'How To Get Away With Murder' season 5: Jessica Marie Garcia has 'the blisters to prove' she was on the sets of the Viola Davis show
Jessica Marie Garcia, who brought Rhonda Navvaro to life on 'How to Get Away with Murder', is one of the fresh faces to be introduced in season 5
The ongoing season five of 'How To Get Away With Murder' has been as compelling as the preceding seasons, if not more, thanks in part to the fresh bunch of faces who joined Annalise Keating’s elite group of students at the Legal Clinic. Jessica Marie Garcia, who brought Rhonda Navvaro to life on the show, is one of the noticeable faces, and she made a mark on the crime/thriller show despite appearing only on four episodes this season.
Best known for her roles as Willow on Disney Channel's 'Liv and Maddie' and Jasmine on Netflix's 'On My Block', Garcia reveals that it’s her recurring role on season 2 of 'On My Block' that prevented her from continuing to appear on the Viola Davis show.
"God giveth and God Taketh away," Garcia tells MEA WorldWide (MEAWW) when recollecting her time on the show, adding, "I started shooting season 2 of 'OMB' after shooting 4 episodes of 'HTGAWM', so I couldn’t do both scheduling wise. I really hope Rhonda comes back sometime soon though! I’m crossing every finger."
Elaborating on her "incredible experience" working on the ABC show, Garcia promises that as serious and thrilling as 'HTGAWM' is, the set is extremely fun and light-hearted. The cast knows to get down, she says.
"There were a few times we broke into a little dance break in between scenes or laughed while we flubbed a line. I can’t tell you how many times I would purposely get a song stuck in Rome Flynn’s head. Ask him about 'Better Now' by Post Malone. Every time he hears it now, he curses my name," quips Garcia.
They know how to be there for each other as well, says the funny actress, whose mother had a heart attack and received a triple bypass while she was supposed to be on set. "I don’t think I was prepared for how warm the entire cast and crew were to me," she says further elaborating on how the cast and crew came through for her, during the difficult time.
"I had to miss part of an episode to be with her for surgery. Everyone involved with the show was so great to me and constantly sent love which helped me during a tough time. Thank God my mama is doing much better," she says, adding that being on the show was a "dream come true" for her.
Garcia elaborates, "I still can’t believe I was really there, but I have the blisters to prove it! Those heels were no joke. I had to pinch myself every morning driving to the studio and sitting next to Viola Davis in the makeup chair, it was surreal. I loved the show before but being on it was on a different level."
Acting alongside the best in the business, she says, was humbling and an incredible learning opportunity for an actor like her, trying to find longevity in this business.