These ‘Party of Five’ Reboot Actors Almost Played Each Other’s Roles

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Creating a TV household isn’t simple as a result of you must discover not solely particular person actors however a bunch of actors who really feel pure once they work together. The creators of Party of Five did it as soon as earlier than within the ‘90s Fox series. When they created the Acostas for Freeform’s reboot, they knew what they had been on the lookout for. 

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L-R: Emily Tosta, Elle Paris Legaspi, Niko Guardado, Brandon Larracuente | Freeform/Jonathan Wenk

Brandon Larracuente performs the eldest Acosta, Emilio and Niko Guardado performs the second oldest boy, Beto. Both actors stated they auditioned for the opposite’s roles, which might have been a distinct Party of Five. Here’s how they discovered the roles for which they had been proper. Party of Five airs Wednesdays Freeform.

‘Party of Five’ requested Brandon Larracuente to audition two days in a row

It was thrilling sufficient for Brandon Larracuente to audition for Emilio, however then they requested him to learn for Beto too.

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“I initially went in for Emilio and the same day they told me that they wanted me to read for Beto the day after,” Larracuente stated. “So the day after I read for Beto.”

Niko Guardado received his alternative of auditions

Niko Guardado was making ready to audition for the function of Beto Acosta when he received the possibility to check out for Emilio too.

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Party of Five‘s Niko Guardado | Freeform/Jonathan Wenk

“I got an audition from my agent for Beto and I was reading the pilot,” Guardado stated. “I was about halfway through and about 45 minutes later I got an audition from my manager for Emilio. I was like oh, I already got an audition for Beto. My manager was like, ‘Well, which one do you want to go in for?’”

Brandon Larracuente all the time needed to play Emilio on ‘Party of Five’

Although he auditioned for each roles, Brandon Larracuente landed the function he really needed.

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Party of Five‘s Brandon Larracuente | Freeform/Vu Ong

“I connected more to Emilio’s character,” Larracuente stated. “One, being the eldest and Emilio’s more so a leader. I think he’s a leader in the family and that’s something that I can relate to my character. I tend to be the leader in any situation or group that I’m around.” 

Niko Guardado didn’t really feel like Emilio

If Party of Five solid Niko Guardado as Emilio, they might have needed to discover a youthful Beto however Guardado didn’t really feel like an Emilio anyway.

“It didn’t fit,” Guardado stated. “He was this rock star, ripped. I’m nowhere near ripped. It just felt way more organic to go for Beto. I automatically just connected and felt way more relatable and similar to Beto.”

The ‘Party of Five’ solid grew to become a household instantly

Brandon Larracuente and Niko Guardado landed within the acceptable roles and the Acostas started to develop into an actual household as Party of Five solid their siblings. They tried completely different combos of actors, mixing and matching, however it was clear which of them had been a household.

“At the screen test it was kind of instant,” Guardado stated. “I didn’t actually really feel that method with anyone else ever within the room. And then after we’d gotten casted, we began hanging out as a lot as we may. When we weren’t filming we’d be taking part in board video games in our room, taking part in card video games, simply speaking, watching films collectively, watching a number of the previous Party of Five collectively.”

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L-R: Brandon Larracuente, Elle Paris Legaspi,, Niko Guardado, and Emily Tosta | Freeform/Nino Munoz

Larracuente additionally learn with a number of combos of actors, however he felt it the primary time he learn with Guardado, Elle Paris Legaspi and Emily Tosta.

“I knew when I left that room that day and was driving home. Something felt right. Since that day, we’ve gotten closer and closer. We were in Montreal filming the pilot in the chilling cold winter for about a month and we were all staying at the same hotel. Every single night after we got off the set, we would all shower and eat together. Then we would all meet up later on to run our lines. We’re there for each other not only when it comes to work and doing lines but also if any of them had a question or needed advice, they know that they can call me.”

Brandon Larracuente, interview with Showbiz Cheat Sheet, 12/18/19

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