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Exclusive LatinoBuzz Shipwrecked: The East Los High Cast Edition!

Exclusive LatinoBuzz Shipwrecked: The East Los High Cast Edition!

The summer just got hotter with the return of the “East Los High: Season 2!” Since the first class graduated they’ve had some bragging rights like being
the number one show on Hulu Latino and top five overall in programming. Not too shabby for an all Latino cast who gained a legion of faithful fans called
“ELHAddicts!” Well, there’s a new cast (and some familiar faces) to bring the ruckus to East Los High School! LatinoBuzz decided to welcome them by
throwing them on a deserted island, (like we did these filmmakers HERE
) to fend for themselves. They were allowed to pick a film, an album, a book and a companion from the movies to join them.

Andrea Sixtos

That’s an easy one… “Cast Away!” It’s pretty much a survival guide on how to live on an island! I think I’d find it extremely resourceful. It’s also one of
my favorite movies, so it’d also be my entertainment. A two-in-one package, baby!

I would take an album that would keep me relaxed, strong, hopeful and inspired just in case I start to lose faith that I’ll ever get off the island. It
would have to be “Diary” by Veronica Sixtos. I know it’s my sister’s music and all but I’m not being biased. Her lyrics are so empowering, they give you
strength and make you realize your worth in an honest and brave way. It would also remind me of the love I have for my family, which that in itself is all
the inspiration I need to survive!

I’m gonna be super practical with this one, I would bring the “US Air Force Survival Handbook.” It covers shelter, nutrition, navigation, evasion,
psychology, equipment, injury and illness. Boom! All I need. There’s no way I’d be taking a fictional book when my life is at stake!

Katniss Everdeen from “The Hunger Games” of course! She’s a survival genius. She can teach me everything she knows, and together, we’d become the
strongest, smartest, deadliest, most wild women who ever lived. Who knows? Maybe we’ll even build an island fortress and live there until we’re
ready to build a boat and leave.

Vannessa Vasquez

I think, for me, it would have to be one of my all time favorite Disney movies “The Lion King.” One, it has great music to sing along to, and Simba also
goes out to be on his own and meets Timon and Pumba. So if things ever get out of wack all I have to do is find some animal friends and sing “hakuna
matata.” That’s pretty smart.

Gloria Estefan’s “Greatest Hits” album. Ever since I was a little girl one of my all time favorite artists has been Gloria. There’s so much life in her
music and it has an island feel to it. I can definitely see myself being stuck on a desert island singing, “Come on shake your body baby do that Conga!”

: My all time favorite book is “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho. It’s a book about following your dreams, trusting that life has a plan for you, all you
have to do is have faith. It has so much knowledge of the universe and our spiritual journeys. I can read that book over and over and get something new
from it each time.

: I’ve seen Jack Sparrow in action. I would love to have him as my companion. I would never get bored. He’s super funny, smart and witty. He definitely
knows how to fight, so he would be a good protector. Plus his black eyeliner makes him super sexy. If we ever had to keep humanity going that wouldn’t be a

Ray Diaz

: It would be “Rush Hour!” There’s enough action and comedy in this film to last a lifetime. Just thinking about Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker puts a smile
on my face. Not to mention that they would probably inspire me to make a game out of my time on this lonely island. The only tricky part would be choosing
one, two or three. But maybe if I’m lucky I could just have the box set.

When it comes to music, I have such eclectic taste, but Nelly’s “Country Grammar” album would have to be the winner here. I remember this album getting me
so many girls that maybe even on a deserted island it could give me the same kind of luck.

: “Quarterback’s Demon” written by C.K Laurence would be the book I choose. It was the first book I read when I started modeling and it inspired me to be
more then what I thought I could be.

: The winner is Tom Hanks in “Cast Away”. Think it about it — “Cast Away”, “Captain Phillips”, and “Saving Private Ryan”. Tom has got your back! He’s been
in these situations so many times that it would be a play ground for us out there with, “Rush Hour” on the palm tree screen and Nelly’s “Country Grammar”
bumping out of two big coconuts.

Alex Segal


“The Wizard of Oz”… The movie has always held a special meaning for me. Growing up, I watched it all the time. It always made me feel content, calm and
at ease… Not to mention I’m a big Judy Garland fan.

At the moment I am beyond obsessed with Sam Smith’s “In The Lonely Hour”. SUCH amazing stuff… Love what he’s doing. But an all time favorite would
probably have to be Mariah Carey’s “The # 1’s.” Her music would probably distract me from remembering that I’m stuck on a deserted island!

I read “The Power of Now” a while ago and still go back and re-read it. Whatever you’re going through, it’s important to know that your mind is extremely
powerful. This book would probably help me get through a lot of obstacles while being on this island.

Companion I would bring:
I would probably bring Angelina Jolie… Not only is she pretty bad ass, I would also want to see what she’s like behind all of that… Woman empowerment!!!

Vivian Lamolli

: I am going with “HAIR”, the 1979 war comedy-drama and film
adaption of the 1968 Original Broadway Musical. I had the pleasure of
playing Dionne in the
Tony award-winning musical and that time just brought so much light
to my life. Since I might be spending time alone, that magic of
togetherness and
closeness of the tribe depicted, would completely continue to give
me a mindset of happiness, beauty and family…even if I were on my last

: As a musician, I have a very eclectic style that I listen to,
write, and perform. I would be bringing along “Vivian’s Delightful,
Meditative, and
Explosive Mixed Tape.” The mixed tape would include Amy Winehouse
“Back to Black,” Kings of Leon “Sex On Fire,” Frank Ocean “Forrest
Gump,” Marc Anthony
“Vivir lo Nuestro,” Celia Cruz “La Vida Es Un Carnaval,” Crystal
Lewis “People Get Ready,” Justin Timberlake “Señorita,” Christina
Aguilera “Fighter,”
Lauryn Hill “Doo Wop, That Thing,” Michael Jackson “Do You Remember
the Time,” Young the Giant “Cough Syrup,” 1 Musical Theatre Song “In the
Finale,” Stacy Orrico “Genuine,” Natalie Imbruglia “Torn,” Alanis
Morissette “Head Over Heels,” Radiohead “Creep,” Fiona Apple “Paper
Bag,” No Doubt
“Spiderwebs,” Shakira “Dare You,” and Jason Aldean “My Kinda Party.”
I handpicked most of these songs to perform at one point or another and
they still
speak to me. Without music it is a bland world and that is the last
thing I would want to recreate on a secluded island… let’s spice it up
a bit!

: When I imagine myself keeping the faith and hope on this island
where times will get rough, I imagine reading the book of Proverbs. The
Bible would keep
me company and serve as a ray of sunshine when in the midst of
despair. When I was a little girl my father was away a lot whether it be
on missions for the
military or just training for the next one. The books he would read
to me and my sister were thin children’s books; each was a different
Bible story. Boy,
did I love those moments and everything brings me back home thinking
and reading these stories.

: I choose Jared Leto to be my shipwrecked buddy. I’ve been not only
impressed with the man for years, but he has always peaked my interest
from speaking
about work to personal experiences. To have that type of storyteller
and lover of the world with me would be absolutely mind-blowing. I’m
sure he would
present many ideas of how to survive or how not to stress under the
circumstances, and just live in our present state-of-being.

Ashley Campuzano


“Pearl Harbor” directed by Michael Bay. “Pearl Harbor” does a great job of portraying how everyday lives were affected by the horrific incidents of World
War II. The film even depicts details from the point of view of President FDR at the time of battle, before and after.


“The Great Gatsby” has been one of my favorite novels since the first time I read it in high school. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s writing style made it an easy
read and completely relatable to anyone who has ever been in or contemplated love. ‘Gatsby,’ although false to his name, stood by everything he wanted and
never backed down. He was resilient and knew what he wanted and for that I respect what he went through.


I listen to Selena almost everyday to remind myself of what a great role model she was to the Latino community. Not only was her music catchy and loved by
millions but she moved us Latinos by what she stood for. Her legacy reminds us of what hard work can attain. She inspires me daily to work hard for what I
want and to never give up on my dreams.


I am an easygoing person and all I truly desire is to be constantly entertained. To me, Jim Carrey is the ultimate comedian and I would enjoy spending the
rest of my days laughing with someone as brilliant as him. His acting inspires me to push myself to the limit. His performances can be breathtakingly
hilarious, or positively heartbreaking, and for that he wins my heart.

Rick Mancia

For my film, I’m going with “The Pursuit of Happiness”. This movie really hits home for me. I saw my pops work & fight adversity to provide us with a
better life, much like Will Smith’s character in it. I love the feeling I get seeing people achieve their dreams after working so hard despite adversity
and keeping hope through it all. If I were stranded, hope is the only thing that would keep me going.

I’ve been a musician most of my life so I listen to it all. It’s hard to pick one album; can I take a 80Gb iPod? If I had to pick one, I would go with
“Vheissu” by Thrice. It’s such a well balanced album beyond its time (2005). It’s one of those albums and bands that take you on an emotional roller
coaster and that’s what I aim to do, make people feel things they’re not used to feeling!

Since I only read books from the Self Help section, I would choose “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle. I’m a believer that now is the only
moment. Therefore to keep myself sane on an island I’d have to be in the moment, thinking about how I got there would cause depression, thinking if I will
ever get out would cause anxiety, but dealing with the tasks at hand would provide the most peace of mind possible.

I’m going to be cliché for my companion and go with Chuck Noland played by Tom Hanks in “Castaway.” Why? Well, I’m trying to survive and I don’t want to
die! He seemed to do OK and I’ll need all the help I can get. And on the bright side, we’ll be BFFs and have no need for Wilson.

Jeremy Chavarria

It would probably be something romantic like “Twilight” or “The Notebook.” If I’m on an island with one person (a girl of course) the film would create a
nice setting to go along with sounds of the waves, the sunset, coconuts, etc.


You can’t go wrong with Coldplay! “Parachutes” is one of my favorite albums. You just can’t go wrong with them. Beautiful music with a beautiful setting
and a beautiful woman. Can I get an “Amen?!”

That’s easy, my Bible! Arguably the most amazing love story ever told. Filled with lessons and examples of how to be better in all aspects of life in any
given situation. My Foundation of who I am lies in that book. I can’t live without it. My love letters in a book.

Companion: T
hat’s tough! From a film it would have to be Megan Fox. First name that came up to mind, but Superman would be cool.

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Juan Caceres
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