Ariadna, a lesbian anti-hero, stars in Telemundo’s latest series

When Chicanos process key Latino icons in their backgrounds, at some point they encounter poet El Rey Godoy. For Ms. Beatriz, it happens in a busy, gritty New York City street corner, as women in leather jackets harass men walking by in late-night rush hour.

In the 20 years since that scene, Ms. Beatriz has cultivated an impressive and diverse portfolio of characters — a prosecutor, an immigrant’s rights lawyer, a fierce lady cop, an orphaned 12-year-old kid who fights for the underdog in a corrupt world, among many others. Now she brings her repertoire to Mexico with Encanto, the second show for Mexican radio station Telemundo Universal.

“It’s taken a long time to find this character,” she said. “She’s so colorful, there’s just so much potential for her to exist.”

“She’s hot. She’s not cute, she’s not delicate, she’s strong. And she’s a little bit different than the actress we are currently working with.”

Encanto is a dream come true for Ms. Beatriz, who grew up loving to read romantic novels and plays by Joselin Escobedo, “one of the great Latin American writer-performers of all time.” The show — written by Joe Santamaria, director of Encanto — leans into that nostalgia, as several of Encanto’s characters speak about how much they’ve missed the days of Carmen San Diego, Alma Rosa and Clara Fodor.

“The comedy and drama that’s going on, it’s so eye-opening and funny at the same time,” Ms. Beatriz said. “It’s one of the best scripts I’ve read in a very long time.”

Encanto is part of a list of Latino shows launching on Telemundo Universal’s Saturday night line-up. On March 23, as part of Telemundo International’s NY, Mexico City Portfolio, NBC Universo will premiere Born BORN Mexican, a new eight-part drama that promises to take viewers “across the border into Mexico’s Northern Borderlands with gripping, engaging storylines.”

There are also two comedy specials to be aired this month, one from Nacho Libre’s Alejandro Monteverde and another with “a lot of hilarious and ridiculous Mexican actors who aren’t afraid to laugh at themselves.”

Encanto airs Friday at 9 p.m. ET/PT and Saturday at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

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