Eugenio Derbez knew he had to be the one to change what was shown on TV.
Growing up with shows like “Gilligan’s Island”, “The Love Boat” and “The Beverly Hillbillies”, the Mexican actor wanted to bring a part of his life to the television screen.
The Apple TV + series premieres on Friday, October 8.
The comedy series follows 20-year-old Máximo Gallardo, played by Enrique Arrizon, whose dream comes true when he gets his life’s job as a cabin boy in Las Colinas, Acapulco’s hottest resort. However, he soon realizes that the position is far more complicated than he had imagined and that in order to be successful he must learn to navigate a demanding clientele, a mercurial mentor and a complicated family life, while avoiding the shortcuts and temptations.
Derbez says that the authentically Mexican wellness story, which is told in Spanish and English, takes place in Acapulco at its peak, in 1984. Derbez narrates and plays the current version of the main character, Gallardo, who is now a billionaire living in Malibu, California.
As the elder Gallardo tells the story of his youth to his nephew, Hugo, played by Raphael Alejandro, it serves as a warning to the young boy as he learns about the tough choices and decisions made by Gallardo, including many still haunt him today. , despite all its outward signs of success.
Gallardo’s ambition to succeed is fueled by his pure-hearted determination to carve out a better life for himself and his family. His father having passed away, he protects his sister, Sara, played by Regina Reynoso, and his hard-working mother, Nora, played by Vanessa Bauche.
Nora’s eyesight starts to fade and Gallardo wants to make sure they can afford the medical attention she desperately needs.
Alongside Máximo in Las Colinas, his best friend, Memo, played by Fernando Carsa, relegated to work in the laundry room alongside housekeeper Lupe, played by Regina Orozco; Gallardo’s crush Julia is played by Camila Perez, an aspiring front desk fashion designer who dates hotel general manager Chad, played by Chord Overstreet; CEO and hotel owner and Chad’s mother Diane, played by Jessica Collins; Longtime Las Colinas COO and Gallardo’s mentor Don Pablo, played by Damián Alcázar; and the shed boy Hector, played by Rafael Cebrián.
Arrizon was delighted to be able to play young Gallardo.
“It was a great opportunity to be chosen by (Eugenio), and it’s a dream come true,” said Arrizon. “It was hard for me to adapt, but that was the character for me. I went to Puerto Vallarta not knowing it was going to be a really huge production. When I got there the atmosphere was amazing. Did you know that they changed the color of the whole hotel, just to make it look more 80s? They really paid attention to the details.
Arrizon also had the chance to travel to the 1980s on the set.
“I wasn’t born until a decade later,” he laughs. “I had long discussions with my mom, dad and grandparents about how Acapulco was around this time.”
Derbez says he wants the audience to have fun with the show.
It was important for him to show the other side of Mexico, his country of origin.
“In the 1980s, Acapulco was famous for being the hottest spot in the whole world,” says Derbez. “People from all over the world have been there – royalty, politicians, Hollywood stars. This was the place to be in the 80’s. There were a lot of wild party stories that were there. I wanted the show to be fun but also to have heart. It’s a series that brings the whole family together, and they can watch it together. It is a story full of values of love, friendship, romance and introspection. People are going to like it. “