A member of the Villa family makes a return to rejoin his relatives on the FOX television show.
And it rocks the boat a bit at home for Detective Villa (Jaina Lee Ortiz) and her mother Daisie (Lisa Vidal) when Marcos (Manny Montana), the youngest of the Villa kids, comes back from the army. We caught up with Vidal and Montana to find out how the Villas will be handling the family reunion on the show and what it means for the characters.
Daisie is herself a sassy mama in Miami, can you share with us what it’s been like to bring this character to life on a network like FOX and giving Latina women someone to see themselves represented in?
Lisa Vidal: I think what makes her such a great character is her honesty. She is who she is and she loves life. She lives life and she doesn’t hold back and she knows who she is. She has very strong opinions like we Latina moms have. She’s always in the hustle and family means everything to her. Her kids mean everything to her. She’s not the perfect person. She had bad habits. She’s made a lot of mistakes but she tries to work on that and correct that. She has a lot of heart. I think we women, especially moms kinda feel that way. Sometimes we feel like ‘Man, we can’t do anything right.’ I just love how she sort of represents that woman that is just always putting herself out there and trying to bring joy to a situation. Have fun and enjoy life and not dwell on the sad stuff and the depressing stuff.
Detective Villa and her mom moving in together is such a Millennial thing. How has that changed the relationship between mom and daughter? They’re both very strong personalities!
Lisa Vidal: Moving in together can be difficult. Daisie has her ways and her habits and Villa and Villa can’t stand some of them. And so they bump heads and it’s not easy living with someone else when you’re used to being an independent person and having your own space and nobody’s telling you what to do. But now, this person that’s telling you what to do is your daughter and you want to keep the peace and you love her but you also don’t wanna feel quashed or suffocated and you wanna be free to be who you are. But you’re also trying to please that person. So it definitely makes for some conflicting situations and some mother/daughter tension.
Do you think that’s given Daisie more room to bug Villa about finally getting with Rosie?
Lisa Vidal: Absoultely, I think that Daisie has always sort of encouraged that relationship. She likes Rosie. She thinks he’s a great guy and he’s got a great career.
He’s MORRIS CHESTNUT! So dreamy.
Lisa Vidal: Yeah, he’s fine as all hell.
With the new upcoming episodes, there’s going to be an even greater shift in the Villa family as your son Marcos comes back from his active duty. Is that going to open up a chance for us to see a different side of Daisie that we haven’t seen before?
Lisa Vidal: Definitely. I think that you’re gonna see the vulnerable side of Daisie–the sensitive side of Daisie. The hurt side of Daisie because she just feels like her son doesn’t really accept her.
And Marcos, can you share Manny’s reaction to having to adjust to his mom and sister’s lifestyle and coming back into the picture?
Manny Montana: It’s interesting because it’s relatable into my real life like when I went to college and then I came back home for like a weekend and you still expect your friends to still be there. Like you’re gonna go to the same things you always did but everybody moves on. People have family. People have jobs so like I come back and it’s like it’s the same but different. And (Villa) is the only one I had in my corner but now she has her own life so I can’t adjust and it just takes me on a whirlwind.
Specifically with Daisie, do you wanna share how Marcos affects her, when we’ve seen her as this vivacious and young at heart character, and how his presence might affect that by bringing up past issues?
Manny Montana: He has a lot against his mother. He was the only man that she had around so it’s a very layered dynamic. I think we started just bumping heads and that’s why I ran away. And that’s what my sister had against me too because we were the only ones we had after our dad left. So now me coming back, trying to play this father figure that I really don’t want to play (for the both of them) and they want me to be this normal guy but I’m just not. So we bump heads a lot.