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Netflix’s ‘Gentefied’ Cast On The Latinx American Dream

Netflix's 'Gentefied' Cast On The Latinx American Dream

There’s no other way to put it: Gentefied is a gem of a television show. Written by Marvin Lemus and Linda Yvette Chávez (who’d never even set foot in a writers room before they pitched the Latinx dramedy for the first time), the show is about Boyle Heights, a Latinx neighborhood east of downtown Los Angeles, and an epicenter of Mexican culture and community in the United States.

Like in the IRL Boyle Heights, the show’s characters are all immigrants trying to navigate a very white Los Angeles while also honoring their heritage and family value as their neighborhood gentrifies and rents go up. If it sounds like real life, that’s because it is — according to its creators, the show is largely autobiographical.

“For a long time, for our fathers and the older generations before us, to chase the ‘American Dream’ meant having to assimilate,” Lemus told Bustle in a recent interview. “But of course, there’s always the push and pull, and that’s been so much of what we want to really dig into with the show.”

The cast of Gentefied stopped by the Bustle Booth recently to discuss their perception of the American Dream — what it means to them, personally, and how it inspires them to act their characters on the show. They also discuss community, gentrification, and growing up in white environments — all topics that are inherent to the plot of Gentefied.

And, according to Lemus, that’s…

Netflix’s ‘Gentefied’ Discuss What The American Dream Means For Latinx People

There’s no other way to put it: Gentefied is a gem of a television show. Written by Marvin Lemus and Linda Yvette Chávez (who’d never even set foot in a writers room before they pitched the Latinx dramedy for the first time), the show is about Boyle Heights, a Latinx neighborhood east of downtown Los Angeles, and an epicenter of Mexican culture and community in the United States.



Netflix’s ‘Gentefied’ Cast On The Latinx American Dream

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