'Vida' season 2 adds Raúl Castillo and Adrian Gonzalez, production begins August 20

Castillo joins the show as Baco, the bar's new handyman, while Gonzalez will be playing the role of Rudy, an L.A. city councilman


                            'Vida' season 2 adds Raúl Castillo and Adrian Gonzalez, production begins August 20

Starz has announced that its critically-acclaimed drama 'Vida' will commence production on an extended 10-episode second season beginning Monday, August 20. The show was lauded for its authentic storytelling and Latinx representation, and the filming for the upcoming season will resume in locations around Los Angeles.

Adapted from the short story 'Pour Vida' by Richard Villegas Jr., season 1 saw Melissa Barrera and Mishel Prada take on the titular roles of Lyn and Emma respectively. The show followed the two Mexican-American sisters, who could not be more different or distanced from each other, in the Eastside of Los Angeles.

Circumstances force them to return to their old neighborhood, where they find themselves confronted by the past as well as the shocking truth about their mother's identity.

'Vida' stars Michel Prada and Melissa Barrera in the titular roles (Source: IMDb)
'Vida' stars Michel Prada and Melissa Barrera in the titular roles (Source: IMDb)

The new season will welcome two new recurring cast members in the form of Raúl Castillo and Adrian Gonzalez. Best known for his portrayal of Richie on acclaimed HBO series 'Looking,' and the subsequent television film 'Looking: The Movie,' Castillo will play the role of Baco, the bar's new handyman with a questionable past. The actor made his feature film debut with 'Amexicano' in 2007 and subsequently went on to star in films such as 'Cold Weather,' 'Don't Let Me Drown,' 'My Best Day,' 'The Girl,' and 'Bless Me, Ultima.'

Gonzalez, on the other hand, will play Rudy, an L.A. city councilman who meets Lyn at a gym class. A graduate of Northwestern, the actor has appeared in 'Superstore' for NBC, 'Kevin From Work' for the ABC Family, and has previously also had a recurring role in TBS' 'Your Family or Mine.'

Series creator and executive producer Tanya Saracho, who has previously worked on 'How To Get Away With Murder,' 'Looking,' and 'Girls,' will make her directorial debut in season two, which will delve deeper into the lives of both Lyn and Emma.

Besides Barrera, Prada and the new recruits, the series also features Ser Anzoategui (East Los High) as Eddy, Chelsea Rendon (Bright) as Marisol, Carlos Miranda (The Bling Ring) as Johnny, and the previously announced Roberta Colindrez (I Love Dick) as Nico. 

Alongside Saracho, Big Beach TV’s Robin Schwartz, Peter Saraf, and Marc Turtletaub, as well as Stephanie Langhoff (Togetherness, The Bronze, The Skeleton Twins) executive produce for the show. Senior Vice President of Original Programming Marta Fernandez and Director of Original Programming Kathleen Clifford are the Starz executives in charge of 'Vida.'