Mayan Lopez grew up on the set of his father’s ABC comedy. George LopezShe made guest appearances, helped out behind the scenes, and made people on set laugh. her father “The first time my dad found me funny was when I took my mom’s old bra and put it over her eyes and pretended to be a fly.” Then I nodded,” recalls Mayan. “Another time I was wearing sunglasses with one of her lenses missing. I was really committed to it. I did it for three months. I remember my dad saying, ‘Look, she is already committed, she’s five years old.'”
However, as Mayan grew older, her relationship with her father became frayed. He and her mother, Ann, went through a very public divorce that was played out in the tabloids.By early 2020, Mayan and George were estranged.
Then came the pandemic. George, who received a kidney donation from Anne in 2005, had a compromised immune system and had to be hospitalized to ensure his safety. As the specter of global catastrophe looms over, Maya and George’s relationship begins to mend. Like many families, the Lopez’s found new ways to connect. They started making funny videos.Maya became Active on TikTokshe introduced her parents and their interactions.
Others began to notice that George was always watching his daughter. She was able to commit a little.
“I joke that watching me twist upside down on a wall on TikTok is how we got people’s attention and ultimately got our show,” Mayan said. increase.
That’s right. TikTok quickly led to a pilot that was adopted. Now she and George are set to star in Lopez’s new sitcom. Lopez vs Lopez, will bow on Friday, November 4th on NBC. The two play a father and daughter who don’t always see each other. Like in real life, the fictional Lopez is mending a relationship after a long estrangement.Mayan says many episode themes are drawn from real-life interactions.
“Reconciliation is still an ongoing process. There will be hard days, but we won’t lie,” Mayan says. “Sometimes I have conversations on screen, and in reality my character can speak to my father better than I can, but it’s the same person. And it’s great to see our relationship grow, which is what makes it real and raw, and I can’t wait for people to see it.”
She also knows it well since the original Lopez After airing in 2007, there is a significant lack of Latinx representation on the network.There was Gloria and Manny ABC’s longtime modern family plus ABC’s short-lived comedy Cristella, but few others. A recent study found that Hispanic actors, directors, and producers grossly underrated in the industry.
“This is very important to the Latinx community. Our presence on screen is very important. We want people to see themselves in the context of us and our families.” As an entertainer, I wanted to make sense of my pain, and this is a great medium to do that,” Mayan says.
Ultimately, she hopes the show will open up dialogue between generations. A parent’s norm is not a child’s norm. Her lack of understanding can lead to rifts that have threatened her own family for years.
“We try to educate Gen Z and millennials and beyond with love,” she says. “Tell people, ‘It’s okay to talk about how you feel.’ Your problem doesn’t have to be mine or our children’s. It’s not a weakness to talk about how you feel.” It takes courage to seek treatment.
“Sometimes the bravest thing is to look inside and realize that you need help. I know people want to show strength, but there is strength in weakness. We want to remove the stigma of what our family has gone through, such as alcoholism and anxiety, and say that meds are fine.
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