In one of the best Latin-themed television series, Gordita Chronicles on HBO Max is marked as one of the most talked about and funniest series.
The series is centered on a young girl from the Dominican Republic who immigrated with her family to Miami during the 1980s. As she grew up during this period, she experienced xenophobia, body image, and a major cultural adjustment. Not to mention, it’s a coming-of-age story in school for a young Latina.
Gordita Chronicles is inspired by the life of its creator Claudia Forestieri as she looked back on her childhood as a chubby, willful and reluctant Dominican immigrant.
The series star newcomer Olivia Concalves as the 12-year-old “Cucu,” along with Diana Maria Riva (Dead to Me, Sunnyside) and Juan Javier Cardenas (The Walking Dead). Dominican-American actress Dascha Polanco (Orange Is The New Black, In the Heights) narrates the series.
Brigitte Muñoz-Liebowitz served as the showrunner and executive produced by Zoe Saldana and Eva Longoria.
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LRM Online’s Gig Patta spoke with creator Claudia Forestieri and showrunner Brigitte Muñoz-Liebowitz regarding the series.
Claudia Forestieri began her career as a journalist and producer for Telemundo news stations in San Francisco, Chicago, and Los Angeles. It earned her five local Emmys and a GLAAD Media Award for her coverage of the Latino community. In 2014, she completed NBC’s Writers on the Verge program. She was selected to the HBO Access writer’s program in 2017 to create UNIMUNDO 45. In 2017, she joined the writing staff of Good Trouble. The following year, she joined the staff of Netflix’s Selena The Series as executive story editor.
Brigitte Muñoz-Liebowitz participated in the NBC Writers On the Verge program while taking classes at the Groundlings and Improv Olympic West. Her first job was in the writers’ room for Brooklyn Nine-Nine. After that experience, it led her to more writing opportunities for TBS’s People of Earth, NBC’s Abby’s, Disney+’s Diary of a Future President, HBO Max’s Love Life, and One Day at a Time.
Gordita Chronicles is currently streaming on HBO Max.
Watch the exclusive interview with Claudia Forestieri and Brigitte Muñoz-Liebowitz below.
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