Mayans M.C., the Sons of Anarchy spinoff co-created by Kurt Sutter and Elgin James, has so far earned splendid ratings, making it 2018’s most-watched cable premiere. Sutter recently spoke with Uproxx about several subjects, including the two strong female characters who are navigating through a very dangerous and male-dominated world. One of those women, Adelita, has been organizing and leading an underground rebellion against the ruling Galindo cartel. Her actions are inspired by real-life events ongoing not only along the U.S.-Mexico border but throughout Central America.
Carla Baratta, a Venezuelan actress, plays Adelita, who (as a child) watched her own family be murdered by the cartel that now refers to her as the “rebel bitch.” As a character, she depends on no man and chooses to take matters into her own hands while protecting hundreds of children who are orphaned as a result of cartel violence. Baratta was happy to chat with Uproxx about Adelita’s “nickname” and other topics, including her ever-evolving experience on the FX series and her growing optimism about inclusion in Hollywood.
The early episodes of Mayans are about establishing EZ (played by J.D. Pardo) within the club while Adelita’s rebels, who have been stealthily operating in the background, suddenly spring into action against the cartel. How long has the group been plotting up to this point?
These rebels started a long time ago. Two or three people, and then more and more people started to band together with them. They’ve been planning these things for a long time, especially for the last four years, the cartel has been doing all these things near the border. So maybe about four years.
Your character is tasked with representing a whole culture while avenging the deaths of decades of victims. How do you get into the right mindset for this challenge?
When I first got the audition, I connected with Adelita because I’m from Venezuela. And we have a lot of issues happening right now, and we have a lot of problems with the government. They were killing students who went out to protest on the streets. And so I’ve watched how violence works in a closed environment, and I think that gives me the mindset to just change that. And also, I get a lot of inspiration for Adelita from the Mexican Revolution, and it’s just a matter of finding that inspiration for the things that trigger you to become a new person.
I had wanted to ask about how you’re from Venezuela, and how that’s sort of a paradise lost. Have you witnessed any of the injustice there?