Cast & Characters


We first meet ELAINE as a happy & quirky 9-year-old Brooklyn-bred Puerto Rican girl living in the welfare projects. Elaine's world will come crashing down. Her teenage journey from shame to self-love will inspire all.

Introducing Summer Rose Castillo. Summer Rose is a Bronx born Puerto Rican actress who also stars in the upcoming PBS Kids/Fred Rogers production animated series, Alma's Way.


ELIZABETH (25, Latina) is Carmen's sister and Elaine's Aunt. She was diagnosed with Cerebral Hypoxia at a young age which caused her brain damage. Elizabeth's mental age will never surpass that of an eight-year-old. She and Elaine have been friends forever, but as Elaine ages out of her innocence, Elizabeth will feel like a burden to Elaine.

Gabriela Amerth is a multidisciplinary artist originally from Brazil. She started acting when she was 11, and says Theatre saved her life. She received her Bachelor's degree in Dramatic Arts in 2016 and also studied at New York's legendary Neighborhood Playhouse. Gabriela won several awards with her first micro short "A N X I E T Y", which was selected to festivals both in the US and in Berlin.


Ana is Elaine’s big half-sister and the oldest of Carmen’s four kids. Ana is the smartest girl in her family, and her entire school district. Ana serves as both an inspiration, and a tough act to follow to her little sister Elaine.

Kimora Cuadrado is from the South Bronx. She is excited to make her acting debut in Brownsville Bred. She has been studying acting since the age of seven and previously worked on the podcast Pants on Fire.

Maria Isabel

Maria Isabel is 15 years-old (going on 30) and born and bred in Puerto Rico. She is Elaine's older cousin and a wild child. She steals cars, smokes and is obsessed with her boyfriend Pedro. But Pedro's pregnant girlfriend is not too happy about it. Maria Isabel only speaks Spanish, except when she is singing English language pop songs.


MANNY (30) has a heart of gold. He is originally from Puerto Rico. He arrived in NYC (ten years ago) to pursue a career in Salsa music, but instead, he fell in love with Carmen--a single mother of three and is working as a janitor at a public school.

Javier Muñoz is an actor and activist whose impressive body of work spans theater, film and television. Javier is best known for starring as "Alexander Hamilton” in the cultural-phenomenon musical HAMILTON on Broadway for two years, after Lin-Manuel Miranda departed the show (and was his alternate prior to that).  He got his break starring as “Usnavi” in IN THE HEIGHTS on Broadway, also created by Miranda.  Javier currently stars in the dark comedy indie feature, MONUMENTS. On the TV sides, he’s appeared on Shadowhunters, Blindspot and Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. Recent theater credits include THE NEW ENGLANDERS at MTC and the starring role in the North American premiere of Stephen Lloyd Helper’s A SIGN OF THE TIMES.  He will soon voice a lead character in the Disney Jr. animated series, Eureka! Javier is also an outspoken activist for LGBTQ+ rights and a Global Ambassador for (RED), which fights to end HIV/AIDS. Muñoz was honored with the prestigious OUT100 "Breakout of the Year" award in 2016, as well as the Howard Ashman Award by the Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC). Javier now serves on the Board of GMHC.


Puerto Rican chain-smoking ABUELA is Carmen's mentally abusive mother (Elaine's grandmother). She constantly disparages people. Abuela lives in the same housing project as Elaine. All, but one of her eleven children, left her household before age 18…the one child left is Elizabeth, who is disabled. Abuela has always taken special care of Elizabeth and accepts that she will have to do so for the rest of her life.

Susanna Guzman is an Emmy nominated actress for her role in The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. She has also enjoyed roles on New Amsterdam, Pose, The Deuce, and Power.


Danny is Elaine’s half-brother and is closest in age to Elaine. Danny looks up to his older and tougher brother, Ben. He's always playing sports and has a natural talent for baseball. Danny is very likable and smart.

Neo Vela is a seasoned performer who has appeared on Comedy Central, in political advertisements, on stage at the Count Basie Theatre and several school plays. A 2020 FAMA Model of the Year award winner, Neo recently voiced the character of Felix, a new streaming series currently in production, and was able to use his bilingual skills for the role of Junior, soon to appear in Alma's Way, a new PBS animated series.


Abuelita is Elaine's paternal grandmother in Puerto Rico. She loves Manny and Elaine more than anything. She thinks her son can do no wrong and blames Carmen for Manny's past drug problem. Abuelita is a pentecostal church-goer. Although she seems very sweet, she does have her fierce side.


CARMEN (31) is Elaine's Mom. As fertile as they come—She's a Brooklyn-bred Puerto Rican Erin Brockovich. A loving and fiercely protective mother of four. Forced to raise her kids alone, Carmen will fight for a better life.

Karina Ortiz credits include NBC's Do No Harm, Blue Bloods, Royal Pains, Turn: Washington's Spies and more. She is known for her recurring role as Margarita on Orange Is The New Black and her role playing Lupita in Nat Geo's The Long Road Home garnered her a 2018 Imagen Awards nomination.


Ben is Elaine's oldest half-brother. “Rough around the edges” in comparison to his siblings. A joker. If he studied the craft of stand-up comedy, Ben might be the next Eddie Murphy— but Ben doesn’t study. Though he teases his siblings, Ben is fiercely protective of his family.

Kevin Chacon is an actor who is best known for playing the role of Vido Arocho in the Marvel series Jessica Jones. On Nickelodeon, he voices the main role of Santiago in the series Santiago of the Seas.


Goji is Manny's supplier. He is sly and dangerous. Goji has worked the streets since he was a kid. He did some time at Ryker's Island prison and came out even more determined to run his Brownsville streets. Goji will offer Elaine money in exchange for hiding his guns.

Pierre Jean Gonzalez is a stage, film and television actor, and singer. He is currently portraying the role of Alexander Hamilton in the National North American Philip Tour of Hamilton. A recent Best Actor winner of NBC’s 2nd Annual Nosotros Ya Tu Sabes Monologue Slam, Credits include NCIS:NOLA, FBI, Gotham, The Mysteries of Laura, The Detour and P.O.S.E. & Broadway's In The Heights.