During the TV pilot season, “Cristela” was dubbed “the little show that could,” and after pitch meetings and a green light from ABC, the fall’s most talked about family sitcom is finally here.
Cristela Alonzo, the sitcom’s co-executive producer, co-creator, writer and star, still can’t believe she will get the opportunity to share her story and her voice on the small screen.
“I tell people if it’s not a long shot, it’s not Alonzo,” she told Fusion’s Alicia Menendez in an interview. “My entire life has been trying to prove people wrong.”
Alonzo has been very open and honest about her long road to success including the guilt she felt when she left home to pursue her dream in comedy and her depression and alcohol abuse after the passing of her mother.
“She passed before she saw…the dream and after that nothing will ever hurt me as much as that did,” Alonzo told Menendez. “That was the lowest point in my life–to lose the the person that sacrificed everything for you to be here and not see it happen–that’s probably the most painful thing you can experience.”
Alonzo’s family is definitely at the heart of the sitcom, inspiring both character arcs and story lines. With the series premiere now here, “long shot Alonzo” is ready to share her story on screen with an audience that’s ready for a good, old-fashion family sitcom.
For the full interview with Cristela Alonzo, watch here:
Credit: Claudia Pou, Alicia Menendez, Victoria Moreno and Johanna Rojas