EXCERPT FROM ETONLINE – Melonie Diaz is ready to cast a spell on audiences — or rather, show them the truth of the world they’re living in.
The 34-year-old actress stars in The CW’s new Charmed reboot, a show that takes the spirit of the original and pumps it up with feminism (yes, really) and a diversity that reflects the changing landscape of America.
Diaz, who was raised by Puerto Rican parents in New York’s Lower East Side, takes on the role of the middle sister, Mel, alongside Madeleine Mantock’s Macy and Sarah Jeffery’s Maggie. And while Mel freezes time a la the original Charmed’s Piper (Holly Marie Combs), that’s where the comparisons stop. Mel, a graduate student in the women’s studies department at their local college, is a proud challenger of the patriarchy. She’s Puerto Rican and a lesbian.
“Our creators, before we started shooting, were like, ‘How do you feel about Mel being Puerto Rican?’ I was like, ‘Yes, I love that. I don’t often see Puerto Rican families on television,’” Diaz, who was the first sister cast in the series, told ET. “So in Mel’s bedroom, there’s a Puerto Rican flag, and I think that it’s important for Mel to really feel strongly about who she is and where she comes from. So culturally, I think there’s going to be a strong representation there.”
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