The Fosters fans are excited to see their favorite show is back, this time with a fun twist as Callie (Maia Mitchell) and Mariana (Cierra Ramirez) start their adult lives and move out to Los Angeles together. Good Trouble not only introduces fans to a whole new city, but brings in characters that viewers are unlikely to see anywhere else.
As they navigate their new lives, both together and separately, they are also introduced to a whole new set of characters that soon become their family. Gael (Tommy Martinez), Mariana's neighbor and co-worker, is the perfect love interest for her. But, if the ending of the first episode said anything, things will certainly get complicated between the two of them.
Cierra and Tommy opened up to Seventeen about what fans can expect next with their characters and the rest of Good Trouble...
17: Tell us a little bit more about your characters.
Tommy Martinez: Gael is a Latino man, graphic designer, artist, painter, sculptor, all of the above there. His real love lies within the arts. He is kind of like torn between putting all of his energy and focus into his art, but still needs the money to survive so he is a graphic designer at Speckulate while working alongside Mariana.
Cierra Ramirez: Honestly, [we're] right where we left off in the series finale. Callie and Mariana drive off, take off with a U-Haul and drive to downtown LA together. But, it’s basically post-college. Mariana went to MIT and Callie was studying law, so they’re excited to be together. Callie is working as a clerk for a federal judge and Mariana is working at a tech startup, so they’ve got their grown up jobs, their grown up apartment. But, you know, they’re going to learn really quick that the adult world and the real world is not exactly what they expected.
17: What kind of relationship do they both have with each other?
CR: Well, I mean, Mariana moves Callie into an apartment because of a boy. Gael is a guy at Speckulate where Mariana has her software engineering job. She meets him there during her interview. He kind of mentions briefly that he lives in this cool apartment at the Palace theater, and I don’t think Mariana even looked around the city for anything else. She probably was just like, "That’s the one. Make this happen."
TM: Mariana and Gael have met at Speckulate and that’s not something that’s shown in the first episode, but it’s just told. I don't think Gael isn’t attracted to her, but it’s definitely a little bit one-sided there. Mariana, just like she does in The Fosters, clings onto certain guys and kind of says right off the bat she’s gonna make them her boyfriend or whatever. It’s definitely one-sided. Gael is just a nice dude that he accepts energy and love from anybody, but yeah, it’s just funny. It’s funny seeing that all happen in the first episode alongside what happens in the meantime with Callie and Gael.
17: What is it like to play characters that fans don't often get to see on TV: Latinx people in tech?
CR: It’s amazing. It’s probably the most rewarding thing about being a part of Good Trouble and The Fosters. It instantly makes me such a fan and love the show. That storyline in particular is really, really inspiring to me and if it can help inspire other women of color to get into tech or take a position where there aren't many other women of color, then I think we're doing our jobs.
TM: I have nothing but positive feelings about that. I grew up surrounded by Venezuelans, and I was completely inundated with Latinos. But stepping into that role and portraying that, I think I can relate that feeling of being anomalous, of him [Gael] being the only Latino person in that office and expressing himself and all of that with the feeling of being out here and just like kind of being alone. How I had my roommates as well, but I kind of isolated myself, but still tried to focus on what it is I wanted to do. There’s change involved in Gael's story and it's definitely going to change views for the better.
17: At the end of the episode, we find out Gael is bisexual. How does it feel to give bisexual people a platform on TV?
TM: I thought that it was so cool, 'cause it’s not anything that had ever popped up in my mind before. Where I grew up and where I went to school and college and such, bisexuality wasn’t anything that was introduced [to me] in my life. Not just in my own sexuality but anywhere around me. It was a door that hadn’t been open for me. I just wasn’t used to it. But I went into it with a completely open mind and it was amazing!
Working alongside Michael Galante, who plays Bryan, and just going into it not judging the characters or anything, and being deeply open minded, it was a really, really beautiful time. Just with bisexuality and how no matter what gender or how they identify, just being humans that love one another and have this electrifying connection, no matter who it is that they are, it was a really incredible time.
17: Mariana and Callie find out about Gael's sexuality at the end of the episode. Are their relationships going to change?
TM: It’s definitely brought up in a very abrupt way, which you’ll see in the following episode. Callie plays it cool and Mariana kind of just hangs back and only brings it up whenever Callie and Mariana are talking about it. Callie is a very accepting person, as you guys see in The Fosters. It definitely causes some conversation, but the feeling and emotion that both of those characters felt was real and true and raw and it’s hard to deny that when you see the episode.
17: What can fans expect with some of the guest stars coming back?
TM: You’ll definitely be seeing familiar faces from The Fosters on Good Trouble. A couple of the characters are gonna be introduced and they’ll cause some stuff and they’ll just have to wait for that, cause it’s gonna be juicy. Real juicy.
CR: It was like having a little piece of home with you to visit. I think they did a really good job of spreading it out. They needed each of these family members at a certain time and it’s perfect timing for each one to come and visit. It’s gonna be the life and the love and the support and the fun and the laughter as well that comes along with The Fosters family. It instantly felt like home, for me in general, having them visit on set.
[Jesus and Mariana's] storyline is going to be really, really fun. They kind of get into a little fight, obviously. It’s something that I think was something that was underlying and he came at the perfect time to give her the best advice. No one gets Mariana as well as Jesus does. It’s that twin telepathy! It was awesome having having Noah back!
17: How will Callie and Mariana's relationship evolve throughout the season?
CR: There will definitely be tension. They are sisters and they both come to find out that they’re living two completely different lifestyles. Callie works 6 days out of the week and it’s a very, very demanding job. Mariana, on the other hand, isn’t being taken seriously at work. She kind of has another lifestyle for herself and they're at two different points of their lives and don’t really understand each other. They don't see much of each other at times or maybe too much of each other in others. They’re gonna butt heads a little bit. But, it's everything that comes along with having a roommate and being a sister. They’ll always find a way to understand each other and forgive each other at the end, because, they have to love each other.
17: What can you tease about your character and what's coming next for them?
CR: Mariana is going to be making a lot of money really quick. You’ll see that kind of become an issue as well.
TM: Callie gets freaked out when she finds out that Gael is the one that Mariana has been non-stop talking about and how she wants to make him her boyfriend and so forth. From The Fosters, Callie has a history of pushing away the men that she gets intimate with. Being in this big communal loft living space and so many people around and also with that thing that happened with Mariana, [their relationship] is definitely put into a secret for a bit and then eventually could grow. Who knows? You'll have to watch.
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