The Family: Alfonso Herrera, Olga Merediz, Judy Reyes
Alfonso Herrera. Poised to breakout with American audiences in 2022, Mexican actor Alfonso Herrera will be returning to Netflix as a series regular in the EMMY, SAG and WGA award winning series, Ozark, as the quick triggered, charismatic and dangerous ‘Javi Elizzondro.’ along side Jason Bateman and Laura Linney.
Herrera was previously best known in the States for his work on Netflix’s Sense8 as ‘Hernando Fuentes,’ as ‘Father Thomas,’ the lead of FOX’s reimagining of The Exorcist, and as ‘Javier Jimenez’ in USA’s cult series, Queen of the South. Before his introduction to American audiences, he began his career in Mexico two decades ago with Televisa’s Clase 406 and one of Latin America’s most iconic series, Univision’s Rebelde.
On the film side, Herrera won Best Actor at Mexico’s Ariel Awards in 2021 for his starring role in Netflix’s “Dance of the 41.” He also starred in the political satire “The Perfect Dictatorship,” Mexico’s top grossing film of 2014, and appeared in “The Chosen” .
Besides acting, Alfonso’s support is the first Mexican to be appointed a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the UN’s refugee agency.
Olga Merediz is an Award-winning actor and humanitarian whose career spans over four decades. Best known for her critically acclaimed work as Abuela Claudia in the Warner Bros, Jon M. Chu screen adaptation of Lin Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights, a role she originated and was Tony® nominated for on Broadway in 2008, she is a force to be reckoned with on both stage and screen. Olga’s portrayal of Abuela Claudia has earned her universal critical praise being called “a showstopper,” “moving,” “a definitive standout,” “big-hearted” and “breathtaking.”
Olga is a 2007 Drama Desk Award winner for “Outstanding Ensemble Performance” for her role in the Off-Broadway run of In the Heights and a 2007 Hola Award winner for “Outstanding Performance by a Featured Female Actor.” In 2008, Olga earned a Tony Award nomination for “Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical.”
In addition to Heights, other notable work includes the films Godmothered, The Place Beyond the Pines, Top Five, Fugly! The Angriest Man in Brooklyn and more. On Television, Olga can currently be seen recurring on such shows as Diary of a Future President, Law & Order: SVU and Bull. Other Television credits include the SKY1 action-comedy Bounty Hunters, the Emmy award-winning Netflix series Orange is the New Black, the Emmy Award nominated series Brooklyn Nine-Nine and many, many more. Born in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and raised in Puerto Rico, Olga is also currently developing a pilot and a documentary based on her childhood experiences. She resides in NYC and is a passionate advocate for animals, devoting her free time to volunteering with and fostering orphaned dogs and cats.
Judy Reyes is a Dominican-American actress born in the Bronx. Best known for her role as “Carla” in the iconic television show Scrubs and the role of “Zoila” on Lifetime’s hit show Devious Maids. Judy currently stars as “Quiet Ann” on the hit TNT series, Claws. Recurring roles include: “Lala on FX’s Better Things, “Dina” on the CW’s Jane the Virgin, “Ramona” on Netflix’s One Day at a Time, “Deb” on the TBS series Search Party, ‘Irene Vega’ on Bravo’s Dirty John, and “Eva” on HBO’s Succession. She has also appeared in such films as Gun Hill Road and The Circle and Netflix’s All Together Now, which premieres August 28th. Reyes has worked extensively in television, theater and film for the last 20 years and remains a founding member of NYC’s Labyrinth Theater Company.
Reyes is thrilled to be expanding her role in Hollywood by executive-producing an animated video series entitled LaGolda. Sponsored by UnitedHealthcare’s “Do Good. Live Well.” initiative, LaGolda which tells the story of an eight-year-old Latina orphan who uses soccer to bring awareness to a variety of social and environmental issues with the goal of engaging kids to take action and give back to their communities. Inspired by the animation, Reyes and its creator, George Valencia, started the Sound of Gol Foundation, whose mission is to build strong leaders for tomorrow through the game of soccer.