Mishel Prada, Karen Ser Anzoategui, Chelsea Rendon, Carlos Miranda, and Maria Elena Laas have been cast as series regulars alongside Melissa Berrera in the new half-hour series.
“Vida” follows two Mexican-American sisters, Emma and Lyn, from the Eastside of Los Angeles who couldn’t be more different or distanced from each other. Circumstances force them to return to their old neighborhood, where they are confronted by the past and shocking truth about their mother’s identity.
Tanya Saracho will serve as showrunner, with Alonso Ruizpalacios directing the series premiere. Big Beach TV will produce the series with Robin Schwartz, Peter Saraf, and Marc Turtletaub, serving as executive producers. Stephanie Langhoff is also executive producing with Chrisann Verges producing.
Prada will portray Emma who, estranged from both her sister and her mother, reluctantly returns for her mother’s funeral and to deal with the family business. Previously cast, Barrera will play her sister, Lyn, a care-free party girl, who has figured out how to live a pretty worry-free life in the Bay Area.
Prada starred in the digital series “Fear The Walking Dead: Passage” and has appeared in several indie films.
Ser Anzoategui will portray Eddy, a sensitive soul who is trustworthy, generous and passionate but also intimidating looking upon first glance.
Ser Anzoategui is a non-binary Latinx/Chicanx actor, playwright, and artivist. Ser has appeared in “East Los High,” “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” “The Fosters,” and “Shameless” among other projects.
Chelsea Rendon will play Marisol, who is the expression of east side youth culture: woke, politicized, and deep in the resistance. As a child actress, Rendon worked on shows such as “E.R.,” “The Shield” and “Judging Amy.” More recently she’s worked on the Oscar-nominated film “A Better Life” and Disney’s “McFarland, USA.”
Miranda will play Johnny, a stand-up guy who runs his ailing dad’s auto shop and is engaged to his pregnant girlfriend but has a history with Lyn. Miranda appeared in feature films “Warrior” directed by Gavin O’Conner, “The Bling Ring” directed by Sofia Coppola, and recently “Grandma” opposite Lily Tomlin. His television credits include “Chicago PD,” “How to Get Away with Murder” and “Dallas.”
Maria Elena Laas will portray Cruz, an enigmatic lesbian who has a checkered history with Emma. Laas film credits include Alan Cumming’s “Suffering Man’s Charity,” “The Hot Chick” starring Rob Schneider and Anna Faris, and has starred in indie favorites “Kill The Habit,” “Pastor Shepherd” opposite Danny Trejo.
Starz head Chris Albrecht has made a concerted effort to bring diversity to the network’s programming lineup. Along with the upcoming “Vida,” the network currently airs the drama series “Power” and recently concluded “Survivor’s Remorse” after four seasons.
(Pictured: Mishel Prada, left; Carlos Miranda, right)