EXCLUSIVE: Josh Segarra Talks ‘Sirens’ & Puerto Rican Heritage

EXCLUSIVE: Josh Segarra Talks ‘Sirens’ & Using His Native Tongue on the Show

You guys had a lot of chemistry on screen.

Yeah, and I think it only gets better. It only gets stronger, so that’s going to be pretty fun. I love working with Emily — she’s the best.

MORE: The 15 best Latino characters on television.

Great! So you’re of Puerto Rican descent, and you’re fluent in Spanish. You got to speak and even sing in Spanish. What was that like?

It’s fun! I love getting that chance to be able to speak in my native tongue. I like doing that, and Bob [Fisher] (executive producer) is always really supportive. He told me verbatim, “Any chance you have when you can kind of just shout some stuff in Spanish — just do it.”

I love doing that stuff! Those little things that make it very personal. Those little things that make it very, very me. I get to bring a part of me into the character and a part of my culture into it, so that’s always really fun! Nobody else is speaking Spanish on the damn show, so I might as well try it a little bit.

And you’ve done musical theatre before, right?

Yeah I did. I did a Broadway show called Lysistrata Jones, and I did another off-Broadway show called Dog Fight at Second Stage. I grew up in the theatre. I grew up singing in church. I grew up singing at school. That’s how I started.

But it’s funny, because people have asked me to sing, but I’m not a singer. I know singers. I know people that can wail. I know people with one-of-a-kind voices. My mom thinks I’m the best singer in the world, and my aunts think I’m Andrea Bocelli. They think I’m a stud. But that’s as far as that goes, I like to keep that in the rear. I can hold a few notes, and I can sell it. But, it’s not what I lead with. Any chance I get on the show to sing a jingle, I will. That’s what’s fun about singing to me —  making people laugh with it. 

Now what do you like to do in your free time when you’re not so busy?

I’m kind of a hermit crab. I was laughing, because [the cast] was all watching the premiere, and everyone was sending pictures to each other. So, everybody is at a party, and my picture was me, my girl, my sister and my dog!

I like to be at home. I’m watching The Wire right now — that’s my project! I have to get through all five seasons of that. Other than that, I’m kind of a chill dude. Going out gets you in trouble, you know? I like to be out of trouble. I like to stay home and chill.

Read more on page 3 >>>