THE ESSENCE OF ONE DAY AT A TIME IS STILL THERE SAYS JUSTINA MACHADO
Posted On May 05, 2017
For Justina Machado, the Netflix version of Norman Lear’s 1970 sitcom, One Day at A Time stays true to its roots. “I hear from fans of the original show saying, ‘I did not think I was going to like it,’ and they love it,” said the Puerto Rican actress. “It is different but the essence is still there. To take something so iconic and not make it cheesy, or false or gratuitous…I think we did a great job and I am so glad the original fans see that.” NEW YOU caught up with Morena at the premiere of Netflix’s, One Day at a Time in Los Angeles. The original sitcom has been re-purposed to focus on the lives of a Cuban – American family. Machado plays the part of Penelope Alvarez, a military veteran who’s working as a nurse and raising two kids on her own after recently separating from her husband. She attributes the first episode (pilot) as her most memorable time. “I had that scene with Rita (Morena) where I was talking about my husband and how I miss him and it was so special to me because it was my audition scene and because of that I was excited.” When it comes to her health, she advises everyone to just keep their bodies moving. “Get up and take a hike up a mountain, or a walk and look at the nature around you,” she said. “Leave the house looking up and not down at your phone.” We could not agree more.