It’s About Time For The Rita Moreno Documentary, According to co-star Justina Machado

by Jeremy Spirogis
Justina Machado, Rita Moreno, and Todd Grinnell of

When you consider “Hollywood royalty” or actors that made a large influence on the business, Rita Moreno is certainly somebody that involves thoughts. Moreno broke so many limitations she had in her method as a result of she was a Latina actress within the 1950s and 1960s. Moreno gained awards and is even one of many few to have a PEGOT (Peabody, Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award). Moreno is really a trailblazer, and plenty of agree it’s about time she had a documentary about her life and struggles. 

Justina Machado, Rita Moreno, and Todd Grinnell of 'One Day at a Time' speak during the Pop TV segment of the 2020 Winter TCA Press Tour.
Justina Machado, Rita Moreno, and Todd Grinnell of ‘One Day at a Time’ communicate throughout the Pop TV section of the 2020 Winter TCA Press Tour | Amy Sussman/Getty Images

A documentary about Rita Moreno is at the moment in manufacturing

The venture was introduced on July 29, 2019, and is part of PBS’ American Masters collection of documentaries. The collection famously profiles massive names within the business. Now, Moreno’s is in pre-production in line with IMDb, and Mariem Pérez Riera is directing. Michael Kantor, Norman Lear, and Lin-Manuel Miranda are govt producers and Brent Miller is a producer. 

There may also be new footage and interviews with Moreno herself, “Lear, Miranda, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Morgan Freeman, Whoopi Goldberg, Eva Longoria, Justina Machado, Terrence McNally, Chita Rivera and others” in line with PBS. The working title is at the moment, Rita Moreno: The Girl Who Decided to Go For It

As the itemizing states, Moreno not solely had it tough due to racism within the business, however she additionally confronted “pernicious Hollywood sexism and sexual abuse, a toxic relationship with Marlon Brando, and an attempted suicide a year before she won her Oscar.” 

Everyone thinks it’s about time Moreno go a documentary

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With her intensive profession and influence, it’s shocking that that is the primary documentary about Moreno. Michael Kantor, American Masters collection govt producer, referred to as her “not just an American Master, she is an American treasure.” And Lear, who was the creator for One Day at a Time within the ‘70s and now works on the reboot Moreno stars in, said there’s “no woman more deserving” of being referred to as an ‘American Master.’”

“Rita is La Reina. Punto. Full stop,” stated Miranda. “Her life, expertise, and profession is a masterclass within the American dream. It is about time that she takes her rightful place amongst her friends on American Masters.”

It is type of bittersweet in that method, and Moreno has commented about what it might have meant for her mother to see this. “How I want my Puerto Rican mom had been alive to see this: her baby’s story being celebrated by the likes of American Masters,” Moreno stated. “It is not something she or I could ever have imagined. I’m astonished. I’m humbled.”

‘One Day at a Time’ co-star Justina Machado couldn’t agree extra concerning the ‘legend’ 

Currently, Moreno stars on One Day at a Time as Lydia, aka Abuelita within the Alvarez family. Machado, who performs her daughter on the present, stated Moreno is so iconic, it solely is smart that she’s getting a documentary of this caliber. 

“We know that Rita is an icon, we know that she’s a legend, we know she broke down doors. We know she broke barriers. We know all of this,” Machado advised The A.V. Club on March 20. “But what we know more than anything is how much we love her. And that what an incredible artist she is, and how she still loves every second of it.” 

Machado stated she was “the best acting partner” she’s ever had and that Moreno “deserves it all.” She stated that highlighting the obstacles and struggles Moreno needed to undergo additionally exhibits simply how superb it’s to see her “thriving now.” 

“All of these wonderful things are happening, it couldn’t make me happier,” Machado stated about her on-screen mother. “And then West Side Story coming again round? That complete circle of that? She outlived, and she or he’s outdoing all of them! Whatever they tried to do to her again then.”

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