Los Angeles (USA) (EFE).- A Dominican family accustomed to living well moves to Miami in the 1980s with the hope that everything will go even better for them. But the American dream is not what they thought. This is “Gordita Chronicles”, HBO Max’s Latin bet for this summer, produced by Eva Longoria Y Zoe Saldana.
“As soon as Zoe gave me the script and asked me to direct the first episode, I said yes before reading it, because I know that everything she does manages to raise our community,” Longoria herself explains to Efe about this series focused on the Caribbean emigration to the United States.
Light, friendly and colorful, “Gordita Chronicles” turns the Latino immigrant experience on its head by focusing on a wealthy family that leaves the Dominican Republic with a lucrative job offer under their belt and is reluctant to change to adopt a new style. of life.
“It’s not like what you always see in the media and in the news. They are not fleeing violence or chaos, in fact when they arrive in the US they are reducing their standard of living. Each experience is different”, says the actress and producer.
Longoria has been responsible for directing the episode that presents the Castelli family, headed by Victor (Juan Javier Cárdenas), a father who joins as advertising director at a major airline; and Adela (Diana María Riva), a mother with great resistance to changing her habits.
Although it is his daughters who steal the viewer’s attention. On the one hand, the popular Emilia (Savannah Nicole Ruiz), obsessed with American pop culture; and on the other her opposite sister, nicknamed Gordita (Olivia Goncalves) and reluctant to her new environment.
It is the latter who is in charge of narrating the life of her eccentric family through her memoirs.
“I think the American dream is something to fight for. But when they arrive in the US, the members of this family discover that they have a smaller house, that they pay a lot of taxes… and they say ‘wait, where is the dream?’ I liked to turn that idea around,” says Longoria.
Through 10 episodes, which premiere simultaneously this Thursday, Gordita recounts with a combination of cheekiness and innocence the obstacles that each member of the Castelli faces, from problems with English to small racist comments or the pressure to fit in between the teenagers.
An experience that Zoe Saldaña finds almost universal among her people. “As we read the first episode, each character reminded us of a member of our family, or of ourselves. That is why it has been a pleasure, an honor and a duty to make it a reality».
On the other hand, “Gordita Chronicles” also works as a whiff of eighties nostalgia- cardigans and denim clothing impregnate the exuberant atmosphere of Miami in a decade in which its streets were played by everything from Michael Jackson to a young Gloria Estefan who was beginning to raise the Latin flag in the entertainment world.
“It’s weird, it’s weird that so many Latinos are in a big project, with a big platform… I wish it were more normal. But for now we are very proud of this”, comments Longoria.