“I always dreamt about of coming to Hollywood and having an amazing character in a great TV show,” Deadly Class’ María Gabriela de Faría reveals in today’s episode of Deadline’s Next Generation TV. “And it happened!”
After a career in front of the camera in Latin America from a young age, de Faría showed America and the rest of the world her considerable chops this year playing trained assassin Maria Salazar on Deadly Class. Executive produced by the Russo Brothers, the Syfy series created by Rick Remender and Miles Feldsott and based on the widely acclaimed 1980s-set comic from Rememder and Wes Craig is about an academy for legacy and misfit teen killers.
As well as deftly playing a strong and yes sometimes murderous Latinx character in the first season of the series on the NBCUniversal-owned channel, Nickelodeon vet de Faría told me about how she unexpectedly discovered an audience that found their own outlet to discuss issues of mental health through her on-screen Maria.
“I felt ashamed, or I felt like I had a weakness with my own mental health,” the actor said of her own anxieties. “But with Maria, and having that representation on TV, people were more open to talk about it and share their experiences, and made me talk about. So, that was a surprise and became my favorite part of the show.”
While there hasn’t yet been an official renewal for a Season 2, de Faría says one of her primary desires for more of the show is to continue focusing on mental health with fans and a wider audience.
For more of our conversation, take a look at the video above.
We’ll be back with another new Next Generation TV next week, but in the meantime you may also want to check out my April 30 chat with The Red Line stars Emayatzy Corinealdi & Noel Fisher here.
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