With the uptick in queer women of color representation on television (One Day at a Time, Star, How to Get Away With Murder, etc.) Starz is adding to the ever-growing list with their new show, Vida.
Vida is a half-hour drama series about two Mexican-American sisters from L.A.’s Eastside who come home after their mother’s death. Lyn (Melissa Barrera) and Emma (Mishel Prada) are extremely different from each other but come together to pick up the pieces and find out a surprising truth about their mother — she was dating a woman (played by Latinx non-binary actor Ser Anzoategui) before she died.
Emma also messes around with women but “doesn’t identify as anything.” She’s just herself…okay, girl.
Created by Tanya Saracho, the Latinx writer who wrote for Devious Maids, Looking, Girls, and How to Get Away With Murder, she described Vida as a TV series coming from a “female brown queer perspective.” The show has an all-Latinx writers room, all women department heads, and all directors are women of color.
“It’s so rare, usually I get told no,” Saracho said at a panel discussion organized by the National Association of Latino Independent Producers at last month’s Sundance Film Festival. “Hollywood knows they have to tap into us. They got that memo 7-9 years ago. They don’t have real faith in [Latino projects] at the corporate level. The roles [on Vida] are kind of ugly and complicated and flawed. That’s something as Latinx that we haven’t gotten to do on television.”
Vida will premiere on May 6 on Starz, but for now, you can check out the first teaser down below.