Hey preppies! There is a new Zack Morris at Bayside Excessive and she or he’s a Latina teen.
Haskiri Velazquez is taking on Zack’s energy to freeze time and break the fourth wall because the character Daisy Jimenez on Peacock’s Saved by the Bell revival (out Wednesday). And though Velazquez says she and Mark-Paul Gosselaar, who performed Zack within the unique sequence, did not spend a lot time collectively, she’s elated about what the character will imply to younger Latinas.
“I grew up in New York’s Washington Heights, the place my neighborhood was very numerous. However after I turned on the TV, the one individual I noticed that I might relate to was Jennifer Lopez,” Velazquez tells EW. “I actually clung to her for inspiration, to the purpose that my household known as me Child JLo. And despite the fact that there wasn’t lots of variety on TV, my mother and father taught me that something is feasible. After I went to my first audition for Saved by the Bell and I broke the fourth wall, I virtually cried! The truth that they created a task for a Latina to take Zack’s powers was overwhelming. When Latinas watch this present and meet Daisy and her finest good friend Aisha [Alycia Pascual-Pena], they will dream even larger as a result of we’re dwelling proof that something is feasible.”
However there’s a lot extra to Daisy than all that. Whereas working onerous to succeed at a brand new faculty, Daisy’s single mother (performed by Orange Is the New Black star Selenis Leyva) will depend on her to assist with the care of her youthful brother. This places strain and limitations on Daisy, who like her counselor, Dr. Jessie Spano (Elizabeth Berkley Lauren), is an overachiever.
“Daisy is passionate and caring,” the budding actress, who’s of Puerto Rican and Dominican descent, explains. “I actually related together with her story as a result of I’ve skilled lots of what she has. I grew up in a low revenue family, and whereas I did develop up with each of my mother and father, I’ve two brothers who wanted me to shift my priorities to take accountability for them. Once you grow-up in households like mine and Daisy’s, you generally need to step-up and do what must be finished. There’s an episode the place we speak about Daisy’s quinceañera on the present and she or he says she would not need one, figuring out deep down inside she does. However she noticed her mother was drowning in payments and she or he did not need to add to that. One thing comparable occurred to me when it was time for my Candy 16 and my mother and father put completely satisfied faces on show figuring out they had been counting quarters. I feel lots of viewers will be capable to hook up with Daisy on completely different ranges and hopefully really feel extra assured to speak about their emotions. The writers deliver it up in a light-weight and enjoyable means, which I hope helps make these powerful conversations extra approachable.”
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Though Velazquez had only a few scenes with Gosselaar, she’s hopeful that might develop if the present will get one other season. When requested if she’d prefer to see them each name a day out concurrently and see what it does the universe’s axis, she was all in.
“You recognize, I might need to pitch that state of affairs to [showrunner] Tracy [Wigfield],” she exclaimed. “How cool would that be for followers of the unique and all the brand new followers to see occur?! Perhaps we do a side-by-side timeout then everybody however us freezes and we see what occurs? I want everybody to assist the present so we will come again and hopefully make one thing like this occur.”
When the unique NBC sequence ran from 1989-1993, one of many few examples of Latino illustration on TV was Mario Lopez, who brings again his character A.C. Slater within the revival. Velazquez explains how his assist on set meant a lot to her as a rising BIPOC actress.
“The second I first met Mario, I felt I had identified him all my life,” she says. “I really feel like that is a really Latino factor as a result of I keep in mind rising up and going to my good friend’s properties and their households taking me in like certainly one of their very own. That is what assembly Mario felt like, he is like a tio to me now. [Laughs] From the start he was very welcoming and tell us if we wanted something that he was there to information us. He is additionally very humorous and loud! What I actually appreciated from him is that he by no means made us really feel like we needed to dwell as much as something, he inspired us create our personal narratives. All the unique forged members had been like that actually. They inspired us to only have enjoyable with all of it they usually cheered for us alongside the best way. Wow, now I really feel like singing “Pals Eternally.” [Laughs] I have not been capable of get that music out of my head!”
This interview has been edited and condensed for size and readability.
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