'Roswell, New Mexico' Exclusive: Heather Hemmens on why Maria De Luca is super fun, yet extremely grounded
In a crowd of characters who are clad with heavy dialogues and some treacherous pasts, Maria is surely a breath of fresh air
Heather Hemmens' character, Maria De Luca, is probably the most grounded character on The CW reboot, 'Roswell: New Mexico'. As the best friend of Liz Ortech, played by Jeanine Mason, Maria holds an extremely important role in the show as she serves both as onlooker and influencer. Starring alongside Mason, Nathan Parsons (as Max Evans), Michael Vlamis (as Michael), and Lily Cowles (as Isobel Evans), Maria is one of the most compelling factors on the show.
In a crowd of characters who are clad with heavy dialogues and some treacherous pasts, Maria is surely a breath of fresh air. While speaking with MEAWW about the show, Hemmens shed some light on her free-spirited character. She explained: "What I love first and foremost about Maria is that she is a straight shooter. She is always the one that is going to tell you the truth, she's going to tell you exactly how it is but with love, you know, whatever it happens to be. But she will have your best interest at heart, and she is a very loyal and honest person."
We got a glimpse of Maria's amiable nature when she was first introduced as Liz's best friend in the pilot episode. In a town like Roswell where Liz and her family have been subjected to discrimination on the grounds that they are undocumented immigrants, Maria is probably the only one who sees Liz beyond all of that.
We do not know much about their past yet, but it can be said Maria has seen Liz through thick and thin. While this certainly makes her a wild card on the show, Maria also adds a new angle to the story. Her character is unlike all the others. In spite of living in a town as tiny as Roswell, Maria is the only one who has held on to her humane nature.
In the least that we see her, she is quite an ordinary girl but has an extraordinary way of perceiving people. She isn't as layered as Liz, who by Episode 2 seems to be trying to investigate her sister, Rosa's death. Instead, Maria is a one-shaded character who acts as a foil to Liz. Her character's approach is quite an idealistic one as she refuses to be affected by the ongoing violence in the town.
She is not a girl who keeps her head down in a moment of crisis, but at the same time, she also refuses to get involved in any unnecessary squabble. As the owner of a bar, Maria knows exactly when to get involved and when it is alright to stay away.
Hemmens said, "She is also very fun. She owns a bar, so, you know, everybody comes to the bar to talk to her and get a free shot or two. So, she is a lot of fun. She is the first one to get up and start dancing. Have a laugh or make a joke, but she is also very grounded and loyal."
That is what Maria is. She is extremely grounded in her principles but at the same time, she is a loyal friend who can take a bullet for those she loves. It would, however, be pretty interesting to find out how Maria reacts when she realizes the truth about Max's real identity since Hemmens herself is quite the believer in UFO. Watch her full interview below to know how Hemmens was drawn to the show because of the ET aspect.