By Jack Rico
New footage from The Walking Dead spinoff series, Fear the Walking Dead, showcases the new cast, which is to my gratification, very multicultural. They include legendary salsa musician and actor Rúben Blades, Elizabeth Rodriguez and Patricia Reyes Spindola. The new video from AMC shows a detailed look at them plus the rest of the cast.
Below are the profiles to four of the Hispanic characters on the show.
Panamanian actor Rúben Blades plays Daniel Salazar, a refugee from El Salvador who will protect his family at any cost. He owns a barbershop and takes great pride in his business but mostly keeps to himself within the community. Some of Daniel’s regulars have been going to Salazar’s Cuts for years, but they barely know the man who cuts their hair. When people begin rising from the dead, Salazar reverts to the man he once was, a man who will do anything to ensure the survival of his family.
Mexican actress Patricia Reyes Spindola plays Griselda Salazar, a devoted wife and mother who came to the U.S. with her husband to escape the political turmoil of El Salvador. She waited to start a family with her husband until she got to the States so that she could give her daughter a better life than the one she had. Griselda is deeply religious and finds solace from her past with prayer, but prayer won’t protect her in this new world.
Mercedes Mason plays Ofelia Salazar, a hardworking professional with immigrant parents. She is protective of her parents, believing they do not understand many of the harsher realities of living in the U.S. She is quick-witted, devoted and always ready to stand up for what she believes in. When faced with the apocalypse, Ofelia clashes with her father’s opinions on the best course of action — identities are about to shift.
Puerto Rican actress Elizabeth Rodriguez is Liza Ortiz, a single mother working to put herself through nursing school – she has no time for BS. For many years she was trapped in an unhappy marriage, but now that she’s on her own she’s finally chasing her dream. Liza is a multi-tasking whirlwind that doesn’t give herself any breaks when it comes to her future or raising her son.
Official synopsis: Living in the same universe as The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead is a gritty drama that explores the onset of the undead apocalypse through the lens of a fractured family. Set in a city where people come to escape, shield secrets, and bury their pasts, a mysterious outbreak threatens to disrupt what little stability high school guidance counselor Madison Clark and English teacher Travis Manawa have managed to assemble. The everyday pressure of blending two families while dealing with resentful, escapist, and strung out children takes a back seat when society begins to break down. A forced evolution, a necessary survival of the fittest takes hold, and our dysfunctional family must either reinvent themselves or embrace their darker histories.