Like in “In the Heights” (“En el Barrio”), the mexican actress Melissa barrera proudly raises his flag in this film adaptation of the Broadway musical about residents of a Latin neighborhood in New York.
“I have always sailed with my Mexican flag held high. I am very proud to be Mexican“Said Barrera in a recent virtual conversation about the premiere of the film, which is shown in theaters and on the streaming platform HBO Max. “Mexicans are going to see this movie and they are going to see their stories and that they feel validated, that they feel that they can also raise their flag and shout and feel proud of where they are”.
In the film, the 30-year-old actress plays Vanessa, a lonely girl who works in a beauty salon as she dreams of leaving the neighborhood and becoming a fashion designer. Usnavi, the grocer who starred in the film played by Puerto Rican-American actor Anthony Ramos, is in love with her.
“Vanessa is badass, Vanessa has survived a lot in her life and Melissa has all of that.“Miranda said in the same conversation about his choice for the role. “And it was also a super match (good couple) for Anthony Ramos”.