Selenis Leyva On Portraying A Relatable And Realistic Parent In Diary Of A Future President [Exclusive Interview]

Diary of a Future President

When raising a future president of the United States, I would like to think that there was a parental figure down the line that had a positive impact on the child growing up. In the Disney+ series, Diary of a Future President, that parent is named Gabriella (or just Gabi) played by actress Selenis Leyva. She is the single mother of two that will one day be the mother of president Elena Cañero-Reed.

This week will be the debut of the second season of Elena’s journey in Diary of a Future President. While the focus is on her story, creator Ilana Pena did an amazing job at making sure to share that spotlight with Leyva’s character. Gabi is relatable to many parents in the world. She is doing her best to try and juggle a career, her family, and possible love life. The series does well in showing that despite being an adult, she doesn’t always have the right answers but she does her best to move her family and herself forward.

The struggle of her trying to fit a love life is showcased well too. In being the one and only figure in the lives of these two teenagers, where does a possible mate fit? There is pressure in trying to feel out both sides of her life. Does the other person want to be a part of my kids’ lives and realize that they come first? While on the other side, will my kids be open to another person entering my life? I think Gabi handles it as well as any other person would in the real world.


Diary of a Future President

Here is the synopsis for the second season of Disney+’s Diary of a Future President

Season two of “Diary of a Future President” continues the origin story of Cuban American and future leader Elena Cañero-Reed as she enters the seventh grade. Told using the narration of excerpts from Elena’s diary. This coming-of-age series and family comedy follows Elena through the ups and downs of middle school. Which set her on the path to becoming the president of the United States.

With its release this week LRM Online had the opportunity to talk with Selenis Leyva. We conversed about the relatability between her character and parents in real life. As well as why it’s important to include topics like these in a series that is focused on the coming-of-age story of a teenager that one day becomes president. You can check out the interview below!

Diary of the Future President will debut season two exclusively on Disney+ on August 18th. Season one is available if you need to catch up!

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