The San Antonio actress joins the Netflix fantasy series for the second season

Actress of Sant’Antonio Paulina Chávez she starred in her own Netflix series and starred in a Lifetime Christmas movie. But if there is an exhibition experience that the 20-year-old cherishes, it is singing with her late grandmother María Elena Chávez Marentes every time Chávez came to visit her.

“He said, ‘Use your hands to tell the story,'” said Chávez.

Chávez takes that advice even more to heart as Flora, a teenage fairy who controls nature with a single gesture on the Netflix series, “Destiny: the Winx saga”. Flora makes her series debut in the teen drama’s second season, which debuts Friday.

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The live action “Fate” is based on the Italian cartoon “Winx Club”, which debuted in 2004 and aired internationally on Nickelodeon. The adult series centers on Bloom (Abigail Cowen), a fire-wielding fairy who enrolls in Alfea’s magical boarding school to hone her powers with other fairies like Flora as they face rivalry, romance, and some unreal evils.

Netflix Season 2 "Destiny: the Winx saga" stars, from left, Precious Mustapha as Aisha, Eliot Salt as Terra, Paulina Chávez as Flora, Abigail Cowen as Bloom, Elisha Applebaum as Musa and Hannah Van Der Westhuysen as Stella.

The second season of Netflix’s “Fate: The Winx Saga” stars, from left, Precious Mustapha as Aisha, Eliot Salt as Terra, Paulina Chávez as Flora, Abigail Cowen as Bloom, Elisha Applebaum as as Musa and Hannah Van Der Westhuysen as Stella.

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It might appear that Tinker Bell encounters “Harry Potter”, but “Fate” is more edgy than its source material.

Ditch the sparkling wings and sunny themes of his cartoon sprites for a grittier, more “Riverdale” adaptation with intense action and melodrama, plus swear words and sexual innuendo. And judging by the Season 2 trailer, viewers have even more spells and intrigues, as well as some steamy bedroom scenes.

“It’s a little darker,” Chávez said. “There is drama, romance, insecurities”.

“Fate” creator and showrunner Brian Young (“The Vampire Diaries”) described the TV-MA series as a fantasy world where Alfea’s students post stories on Instagram, go to parties, make mistakes and do all things. that adolescents do, only interspersed with elements of fantasy “in a sort of anachronistic way”.

Fans of the cartoon might find these changes jarring. Chávez’s character also undergoes a small transformation. In “Winx Club”, Flora is shy and sweet and struggles with low self-esteem. In “Fate”, Flora blossoms as confident and well traveled, Chávez said. In the trailer, she says, “Losing control is the best part”.

Then again, most “Winx” fans are probably just happy to see Flora get her live-action.

The first season of “Fate’s” drew criticism of whitewashing for replacing Flora, who is Latina, with a new white character with similar terrestrial powers named Terra, played by British actress Eliot Salt. (At one point, Terra mentions that Flora is her cousin.) And the fairy character Musa, who is East Asian in the original cartoon, was cast for white actress Elisha Applebaum.

Chávez said he couldn’t speak at the casting of “Fate”, but added that the first thing that caught his attention about “Winx Club” was the diversity of its characters. He pointed out that diversity on both sides of the camera remains vital and much needed in the entertainment industry.

“As Latins we have a voice and I am very proud of my heritage,” she said. “It is an honor to represent. I want to be part of narratives that show Latins in positive roles. It’s about accepting each other, regardless of our heritage. “

Chávez has seriously exercised that passion in recent roles.

Paulina Chávez, left, Mario Lopez and AnnaLynne McCord in the Lifetime holiday film, "Feliz NaviDAD."

Paulina Chávez, left, Mario Lopez and AnnaLynne McCord in the Christmas movie “Feliz NaviDAD”.

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Her previous work as the star of the 2020 Netflix series “The Expanding Universe of Ashley Garcia” came with a strong Latin cast and crew that included series co-creator Mario Lopez and a few episodes directed by Eva Longoria. And when Chávez reunited with Lopez for the 2020 Lifetime holiday film, “Feliz NaviDAD,” she did it for a project co-written with Peter Murrieta, the Emmy Award winner behind Disney’s “The Wizards of Waverly Place”. and “Mr. Iglesias”.

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Murrieta met Chávez during her time in “Ashley Garcia” when she visited the “Mr. Iglesias ”set next door.

“She was already so smart and sharp and wanted to know all about production, writing and how things worked,” she said via email. “It’s amazing to see the new generation and their passion not just for the job itself, but for representation in front of and behind the camera.”

Chávez will once again support the Hispanic heritage in the upcoming indie film “Mustang Miracle”. Based on the book by Humberto G. Garcia, “Mustang” tells the true story of a group of young Mexican-American caddies in the 1950s who clash with all-white schools for the Texas State High School Golf Championship.

“Talk about some of the struggles we still encounter today,” he said. “I can’t talk too much about it, but I’m very passionate about it”.

What he will talk about at length is his recent dig into his Mexican roots. Chávez has discovered that he has a family connection with the legendary Maria Félix, the famous actress from the golden age of Mexican cinema. Chávez’s paternal great-grandfather was a cousin of Mexican singer and actor Jorge Negrete, who was briefly married to Félix.

Paulina Chávez in a photo shoot inspired by Maria Felix.  The young San Antonio actress has discovered that she has a family connection with the legendary actress from the golden age of Mexican cinema.

Paulina Chávez in a photo shoot inspired by Maria Felix. The young San Antonio actress has discovered that she has a family connection with the legendary actress from the golden age of Mexican cinema.

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Chávez discovered the connection with Félix shortly before making a photo shoot that pays homage to the deceased icon.

“Which made me want to do the photo shoot even more,” she said.

The youngest of three daughters, Chávez was born in El Paso and raised in San Antonio. She had the acting bug at an early age, diving into the theater at Sky Harbor Elementary School when she was in second grade. Her first big break came in 2018 when she played a young Kim Kardashian in the documentary TV series “Scandal Made Me Famous”.

As for Chávez’s debut in “Fate”, the actress noted that it comes at a time when other Latinas are making their voices heard, from Jenna Ortega as Wednesday Addams in the upcoming Netflix series “Wednesday” to the latest. projects by award-winning producer and writer Gloria Calderón Kellett (“One day at a time”, “With love”).

“A lot of good things happen,” he said. “We just have to keep doing it and do more and support each other, support other Latins.”

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