The Cast: Season Two
Introducing the actors who bring American Family
EDWARD JAMES OLMOS (Jess Gonzalez)
|Edward James Olmos|
Edward James Olmos portrays Jess Gonzalez, a Korean war veteran and conservative patriarch of the Gonzalez family.
Like his on-screen character, actor, producer, director and community activist Olmos was born and raised in East Los Angeles. He has appeared in numerous stage, television and feature film roles, and is perhaps most recognized for his portrayal of dedicated, real-life math teacher Jaime Escalante in "Stand and Deliver," for which he earned an Academy Award nomination.
Other film credits include "Wolfen," "The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez," "Blade Runner," and perhaps one of his most memorable roles ever, portraying Abraham Quintanilla - the strong, supportive father of singing star Selena - in the hit biographical movie "Selena." In 1992, Olmos made his directorial debut with the powerful feature film "American Me," in which he also starred. His first collaboration with AMERICAN FAMILY - JOURNEY OF DREAMS creator Gregory Nava was the landmark Latino-American drama "My Family/Mi Familia," in which he starred with Jimmy Smits and Esai Morales. Among his many other films are "Triumph of the Spirit," "Talent for the Game," "Caught" and "The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit," based on a Ray Bradbury story.
Olmos' television credits include a five-year stint as Lieutenant Martin Castillo on the hit series "Miami Vice," which garnered the actor an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award. He also was honored with a Golden Globe Award and Emmy Award nomination for his work in the 1994 HBO production "The Burning Season," the story of Brazilian political activist Chico Mendes. Olmos also portrayed Jose Menendez, the slain father of Kyle and Erik Menendez in the CBS miniseries "Menendez: A Murder in Beverly Hills," and starred in Showtime's "Twelve Angry Men," which featured an all-star cast including George C. Scott and Jack Lemmon.
Recent appearances include a guest starring role as Judge Roberto Mendoza, Supreme Court hopeful, in "The West Wing"; the title role of the 2002 NBC miniseries Steve Martini's "The Judge," for which he earned an Outstanding Actor nomination from the American Latino Media Arts Awards; the Showtime telefilms "Bonanno: A Godfather's Story," "The Princess and the Barrio Boy," and "In the Time of the Butterflies" with Salma Hayek, in which he portrayed Dominican Republic dictator Rafael Trujillo.
On stage, Olmos is best remembered for his mesmerizing performance in the dramatic musical "Zoot Suit" (1978), for which he earned a Tony Award nomination, a Los Angeles Drama Circle Award and a Theatre World award. Most recently, Olmos was awarded the Pass Award from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency for producing the domestic violence documentary "It Ain't Love." He also participated in
"Americanos, Latino Life in the USA," a multi-media event featuring a national museum tour, a documentary and book of photographs about the Latino community across America.
Olmos currently resides in Los Angeles. His birthdate is Feb. 24.
CONSTANCE MARIE (Nina Gonzalez)
Constance Marie stars as Nina Gonzalez, the beautiful and career-minded daughter often at odds with her father Jess Gonzalez.
Marie's career began when she was a teenager, dancing as part of Los Angeles' underground break-dancing scene. She was selected as one of 500 hopefuls to dance on tour with David Bowie, which led to a role in the movie "Salsa." Impressed by her performance, the film's choreographer, Steve Tisch, offered Marie her very first acting job, a starring role as Penny on the CBS series "Dirty Dancing."
It wasn't long before Marie was working in feature films. She starred as Toni Sanchez in the New Line film "My Family/Mi Familia," directed by AMERICAN FAMILY - JOURNEY OF DREAMS creator Gregory Nava, with whom Marie has worked numerous times. Working with Nava yet again, Marie garnered praise for her portrayal of Marcella Quintanilla, the mother of Tejano music legend Selena Quintanilla in the blockbuster film "Selena." Only a year older than her onscreen daughter, Marie had to undergo four hours of extensive make-up in order to portray Selena's mother. Additional film credits include the role of Yolanda, the daughter of AMERICAN FAMILY - JOURNEY OF DREAMS co-star Raquel Welch, in the celebrated film "Tortilla Soup," which received a 2002 Alma Award nomination for Outstanding Motion Picture.
In addition to AMERICAN FAMILY - JOURNEY OF DREAMS, Marie currently also stars as Angie, the hard-working and devoted wife of George Lopez on the ABC family comedy "The George Lopez Show." Marie also has appeared on television as Michael J. Fox's love interest Gabby on the hit series "Spin City," and as Gabriella Diaz on "Union Square," for which she received an Alma Award nomination for Outstanding Female Actress in a Comedy Series.
Additional television credits include the telefilm "The Underworld," opposite Kevin Pollak, and appearances in "Early Edition," "Two Guys and a Girl," "For Your Love" and "Ally McBeal," which brought Marie back to her dancing roots when she portrayed a salsa champion.
Marie currently resides in Los Angeles. Her birthdate is Sept. 9.
ESAI MORALES (Esteban Gonzalez)
Esai Morales stars as Esteban Gonzalez, the troubled son of Jess Gonzalez struggling to rebuild his life..
Currently portraying Lt. Tony Rodriguez in the Emmy Award-winning ABC drama series "NYPD Blue," Morales has accomplished what many actors can only dream of. He was awarded best actor in a television series at last year's prestigious Alma Awards and was honored as entertainer of the year at the 17th Annual Imagen Awards. In addition to his recurring role on AMERICAN FAMILY - JOURNEY OF DREAMS, Morales has inked a development deal with ABC/Touchstone; starred this past summer in the critically acclaimed off Broadway play "The Exonerated," directed by Bob Balaban; and recently finished filming a lead role in Cinematropical Pictures "Isla Bella," directed by Martia Karrel.
Born to Puerto Rican parents in Brooklyn, New York, Morales ran away from home at the age of 13 because his mother did not approve of his desire to pursue acting. He attended New York's prestigious High School for the Performing Arts while living in a group home as a voluntary ward-of-the-state. Shortly after he finished his studies, Morales debuted on stage in "El Hermano" at the Ensemble Studio Theater, and Joe Papp's production of "The Tempest" with Raul Julia for New York's Shakespeare in the Park festival. Other theater performances include "Tamer of Horses" for the Los Angeles Theater Center, for which he was awarded the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award, and Oscar Wilde's "Salome" with Al Pacino at New York's Circle in the Square Theater on Broadway.
Morales' film debut was opposite Sean Penn in the 1983 drama about youth violence, "Bad Boys." His next major film role as 50s rock musician Richie Valen's half-brother Bob in the Luis Valdez directed film "La Bamba" (1987) caught the attention of the entertainment industry and stole the hearts of audiences. "La Bamba" remains the most commercially successful Latino-themed motion picture to date.
Always conscious of maintaining positive representation of Latinos in entertainment, Morales' portrayals of ordinary men struggling under extraordinary circumstances and conflicts always rise above convention. In "Rapa Nui" (produced by Kevin Costner), Morales is chosen to represent his servant class tribe to compete in a contest for control of the island. As an Amazonian rubber tapper, he risks his life in civil disobedience in the award-winning HBO film "The Burning Season - The Chico Mendes Story" (with Raul Julia).
In the Gregory Nava film "My Family/Mi Familia," he joins an ensemble cast, which includes Jimmy Smits and Edward James Olmos, as a loving yet troubled son of a working class Mexican-American Family trying to achieve the American dream. And in "The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca," Morales is a young journalist who returns to Spain in search of the truth behind the death of the famous Spanish poet/playwright.
Describing himself as an "actorvist," Morales has combined art and activism to build bridges of understanding. In 1997 Morales co-founded the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts (NHFA), created to advance the presence and quality of Latinos in media, telecommunications and entertainment. He is a founding board member of ECO (Earth Communications Office), a global clearinghouse for environmental information. He's worked for the Wildlife Preservation Fund in Costa Rica and is active with "alternative AIDS" programs such as Alive and Well and H.E.A.L. (Health Education AIDS Liaison). In the late eighties, Morales used his heightened public profile to organize an Oscar night benefit for El Recate/The Rescue, a Central American refugee service agency. This contributed to the promotion of the concept of benefit events on the film industry's most important night of the year, which led to the current trend of Academy Award night benefits.
Morales currently resides in Los Angeles.
RAQUEL WELCH (Aunt Dora)
Raquel Welch portrays Aunt Dora, Jess Gonzalez' eccentric sister.
Born Raquel Tejada in Chicago to a Bolivian father and American mother, Welch became an instant movie star when she burst onto movie screens in the science fiction classics "Fantastic Voyage" and "One Million Years B.C." Then recognized as an international sex symbol, Welch went on to create memorable motion picture heroines in films such as "The Three Musketeers," for which she won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress; "100 Rifles;" "The Last of Sheila;" "Hannie Caulder" and "Mother, Jugs and Speed." She is perhaps best known to audiences for her dazzling performances as the roller derby queen in "Kansas City Bomber," the seductress Lillian Lust in the original "Bedazzled" and the outrageous Myra in the cult classic "Myra Breckenridge."
Most recently, Welch appeared in MGM's blockbuster hit "Legally Blonde" with Reese Witherspoon, and with Hector Elizondo and AMERICAN FAMILY - JOURNEY OF DREAMS co-star Constance Marie in the critically acclaimed comedy "Tortilla Soup."
Most recognized as a film actress, Welch made a quantum leap on to the Broadway stage where she earned critical acclaim and standing ovations with her triumphant debut as star of the hit musical "Woman Of The Year." She returned to Broadway again most recently in "Victor/Victoria."
In addition to the stage and big screen, Welch has achieved notable success in television, winning a Golden Globe nomination for her touching performance in NBC's "A Right to Die," and the Nosotros Golden Eagle Award for "The Legend of Walks Far Woman," also for NBC. She also was the subject of A&E's Biography series, "Raquel: Behind the Myth."
Welch currently resides in Los Angeles. Her birthday is Sept. 5.
KATE DEL CASTILLO (Ofelia Martinez)
|Kate del Castillo|
Kate del Castillo portrays Ofelia, Esteban's wife and newest addition to the Gonzalez family.
Del Castillo is one of Spanish language television's biggest stars. She is best known for her starring roles in eight of the most successful and highest rated telenovelas (soap operas) including "El Derecho De Nacer," "Ramona," "La Mentira," "Imperio de Cristal," "Alguna Vez Tendremos Alas," "Azul," "Muchachitas," and
"Magica Juventud." Her newest telenovela, "Bajo la Misma Piel" is presently being shown on Mexican television with incredible ratings success.
The actress started performing when she was nine years of age, starring in the movie "Sobrina del Diablo" ("The Devil's Niece). She has appeared in more than 10 feature films and has extensive theatrical stage credits, appearing most recently in the U.S. stage production of "Love Letters" alongside Argentinean actor Saul Lisazo.
Del Castillo is the daughter of legendary Mexican film icon Eric del Castillo. She currently resides in both Mexico City and Los Angeles, and her birthdate is Oct. 23.
YANCEY ARIAS (Conrado Gonzalez)
Yancey Arias portrays Conrado, a military doctor and eldest son of Jess Gonzalez.
Born and raised in New York City, Arias most recently starred in the NBC drama series "Kingpin," as Miguel Cadena, a man caught between his dangerous career choice and protecting his troubled, but loving family.
He also has appeared in guest starring roles on "CSI: Miami," "JAG," "The Sopranos," "Law & Order: SVU," "NYPD Blue," "The Division," "New York Undercover" and "Swift Justice." Arias also has starred in several movies-of-the-week, including "Blade Squad," "Educating Matt Waters" and "Dogs." On the big screen, Arias appeared in the science-fiction adventure "The Time Machine" as Toren, the leader of the tribe "Eloi." The film, directed by Simon Wells, also starred Guy Pearce and Academy Award winner, Jeremy Irons. Additional feature film credits include "Destination Unknown," "The Home Invaders," directed by Greg Wilson and executive produced by Spike Lee and Sam Kitts, and "Innocent Blood."
Arias' stage credits include two lead roles on Broadway, starring as Black in the George C. Wolfe production of "The Wild Party," opposite Toni Colette, Mandy Patinkin and Eartha Kitt, and in "Miss Saigon," starring as Thuy for six out of the ten-year run of the Broadway production.
Arias currently resides in Los Angeles. His birthdate is June 27.
RACHEL TICOTIN (Vangie Gonzalez Taylor)
Rachel Ticotin portrays Vangie, Jess Gonzalez's "Anglo" daughter.
Ticotin is a familiar face both on the big and small screens. She will soon be seen co-starring opposite Denzel Washington in Tony Scott's "Man on Fire," and was most recently seen as a regular on the FOX television series "Skin."
On the big screen, Ticotin has appeared in such films as "Con Air," "Turbulence," "Falling Down" and "Steal Big, Steal Little." She made her feature film debut as Paul Newman's girlfriend in "Fort Apache, The Bronx," and played a mysterious Martian woman opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in Paul Verhoven's "Total Recall." Additional film credits include "One Good Cop," "FX2," "Critical Condition," "Civility" and "Can't Be Heaven."
On television, prior to AMERICAN FAMILY - JOURNEY OF DREAMS she starred as a series regular on "For Love and Honor," "Ohara" and "Crime and Punishment."
Born in New York, Ticotin attended the Professional Children's School, as well as the Ballet Hispanico of New York.
Ticotin currently resides in Los Angeles.
SONIA BRAGA (Berta Gonzalez)
Sonia Braga portrays Berta Gonzalez, the loving and devoted wife of Jess Gonzalez.
After years of success in her native Brazil, Sonia Braga began making films domestically in 1969, it was not until 1977's "Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands" that she gained international screen stardom. Jack Kroll in a 1981 Newsweek review of the Cannes Film Festival said: … "this festival revealed the most life-enhancing movie star in the world to be Brazil's Sonia Braga…a woman of blazing beauty and energy who combines comic verve with courageous explicitness..."
Braga starred with Marcello Mastroiani in the Portuguese film, "Gabriela." In her first film in English, Braga rocketed to international acclaim and recognition, playing the seductive figment of William Hurt's film memory (as well as Raul Julia's girlfriend) in Hector Babenco's "Kiss of the Spider Woman" (1985). She continued her stateside success in 1988 with the comedies "Moon Over Parador" with Richard Dreyfuss for director Paul Mazursky, and "The Milagro Beanfield War" for director Robert Redford.
She was featured in numerous film and television roles throughout the 1990's, including "The Rookie" (1990) with Clint Eastwood and Charlie Sheen, and "The Burning Season" (1994), for which she teamed again with Raul Julia. Braga also starred in "Two Deaths" (1995), directed by Nicolas Roeg. She has starred in the mini-series "Streets of Laredo" (1995), "A Will Of Their Own" (1998), and appeared in the CBS series "Four Corners" (1998). Braga appeared in the Jennifer Lopez starrer "Angel Eyes" and had a recurring role of Maria on the wildly popular HBO series "Sex and the City."
Braga recently finished filming the feature film "Bride of the Sea" in Mexico. This past year she completed a co-starring role in the feature film "Testosterone," was seen in John Leguizamo's "Empire," and had a guest star appearance on the ABC-TV hit series "The George Lopez Show."
Braga has received numerous prestigious nominations for her work including: In 1976 "Best Newcomer" for "Donna Flor and Her Two Husbands" from the BAFTA Film Awards; An Emmy and Golden Globe nomination for best supporting actress in "The Burning Season" (1994); a 1989 Golden Globe nomination for best supporting actress in "Moon Over Parador;" and a 1986 Golden Globe nomination for best supporting actress for "Kiss of the Spider Woman."
Braga lives in NYC and works everywhere.
PATRICIA VELASQUEZ (Adela)
Patricia Velasquez stars as the younger version of Adela, Jess Gonzalez' grandmother.
Velasquez, a native of Maracaibo, a Western city in Venezuela, began her career at a young age, having studied dance and theater and starting out in the United States as a model. Modeling soon led to a starring role in the feature film "Le Jaguar" opposite Jean Reno. She most recently starred in "The Mummy Returns" opposite Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz as Egyptian princess Anck-Su-Namum, a role she originated in the box office hit "The Mummy." She also appeared with Heather Graham in Miramax's "Committed," and can next be seen starring opposite Val Kilmer and Christian Slater in Renny Harlin's "Mindhunters."
Additional film credits include "Beowulf" opposite Christopher Lambert, and the independent films "Eruption," opposite F. Murray Abraham; "San Bernardo;" and Ron Shelton's "No Vacancy," starring Christina Ricci. She also recently completed filming a starring role in director Alfonso Arau's "Zapata," the story of the famed Mexican revolutionary leader Emiliano Zapata. Television credits include Showtime's "Fidel" and a recurring role on the new FOX sitcom "Arrested Development."
Velasquez currently resides in New York, and is a spokeswoman for Cover Girl.
LYNN WHITFIELD (Major Hall)
|Lynn Whitfield |
Lynn Whitfield portrays Major Hall, Conrado's military superior.
Celebrated for her award-winning portrayal of the world's first black international star, Josephine Baker, in "The Josephine Baker Story" (1991), Whitfield has enjoyed a busy career in film, television, and theatre since beginning acting in the early 1980s.
Born in Baton Rouge, La., Whitfield admired Audrey Hepburn and Bette Davis as a child. After earning her bachelor's degree at Howard University, she appeared in off-Broadway productions in New York City. In the early 1980s, Whitfield received early acclaim for her role on stage in Ntozake Shange's "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf."
Throughout the next few years, Whitfield maintained an active career in films and television. She appeared with Denzel Washington in "The George McKenna Story," (1986) and co-starred with Oprah Winfrey in the acclaimed miniseries, "The Women of Brewster Place" (1989). Her feature film roles include parts in "The Slugger's Wife" (1985) and "Dead Aim" (1990).
In 1991, Whitfield catapulted to fame with her Emmy Award-winning performance in "The Josephine Baker Story," where she won the highly publicized search for the role by beating out more than 500 women worldwide. She also received an NAACP Image Award in 1992 for her role in the drama series, "Stompin' at the Savoy." Whitfield has since appeared in the Martin Lawrence comedy "A Thin Line Between Love and Hate," the ABC miniseries, "The Wedding" (1998), and the film "Eve's Bayou." Most recently Whitfield appeared in the film "Head of State" (2003), with actors Chris Rock and Bernie Mac. She is currently filming "Redemption" with Jamie Foxx about the founder of "the crips" (a Los Angeles gang), Stan "Tookie" Williams.
Whitfield resides in Los Angeles.
JESSE BORREGO (Shady)
Jesse Borrego portrays Shady, an old adversary from Esteban Gonzalez' past.
Borrego comes by an artistic temperament naturally - his father was a professional musician and his mother enjoyed dance. Growing up in Texas, an exuberant young Borrego would often enter dance competitions with his older sister. He belonged to an experimental theatre company while in college in San Antonio and landed a recurring role on "Fame" only one year after transferring to the California Institute of the Arts.
Following his run on the successful television series, Borrego amassed an impressive resume of legitimate stage work at some of the country's most prestigious venues. He starred in the title role of "Woyzeck" at New York's Public Theatre; appeared in "Green Card" at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles; "Tis Pity She's a Whore" at Chicago's Goodman Theatre; and "Leon Lena and Lenz" at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis.
Borrego's film credits include the role of Francisco Cindino in "Con Air;" the title role in TNT's "Tecumseh;" John Sayles' "Lone Star;" Allison Anders' "Mi Vida Loca;" the 1989 anthology film "New York Stories;" and the independent feature "Follow Me Home" with Benjamin Bratt and Alfre Woodard. He also starred in "Bound By Honor" directed by Taylor Hackford; the independent feature "Come and Take It Day" from director Jim Mendiola; and he turned in a funny, touching and very memorable performance as a pre-operative transsexual in director Darnell Martin's "I Like It Like That."
In addition to AMERICAN FAMILY - JOURNEY OF DREAMS, Borrego can also be seen in FOX's critically acclaimed series "24" as the mysterious, shadowy character "Gael."
Borrego currently resides in Los Angeles. His birthdate is Aug. 1.
PARKER TORRES (Cisco Gonzalez)
Parker Torres portrays Cisco, Jess Gonzalez's youngest son.
The character of Cisco marks the first starring role in a series for the young actor. Born in El Paso, Texas and raised in Las Vegas, Torres has appeared in several national commercials and made his national television debut with a guest-starring role in an episode of the Showtime series "Resurrection Blvd.," before coming to AMERICAN FAMILY - JOURNEY OF DREAMS.
Torres currently resides in Los Angeles. His birth date is July 26.
AUSTIN MARQUES (Pablito Gonzalez)
|Austin Marques with Kate del Castillo|
Austin Marques stars as Pablito, Esteban's young son.
Marques' first co-starring role was in the PBS Masterpiece Theatre's presentation of "Almost A Woman," based on the award-winning novel by Esmeralda Santiago. He has appeared as a guest star on "Navy NCIS," "Gilmore Girls," "The Division" and "Strong Medicine." He has been awarded the Latinos in Hollywood Rising Star Award in 2003, as well as a Peabody Award for his role in AMERICAN FAMILY - JOURNEY OF DREAMS. Director Gregory Nava describes Marques as "the best child actor I have ever worked with."
When not acting, Marques enjoys participating in community service events and excels in soccer, baseball and tae kwon do.
JENNY GAGO (Juana)
Jenny Gago is one of Hollywood's most versatile and respected actresses. Her powerful portrayal of the matriarch Maria Sanchez in the hit film "Mi Familia," was a critically acclaimed contribution to what Ms. Gago describes as "an honorable and poignant script."
In addition to "Mi Familia," Gago has starred in numerous feature films including: "My Gardener," "Ties That Bind," "Bound by Honor," "Under Fire" and "Nurse Betty," by acclaimed director Neil LaBute. She was honored with the Golden Eagle Award for her performance as "Garduna" in the film "Old Gringo," in which she starred with Gregory Peck and Jane Fonda. Her television films include "Grand Avenue," "Nowhere to Hide," the "Alien Nation" telefilms and "Sweet Fifteen." Ms. Gago's more recent guest starring roles have been on "Boston Public," "Family Law," "Resurrection Blvd," "Crossing Jordan," "24," "The West Wing" and "The Agency."
CAMILLE GUATY (Young Alicia)
Camille Guaty portrays the teenage version of Alicia, Nina's best friend and Conrado's teenage love interest.
Guaty came onto the scene recently and has been making her mark in both film and television. Paving the way for young Latinas, she first appeared as the feisty head cheerleader in the Disney Channel's "Gotta Kick It Up." She soon joined the cast of the WB's "Raising Dad."
Most recently, Guaty wrapped the VH1 film "30 Days Til I'm Famous," produced by Madonna's company Maverick. She landed the coveted lead role of a young girl who dreams of being a musical sensation and makes it happen. In January, Guaty began shooting her starring role in the WB's upcoming Ron Leavitt comedy "The Help," which is expected to air this spring.
Guaty has also made notable guest starring appearances on "E.R.," "What I Like About You" and "The Brother's Garcia."
MICHAEL PENA (Young Esteban)
Michael Pena portrays the teenage version of Esteban.
Michael Pena was one of the leads in Miramax's "Buffalo Soldiers" and stars opposite Orlando Bloom in the soon to be released film, "The Calcium Kid." He has appeared in Disney's film, "Gone in Sixty Seconds" and has had recurring roles on "E.R." and "Roswell." Pena also was the lead in Steven Spielberg's series "Semper Fi" and has worked on a variety of independent films such as "Love Object," "United States of Leland" and "Bellyfruit."
Most recently, Pena is one of the ensemble leads in the Independent feature "Crash," which also stars Don Cheadle, Sandra Bullock, Thandie Newton, Ludacris, Heath Ledger, Matt Dillon, and Jennifer Esposito. Pena is fluent in Spanish, plays bass guitar in the band, "The Wells," and is an exceptionally talented golfer.
NICHOLAS GONZALEZ (Young Conrado)
Nicholas Gonzalez portrays the teenage version of Conrado.
Nicholas Gonzalez starred on Showtime's "Resurrection Blvd." for three seasons. He recently completed filming "Anaconda 2" for Sony and the independent "Bride of the Sea" opposite Sonia Braga and Seymour Cassel. He also appeared in "Spun" with John Leguizamo and Jason Schwartzman, as well as "Scenes of the Crime" opposite Jeff Bridges.
Gonzalez is a native of San Antonio, Texas and a graduate of Stanford University.
ALISA REYES (Young Vangie)
Alisa Reyes portrays the teenage version of Vangie.
Alisa Reyes is best known for her role in Nickelodeon's "All That," in which she appeared for four years, and also played Marci on NBC's hit Saturday morning show "One World." Additional television credits include appearances on "Strong Medicine," "NYPD Blue," "E.R." and "Law & Order." In addition to AMERICAN FAMILY - JOURNEY OF DREAMS, Reyes recently recurred on FOX's "Boston Public" and Disney Channel's "The Proud Family" as the voice of La Cienega.
On the big screen, Reyes stars in the new independent film "Pledge of Allegiance," where she plays an edgy, outgoing feisty girl named Rachel, in a coming of age story and a lesson on life itself.
AIMEE GARCIA (Young Nina)
Aimee Garcia portrays the teenage version of Nina.
Currently, Aimee Garcia is working on Warner Bros. Television's "All About the
Andersons," a half-hour comedy starring Anthony Anderson and John Amos.
Last season, Garcia starred in the WB's "Greetings From Tucson," as "Maria," a feisty high school cheerleader known as much for her style as her smarts. The versatile Garcia also appeared in last season's ABC one-hour drama, "MDs," playing "Gina," a love interest to John Hannah's maverick surgeon.
Garcia began her career in Chicago, where she won Tribune's "Best Actress" award for her portrayal of "Maria" in the immigrant saga "Journey of the Sparrows." She also starred in "Island of the Blue Dolphins," which was nominated for seven Joseph Jefferson Awards. Garcia later combined her singing and dancing talents to play the hot-blooded Puerto Rican "Diana Morales" in Northwestern University's "A Chorus Line," directed by Broadway choreographer Mitzi Hamilton.
LUIS ROBLEDO (Young Shady)
Luis Robledo portrays the teenage version of Shady.
Luis landed his first TV acting job while attending The New England Conservatory of Music in Boston as a Jazz Studies major. Through a series of chance events, he booked a lead role in the ABC after-school special, In the Shadow of Love: A teen AIDS story. The acting bug bit hard and within a year, Luis dropped out of music school and became one of the founding members of the critically acclaimed, Boston-based actors' company, The Harrison Project. After five years of theater and study, he made his move to L.A. Since then, Luis has appeared on The X-Files and Six Feet Under. Most recently, Luis guest-stars on The Shield as "Otilio Ramirez." He plays the role of "Ace" in the yet-to-be-released, independent ensemble drama, Havoc, written and directed by Oscar winners, Stephen Gaghan and Barbara Kopple, respectively. Luis currently resides in L.A. with his faithful pit bull companion, Dexter Gordon. Yes, like the Jazz musician.