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Justina Machado

Justina Machado

Justina Machado

Justina Machado

Justina Machado, star of ABC’s hit sitcom Black-ish and co-founder of the Black-ish youth outreach non-profit Future Moms of America, speaks with Inc. about her entrepreneurship journey, her TV show, and ABC’s decision to tackle race on the small screen.

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Justina Machado grew up in Chicago, but experienced a mixture of cultures as both of her parents were born in Puerto Rico. That blend helped color Machado's early career and even guided her to work in Latino acting groups in her home of Chicago. In the early '90s, she moved out of Chicago, eventually winding up in California where she started her acting career in earnest. Starting in 1996, she made numerous appearances on TV shows ranging from "NYPD Blue" (ABC 1993-2005) to "Angel" (The WB 1999-2004). Her film debut was in the Sean Penn-starring "She's So Lovely" (1997). All of that experience led to Machado joining the cast of "Six Feet Under" (HBO 2001-05) as Vanessa Diaz, a character who started off as recurring but wound up being a main character in later seasons. After "Six Feet Under" ended, she went back to appearing in smaller roles on the big and small screen, including "Torque" (2004), "I Think I Love My Wife" (2007), and "ER" (NBC 1994-2009) - a show that she had guest-starred on in an early season. While her recurring role on "ER" ended, she starred in the short-lived medical drama "Three Rivers" (CBS 2009-2010). After a few more years of one-off roles across TV shows like "Desperate Housewives" (ABC 2004-2012) and movies like "The Purge: Anarchy" (2014), Machado landed a recurring role on "Jane the Virgin" (The CW 2014- ) as Darci Factor. That quickly led to Machado starring as matriarch Penelope Alvarez on the critically adored sitcom "One Day at a Time" (Netflix 2017- ).

For one, it was a much-needed quarantine distraction for the “One Day at a Time” star that required neither the patience of making sourdough bread nor the quirkiness common to viral sensations. “It sounded exciting, the idea of learning things I’ve never done before,” says Machado, 48. “Like a lot of people right now, I was feeling very depressed, and there’s so many things happening in the world and so many things we wish we could do and can’t — this couldn’t have come at a better time. And I love old Hollywood — love, love, love old movies and old musicals. And I’m always like, ‘Oh, I wish I was acting in that time.’ But if I was, I’d be playing Lupe the house maid. I wouldn’t be dancing with Fred Astaire.” (Source: www.latimes.com)

Time

Justina Machado grew up in Chicago, but experienced a mixture of cultures as both of her parents were born in Puerto Rico. That blend helped color Machado's early career and even guided her to work in Latino acting groups in her home of Chicago. In the early '90s, she moved out of Chicago, eventually winding up in California where she started her acting career in earnest. Starting in 1996, she made numerous appearances on TV shows ranging from "NYPD Blue" (ABC 1993-2005) to "Angel" (The WB 1999-2004). Her film debut was in the Sean Penn-starring "She's So Lovely" (1997). All of that experience led to Machado joining the cast of "Six Feet Under" (HBO 2001-05) as Vanessa Diaz, a character who started off as recurring but wound up being a main character in later seasons. After "Six Feet Under" ended, she went back to appearing in smaller roles on the big and small screen, including "Torque" (2004), "I Think I Love My Wife" (2007), and "ER" (NBC 1994-2009) - a show that she had guest-starred on in an early season. While her recurring role on "ER" ended, she starred in the short-lived medical drama "Three Rivers" (CBS 2009-2010). After a few more years of one-off roles across TV shows like "Desperate Housewives" (ABC 2004-2012) and movies like "The Purge: Anarchy" (2014), Machado landed a recurring role on "Jane the Virgin" (The CW 2014- ) as Darci Factor. That quickly led to Machado starring as matriarch Penelope Alvarez on the critically adored sitcom "One Day at a Time" (Netflix 2017- ).

For one, it was a much-needed quarantine distraction for the “One Day at a Time” star that required neither the patience of making sourdough bread nor the quirkiness common to viral sensations. “It sounded exciting, the idea of learning things I’ve never done before,” says Machado, 48. “Like a lot of people right now, I was feeling very depressed, and there’s so many things happening in the world and so many things we wish we could do and can’t — this couldn’t have come at a better time. And I love old Hollywood — love, love, love old movies and old musicals. And I’m always like, ‘Oh, I wish I was acting in that time.’ But if I was, I’d be playing Lupe the house maid. I wouldn’t be dancing with Fred Astaire.” (Source: www.latimes.com)

 

 

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