In the show Friends with Better Lives, Majandra Delfino gets to tackle the age-old question that many deal with: is the grass truly greener on the other side? The 33-year-old mother of two, who was born in Venezuela to a Cuban mother and Venezuelan father, stars alongside James Van Der Beek, Kevin Connolly and Brooklyn Decker in the new CBS comedy. We caught up with the actress to talk about her character, how she tries to balance motherhood and career and why she thinks Latinas still have more to overcome in Hollywood.
Can you tell us a bit about your character?
Basically, I play myself. [laughs] I play a fantastic, fantastic character named Andi. We have such similar lives – we live in the same neighborhood, we’re married, she’s a mom with a 1 ½ year old baby and another baby on the way. She has a very sweet relatable relationship with her husband… she compares herself to her friends to see who’s doing “better,” but they’re in the weeds, as they say. They can’t see the amazing life they have in comparison to their friends sometimes.
What are some of the differences between you and your character?
She’s the more normal version of me, I guess. [laughs] She’s not married to an actor [Delfino is married to actor David Walton] but is married to a doctor [played by Kevin Connolly] who was her high school sweetheart and she’s a bit nicer than me… more accommodating.
What’s been the common thread between the characters you play? Is there one character that was the least like you?
I’ve never played a character that was exactly like me, but I’d say for me [Maria DeLuca] on Roswell was definitely the most different. She just had so much energy and I had to have copious amounts of coffee to have that energy and that hysteria that she had.
What drew you to this character or series?
I would say the most important thing is getting to bring a realistic female point of view to a woman character. A lot of times you get something one-dimensional or you get the complete opposite to what a traditional female character is – and you end up with something that is super raunchy or rebellious that tries to make a statement. But, I think it’s something that doesn’t have to be one or the other. You can be a realistic character on TV and not be boring. I think it’s doing a service to people to have these characters that are interesting but are grounded in reality.
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