Herizen Guardiola stunned the world with her acting debut on Netflix’s ’70s-set musical drama, The Get Down.
Guardiola stars as Mylene Cruz, a precocious teen girl from the South Bronx desperate to make it big in the disco world despite her oppressive religious upbringing. With her girls, The Soul Madonnas at her side and her boo, Zeke (Justice Smith) who is also trying to make it in the music industry, Mylene is ready to conquer the world.
Baz Luhrmann’s The Get Down has been Guardiola’s first taste of the spotlight. Upon discovering the Miami native, Luhrmann said, “It’s always thrilling to find a fresh unknown talent, particularly one who is not only a terrific actor but a magnificent vocalist.”
The 20-year-old recently spoke with Shadow and Act about what she’s learned about herself from working on the $100 million dollar series. She said, “I’ve opened up a whole new chamber of myself, and I’ve just let it expand, and I’ve grown. I’ve even gotten in touch with my Latina heritage more. So for me, it’s been an eye-opener and a learning experience. I’ve really become a different person through this but in the best way.” When Guardiola isn’t getting in tune with the funk and disco sounds of the ’70s, she’s listening to 21 Savage and Chance the Rapper.
The highly anticipated Part 2 of The Get Down is set to hit Netflix on Friday, April 7th. Ahead of its premiere we’ve got our hands on a clip of Guardiola as Mylene showcasing her rising star power in a performance of “Toybox.”
In the clip, Mylene looks to spread her wings with a solo performance at the Ruby Con, New York’s outrageous Studio 54-like nightclub where anything goes, and nothing is taboo. With her idol Misty Holloway (Renee Elise Goldsberry) performing the same night, Mylene knows she needs to make an impression, and reveals her new single “Toybox” (written by Sia) before the enthusiastic crowd — but what she doesn’t know is that her father, Pastor Ramon Cruz (Giancarlo Esposito) is also in the audience.