Comedy, family, and the Latino experience across generation is the core of NBC’s Lopez Vs. Lopez. Ahead of Episode 8, Selenis Leyva, who plays Rosie, Mayan’s mother and George’s ex-wife. In the exclusive featurette above, Leyva offered her perspective on the series and how this week’s special guest star – Rita Moreno – and her character naturally fit well on the new episode of Lopez Vs. Lopez, airing Friday, January 6th at 8 pm ET.
Lopez Vs. Lopez is in full swing, and with Season 1 Episode 8, the Lopez home is disturbed by an evil spirit. To remove it, the family enlists a curandero (Cheech Marin) who tells them the house isn’t haunted; it’s George! The ghost of his grandmother (Rita Moreno) is hell-bent on righting a past wrong and will keep throwing chanclas at his big head until he does it.
Rita Moreno joins the cast as George’s late Grandma Dolores, a feisty spirit on a mission to make her grandson George do right by her, one way or another. Whether it’s smacking him with her chancla or her razor-sharp tongue, she’s here to get things straight with George, whether he likes it or not. But Moreno isn’t the only guest this week, Cheech Marin will be playing Carlos, a curandero invited into the Lopez home to help them with an uninvited spirit. He is an all-knowing, all-powerful conduit between the supernatural and the temporal worlds. He’s both mystical and magnetic. He’s also modern, he takes bitcoin! Carlos is a straight shooter; tell it like it is shaman who can not only diagnose a ghost, but can clean up the scene if you need him to.
Leyva is best known for her co-starring role on the Netflix hit series “Orange Is the New Black” and in the Disney+ original “Diary of a Future President.” For her work on the latter, she won a 2021 Gracie Award, which honors standout women in entertainment and news programming that addresses timely topics and social issues.