Anike Tourse – Marisol Diaz (Noyola) Writer & Director
Anike’s character, Marisol Diaz is A mixed Mexican-born homemaker, she is a community baker and the cornerstone of the diverse Diaz family. Marisol finds a depth of voice she never knew she had as she survives detention and stands up for her right to a bond for release.
Anike Tourse is a multimedia maker with accomplishments both in front of, and behind, the scenes. She has written for television series including One Life to Live, and Girlfriends, and is the writer and director of award-winning short film “America; I Too” now in distribution with New Day Films. Anike has penned and performed several solo shows touring her productions across the country as well as for the Edinburgh (Scotland) Fringe Festival; the largest international theater festival in the world, on a national Nigerian tour sponsored by the 7-UP Bottling Company. Anike’s projects in development include the animated short film “Frances the Fish” about the little salmon that could.
Mauricio Mendoza - Jorge Diaz
Jorge is a Salvadoran, self-made man and award-winning chef is the head of the Diaz family. When Jorge finds himself seeking sanctuary among a Jewish community, he comes to appreciate his own culture and history and learns how he can be a spiritual anchor for his family.
Mauricio has been a working actor for over 25 years in television, film, theater, commercials and Voiceover. Credits include series regular in Sony “Tristar”/Telemundo’s “Angeles”, Showtime’s “Resurrection Blvd”, CineLatino/Netflix “El Desconocido”, Stage 13/Warner Bros “La Quinceañera”. Additional television credits include roles on “Promised Land,” “Adam Ruins Everything,” “The Rookie.” “East Los High,” “Hacienda Heights,” “Criminal Minds,” “The Last Man On Earth,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “NCIS,” “NCIS LA,” “24,” “Larceny”
“Crave-The Fast Life,” “Blow” with Johnny Depp,”Dawn Patrol” with Scott Eastwood,”Seized” with Scott Adkins.
Mauricio has over 50 theater credits. His notable theater performances include playing Bernardo in “West Side Story”, El Gallo in the “Fantasticks”, Guido in “Nine”, Juan Julián in “Anna In The Tropics”, Kevin Rosario in “In The Heights”, Cinderella's Prince in “Into The Woods”, Benedick in “Much Ado About Nothing”, Federico Morales in “American Mariachi”,Ernesto Del Río in “Destiny of Desire”, “The New Mambo Kings” (conceived by him and his twin brother Actor/director Carlos A. Mendoza.)
In an assertive move to change things up in Hollywood and to be able to create his own opportunities, Mauricio became the executive producer and producer of the Imagen Award winning 13 episode web series “Encounters” along with Miguel Torres. Mauricio’s production credits include films, music videos, shorts and web series such as “After School”, “Fighting Chance”, “SinVerguenzas”, “El Contratista”, “Intolerance”. Music videos ”The Power Of One” , “Recuperar” and “Come Get it”; and the shorts “It Can Only be Used Once”, “From Now On”, “Between the Lights”, “One”, “Him and Her”, and “The Real Faces of Dialysis”.
Mauricio is co-owner of True Form Films, a production company he runs with wife Yeniffer Behrens and a new teaching online platform Shortcut2hollywood which teaches practical tools to get the actors from aspiring to working actors.
Mauricio Mendoza has a Bachelors in Musical Theater from the United States International University and a Masters from the University of San Diego and Old Globe Professional Actor Training Program in Classical Theater.
Ricardo Cisneros – Koke Díaz (Noyola)
Ricardo’s character, Koke is a Malibu surfer and somewhat irresponsible. Koke works as a cook at the five-star catering kitchen under his stepfather Jorge. Once deported he fights with everything he has to return to his family that includes his daughter and her mother Angie. Koke also discovers his ethnicity is much more diverse when he meets his Afro-Mexican family in Mexico.
Ricardo Cisneros is an actor-writer born in El Salvador and raised in the US and Canada. He is known for Showtime's Superpumped (2022), Shameless (2021) and Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2020). In America's Family Ricardo stars as ‘Koke’, the eldest brother in the Diaz family, who is unexpectedly deported and must fight his way back to be reunited with his family. As a writer, Ricardo writes dramas about Latino families with a penchant for rebellion.
Angie Kim – Angie Pak
Angie’s character Angie Pak is a Korean-American citizen. She has a complicated relationship with Koke due to her parents’ disapproval of him. Angie discovers a new level commitment as she joins forces with Koke to raise their daughter together in spite of physical separation.
Angie received her paralegal certificate thinking she would continue in her law track but shortly thereafter quit to pursue acting. Soon thereafter Angie landed the female lead in KTOWN COWBOYS (SXSW, LAAPFF) alongside Ken Jeong, Daniel Dae Kim, and Eric Roberts followed by the lead in an HBO indie short called THE LAST SONG alongside seasoned veteran Ernie Hudson. Angie went on to act in the highly awarded and controversial SPA NIGHT (Sundance) where she continued to hone her craft and dive into different characters. She’s continued to work on great productions – including CHIRLA’s short film “America; I Too” and feature “America’s Family”. You can catch her lately in the sound booth, dubbing various foreign Netflix projects, and watch her in HOW I MET YOUR FATHER.
Emmanuel López Alonso – Emiliano Díaz
Emmanuel’s character, Emiliano Diaz aka Milo, is a first-year associate at a corporate firm. He learns immigration law overnight to save his family from deportation and separation.
Emmanuel is a Puerto Rican native, a graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts and three time World Salsa champion. He debuted on Broadway with the role of Cuban Musician Kiki in “ON YOUR FEET!” The Musical about the lives and work of Gloria and Emilio Estefan. His TV credits include "Russian Doll" (Netflix), "Blindspot" (NBC), and "Penny Dreadful: City of Angels" (Showtime) and he is a featured dancer in Lin Manuel Miranda's feature film “In the Heights.
Jailene Arias – Valentina Díaz
Jailene’s character Valentina Diaz is your typical, social media-obsessed, high schooler. Valentina is differently abled with epilepsy yet her fighting spirit and quest to reunify her family perseveres.
Jailene is known for her roles such as playing Vanessa in award-winning television show “The Good Place,” alongside Kristen Bell and Ted Danson and for her role as Amanda in Avenida Production’s, “The Delivery man.” After participating in the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA) Internship program and becoming a CHIRLA member, Jailene was cast in CHIRLA film “America; I Too” where she starred as Maya, alongside Barkhad Abdi and Jose Diaz. Jailene plays Valentina in America’s Family, the brave and strong character who while struggling with epilepsy spearheads a social media campaign to keep her mother from being deported.
Toni Urquidi – Esperanza
Ryan Urquidi – Esperanza
A curious girl named Ryan was born Sept 14, 2013. With a love for words, playing pretend, making up songs, and being a good big sister, she has always managed to capture the imagination of all the children she plays with at school, daycare, or even at the library. She began studying as an actor 1 year ago and she has a talent for being able to quickly memorize her lines. She is extremely intelligent and fun to work with on and off the set.
Ryan plays Esperanza, the energic five-year-old daughter of Koke and Angie. She is the only grandchild in the Diaz family.
Aida Rodriguez – Attorney Sara Garcia
Aida is featured in independent feature film America's Family, playing the cameo performance of superstar attorney Sara Garcia.
Aida Rodriguez is an Afro-Latina, taking the world of entertainment by storm with her wit, strong performances and charismatic personality. Making history as the first Latina to appear in two comedy specials airing in one month on both HBO and Showtime. Rodriguez was handpicked by director Taylor Hackford for his film The Comedian starring Robert De Niro. In 2017, Coca Cola Global Women’s LINC Conference sponsored Rodriguez’s speech that modeled a TED Talk. Rodriguez has also appeared on Comedy Central’s The Nightly Show, five-time host of the PBS Imagen Awards, NBC Last Comic Standing’s finals, TRUtv’s Laff Tracks, Nickelodeon Mom’s Night Out and Parental Discretion. Aida’s half-hour special was featured as part of Tiffany Haddish's breakout series TheyReady which was executive produced by Haddish, Wanda Sykes and Paige Hurwitz for Netflix. She is currently in development on her half-hour scripted series with WarnerMedia, for which she will write, executive produce and star in. Haddish, Chris Case and Nastaran Dibai are also on board to executive produce. Rodriguez is also developing an animated series with ITV Studios and Nick Weidenfeld. She is producing her first one hour special (also with Warner Media) FIGHTING WORDS for HBO Max.