Starz's upcoming Latino drama series Vida has just finished casting. Actors Mishel Prada, Karen Ser Anzoategui, Chelsea Rendon, Carlos Miranda, and Maria Elena Laas have been cast as series regulars alongside Melissa Barrera 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.
“Tanya explores identity, culture, gender and sexuality through the lens of a Latinx family and their community. It’s a deeply personal and relatable series about coming back home and finally growing up,” said Starz President and CEO Chris Albrecht. “‘Vida’ reflects the intersecting worlds of Latin and American descendants of all genders and sexualities and speaks to the heart of Starz’s programming commitment to present compelling stories for traditionally underserved audiences. We are very proud to work with Tanya and help bring her vision to life.”
NALIP member Nancy C. Mejía is a writer on the show, a position she earned with a strong writing sample and a recommendation by NALIP. As a queer Latina writer, Mejía brings her own unique voice and authentic experience to the show that are sure to bring interesting perspectives to the story. You can read more about her in our #WeAreInclusion campaign.