Starring as one of the leads in Netflix’s comedy series Healing Power of Dude is actor Mauricio Lara and we had the opportunity to ask him some questions about his career and the show. We have watched a few episodes already and love that Healing Power of Dude does a great job at tackling a problem that many kids deal with, social anxiety disorder. The approach is done in a way that makes it more understandable for viewers and enjoy Mauricio’s character on the show.
“Healing Power of Dude” follows troubled 11-year-old Noah, who suffers with social anxiety disorder, and his two best friends Simon (Mauricio), and Amara as they prepare to start middle school. Aside from relying on his close friends, Noah also turns to his dog ‘Dude,’ a sarcastic and emotional support dog who needs Noah as much as Noah needs him. Simon (Mauricio), is one of Noah’s best friends in the series. He is known for having a big heart and caring deeply for his squad but is also known for not being one of the brightest in his circle.
BSCKids: Mauricio… tell us a bit about your character on Healing Power of Dude?
Mauricio Lara: On ‘The Healing Powers of Dude’, I play Simon. Simon is a pretty interesting and fun guy who is always there for his friends no matter what. Although he may not be the brightest one of the group he makes up for it in his charm.
Do you feel like you have anything in common with your character in real life?
I think that Simon and I are similar in the way that we care for our friends and are always there for them at any time. We’re also the funny ones in the group.
What do you feel like you have learned in doing a show that takes on social anxiety disorder?
I’ve learned so much doing this show, but I think that the most valuable thing that I have learned is that you should always look at things from both perspectives because you can help more if you understand what others are thinking and feeling.
How is your interaction been with Dude?
Working with Dude was so much fun because in between scenes we were able to play with him and his friends.
If you could also be a guest on another Netflix show what would it be and why?
‘On My Block’ would be a show that I would love to be on because it is not like many other shows that you see on TV. It talks about more relatable issues than other shows that are in a similar genre.
What is something people would be surprised to learn about you?
People would be surprised to learn that I love chess. I play chess all the time when I am not on set and I am even in the chess club at school.
You have been on a lot of shows, who do you feel like has given you the best advice in the acting field?
Being on ‘Teachers’ was the best experience for me when it came to learning things about the acting world. Not only because it was the first time I was on a TV set, but also because it taught me how to be real with my acting.
Where can we find you on social media?
Y’all can find me on Instagram @mauriciolara21.
Who do you follow on social media and why?
I follow NBA pages so that I can keep up with stats and breaking news in the basketball world.
In 10 words or less, why should people tune in to watch Healing Power of Dude?
It’s a great show the entire family will enjoy.
Do you have any other projects you want to talk about?
Not yet, but wait and see!
When Mauricio isn’t acting in front of the camera or going to school, he can be found exploring the outdoors, biking, playing video games, listening to music and is an avid chess player.
You can watch the trailer for Healing Power of Dude with Mauricio Lara below: