Paulina Chávez plays Ashley Garcia on The Expanding Universe of Ashley Garcia and after getting hte opportunity to watch a few of the episodes, we knew that we wanted to talk to her about the show.
The Expanding Universe of Ashley Garcia – When Ashley Garcia — the world’s only 15-and-a-half-year-old robotics genius engineer and rocket scientist — gets the chance to work for a prestigious company, she moves across the country to live with her fun-loving Uncle Victor, a pro football player turned high school coach who’s never met a responsibility he can’t shirk. The multi-cam comedy series is co-created by Mario Lopez and Seth Kurland.
The Expanding Universe of Ashley Garcia has an empowering story with Paulina Chávez as the superstar female lead that brings diversity and representation with a wonderful story.
BSCKids: We loved watching you in The Expanding Universe of Ashley Garcia, tell us how you got the job?
Paulina Chávez: I submitted a taped audition for the role & was asked to test for the project. Then I got the exciting call, then I booked it!
Are there any similarities you share with the character Ashley?
We both have really overprotective moms; but I mean, what Latina mom isn’t? Haha. Both Ashley and I are hard workers and we both knew what we wanted at a very young age. We are strong Latinas!
How is it working with Mario Lopez? Give us a fun Mario story.
Mario Lopez is an amazing human being. I remember the first time I met him at the testing session, he came up to greet me. When I hugged him, I had a “WOW” facial expression to match my internal excitement, but as soon as the hug was over, before he could see me, my face went back to normal lol. I don’t think he ever noticed my “WOW face”.
How is it working with Bella Podaras, anything fun happen behind the scenes while filming that you can talk about?
There are so many fun moments we had on set. One of them was when Eva Longoria was directing, Bella and I had to deliver a line in sync, and we kept cracking up and spitting in each others faces! (maybe it was just me, idk)
Playing a Latino female robotics engineer/rocket scientist gives you an opportunity to reach a bunch of girls, what do you think the important message is for them to take away from your character?
Ashley Garcia is an aspirational smart young Latina, which you don’t often see on TV, and who is relatable. I hope young girls see themselves represented and realize that by working hard they can reach their goals.
What was your favorite subject in school?
My favorite subjects were the electives: mariachi, theater, and band.
If they decided to create an Ashley Garcia doll, what should her accessories be?
Ashley would need her glasses, laptop, backpack and a miniature robot.
There are a bunch of new STEM toys created for girls these days, anything particular that you like?
There are so many fancy toys nowadays. I saw there is an enabled Bluetooth Rubik’s cube. That’s pretty fancy.
Tell us something about yourself that people would be surprised by.
I can solve the Rubik’s cube and the Gearball Brainteaser in less than 3 minutes (most of the time).
If you could guest star on another Netflix show which one would it be and why?
I would love to guest star on Mr. Iglesias! It be awesome to work with the cast and Fluffy, he’s hilarious.
Where can we find you on social media?
I’m at Instagram @paulinafchavez
What would your favorite YouTube channels be?
I love watching Shane Dawson, Jackie Aina, Jeffrey Star and so many more.
Is there anything else coming up in the future that you want to talk about?
Right at this moment I am enjoying the release of the show and continuing to develop my craft, which also includes music.
Why should everyone tune in to watch The Expanding Universe of Ashley Garcia?
“The Expanding Universe of Ashley Garcia” is a family friendly comedy that follows a teenage genius. Join Ashley and Tio Victor as they figure out how to live together through a journey filled with laughter and bonding along with Brooke, Tad and Stick.
You can watch the trailer for the show below and make sure to stream The Expanding Universe of Ashley Garcia with Paulina Chávez on Netflix starting February 17th. Thanks to Paulina for taking the time out of her schedule to talk to us about the show, her career and her life.