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Car­los Mi­randa is an ac­tor known for his roles in “War­rior” and “The Bling Ring.” Now, he plays Johnny Sanchez on Starz’s crit­i­cally ac­claimed drama se­ries “Vida,” whose sec­ond sea­son is cur­rently be­ing de­vel­oped. “It’s about two sis­ters, who ba­si­cally dis­cover, after their mother passed away, that she was a les­bian,” Mi­randa elab­o­rated. “Aside from that, she also left them a fam­ily bar that’s in huge debt. While be­ing in town and try­ing to find out a solution, both of them are try­ing to face and deal with many is­sues like love, trust, be­trayal, sex­u­al­ity, iden­tity, fam­ily, etc.”

And in­deed it de­liv­ers, with many crit­ics prais­ing “Vida” for its strong cast, uni­ver­sal theme and au­then­tic­ity. As a mat­ter of fact, it re­ceived a 100-per­cent rat­ing on Rot­ten Toma­toes. “My char­ac­ter is a good guy from the neigh­bor­hood. He’s a me­chanic who runs his dad’s shop. He has a won­der­ful fi­ancé and baby on the way,” Mi­randa ex­plained. “But then again, he has a rich his­tory with Lyn [Melissa Bar­rera], and it causes him to make some ir­re­spon­si­ble choices.”

Mi­randa has also com­pleted a 15-min short thriller film ti­tled “End Trip,” which he wrote, di­rected, pro­duced and starred in. “It’s pretty much about a not-so­good rideshare trip and I play as a chatty pas­sen­ger who opens and closes the story,” he said. He also landed a star­ring role in the com­edy film “Se­nior Mo­ment” along­side Christo­pher Lloyd and Wil­liam Shat­ner. Look­ing to the fu­ture, he wants to con­tinue try­ing his hands at di­rect­ing. Then Mi­randa dis­closed: “As a mat­ter of fact, I’m pre­par­ing for di­rect­ing another short movie that I wrote, sooner than later, hope­fully.”

Jacket by COS; hoodie and pants by Vince; glasses by Leisure So­ci­ety

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