REALISTIC ROLE. An NBC "Superstore" panel is held during the
NBCUniversal TCA Winter Press Tour in Pasadena, California.
Pictured from front row left are executive producer Justin
Spitzer, Ben Feldman, America Ferrera, Mark McKinney, and from
back row left, Colton Dunn, Lauren Ash, Nico Santos, and Nichole
Bloom. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
From The Asian Reporter, V29, #03 (February 4, 2019),
"Superstore" actor relishes true-to-life gay
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — For Nico Santos, the role he plays on
NBC’s sitcom "Superstore" is personal.
"I never thought in a million years I’d be involved in a
project that celebrated the fullness of my identity of being
queer and Asian," Santos told a TV critics’ meeting.
He also appreciates the comedy’s focus on what his character,
Mateo, has faced after learning that he’s an immigrant in the
"I certainly know a lot of members of my community who are
undocumented, and that’s so relevant right now. I’ve gotten so
many messages from everybody. People stop me wherever I go who
are ... just really appreciative of the fact that we’ve tackled
the issue, because they themselves are undocumented or a family
member or a loved one is undocumented."
Santos, who played Oliver in Crazy Rich Asians, said
he’s grateful the comedy is portraying the character with
"dignity and respect."
Colton Dunn, who plays Garrett in the series set in a big-box
store, said Mateo is important to the show. Dunn and his
castmates, including America Ferrera, took part in a panel
promoting the show’s midseason return in March.
"A lot of times, the narrative of undocumented workers and
undocumented people is that they are criminals," Dunn said.
"That’s a narrative that’s put out there. And the other side is,
‘No, they are not.’ It’s great to have an actual example of a
character who is really just living through this time out here.
All he’s trying to do is be a floor supervisor at a superstore."