Dark When It Comes To Netflix’s ‘Selena: The Series’

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