‘Warrior’ Season 2: Who is Rosalita Vega? Meet the Mexican owner of Barbary Coast Fight Pit who will help Ah Sahm
Spoilers for ‘Warrior’ Season 2 Episode 1 — 'Learn to Endure, or Hire a Bodyguard'
Chinese martial arts expert Ah Sahm (Andrew Koji) is locked in combat again at the Barbary Coast Fight Pit and doing what he does best after a brutal defeat at the hands of Li Yong (Joe Taslim) last season. The first episode begins with bloodied Ah Sahm fighting off a new anti-Chinese group, Teddy's Boys.
Rosalita Vega (Maria-Elena Laas) steps foot into the new episode as Ah Sahm's manager after his winning streak and tells him, “You had me worried there for a second.” She hands him his prize money and notes how he never “counts it.” An easy-going banter follows when Ah Sahm says he trusts her. “I could make a mistake...” she says and Ah Sahm retorts, “Well, I get the feeling you're not someone who makes a lot of mistakes.” She snaps back, “I could tell you stories.”
With his intentions shrouded in mystery, Rosalita wonders what's China Town's hatchet man doing in a Barbary Coast fight pit? As he ducks with his answer, she tells him, “Whenever you're ready to change your answer, I'm your girl. Whatever it is, I'm betting I can help.” Ah Sahm is clear he doesn't need any help.
The introduction makes you wonder who really is Rosalita Vega? Dubbed as “a tough, savvy, opportunistic Mexican woman who runs a notorious fight club on San Francisco’s famed Barbary Coast,” what is her story? As the first episode comes to a close, Ah Sahm crosses paths with Rosalita again and opens up about how he lost once... “badly.” He says, “Hey Vega, You said you might be able to help me find what I'm looking for.” And she remarks, “I did say that, didn't I?” That dialogue leaves more suspense hanging in the air. Dangerous and sharp, not many details are spilled about her but it does look she has a significant role to play.
Portrayed by Maria-Elena Laas, her character makes you wonder what is her role in Ah Sahm's life. An actress of Puerto Rican descent, Laas was born on November 28, 1983, and raised in Saudi Arabia and Japan. After kickstarting her modeling career at 13, she has featured in several shows like ‘Grounded for Life’ and ‘Pacific Blue’. Did you know she was seen in a coffee ad for Nespresso opposite George Clooney? Well, she also has films like ‘The Hot Chick’, ‘Suffering Man's Charity’, ‘Airplane Disasters’, ‘Lunatics’, ‘Lovers and Poets’ and ‘Kill the Habit’ to her credit.
Going forward, she will also be seen in the forthcoming episodes, ‘The Chinese Connection’, ‘Not How We Do Business’ and ‘If You Don't See Blood, You Didn't Come to Play’. Will she help Ah Sahm avenge his loss to Li Yong, his sister Mai Ling's lover? Well, only time will tell.
Catch more episodes of ‘Warrior’ Season 2 as it airs on Cinemax every Friday at 10 pm ET.