At the age of 19, the boy born in California goes through a moment of great popularity for his character as Miguel Díaz in the series broadcast by Netflix.
From an Ecuadorian family, Xolo Maridueña is one of the most popular young streaming actors these days.
The boy who plays Miguel Díaz in Cobra Kai, the series that Netflix broadcasts and is all the rage on the platform, he is 19 years old and cannot believe what he is experiencing thanks to fiction based on The Karate Kid franchise.
Born in California on June 9, 2001, grandson and son of Ecuadorian immigrants who came to the United States in 1995, Xolo already has eight years of acting experience. He began his acting career with the role of Victor Graham on the TV series Parenthood. In that story he participated in more than 50 episodes and acquired great security before the cameras.
Xolo also acted in other series, such as Major Crimes, Rush Hour and Twin Peaks, and voiced Zaid Antonius in animated fiction Cleopatra in Space. But it is now that the American media and the public focus their attention on him.
In Cobra Kai its performance is good. His role is part of an old rivalry. Thirty-four years after losing to Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) in the 1984 All Valley U-18 Karate Championship, Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) struggles to make a living while Daniel runs a successful chain of dealerships. Of automobiles.
One night, Johnny saves his teenage neighbor Miguel (precisely Maridueña) Díaz from a group of thugs in a shopping center. And he offers to be his sensei.
Miguel begins his karate training with Johnny, who intimidates him because of his asthma and low self-esteem.
“I was surprised, because the viewers’ eyes are drawn to Ralph Macchio and Billy Zabka, but they end up hooked with the new generation. 90% of people come to this story because of those big names, but they learn to find something else they love with the younger cast”, He opined in an interview given to the medium Slashfilm.
“I think what is interesting about the character is the theme of how some children who were bullied can become bullies themselves ”, added.
About the physical training that he demanded Cobra kai, Xolo recounted: “The younger cast had personal trainers. We trained with them two or three times a week. But the basics is stretching more than anything. A common misconception is that we believe that we do karate 100% of the time and we don’t. To be quite honest, karate is probably the thing we do the least. Stretching and boxing takes us 70 or 80% of the time. “
With 385 thousand followers on Instagram, Xolo identifies himself in that social network as “the adopted child of Parenthood and the Leg Sweeper of Cobra Kai”. Her life, she says, is no longer the same: “This show has been one of the craziest experiences. The reactions before the premiere were: ‘My God, is this show a joke or a parody?’ ‘Why bring him back? They’re just going to screw it up. ‘ Then when the show came out, all those people who said, ‘this is going to be crap’ understood that it was a good thing. “
Xolo says he loves the unusual name his parents chose and refers to an expression used in Mexico to define a bird.
Romance on set? Apparently – according to the American entertainment media- Maridueña dated his partner Hannah Kepple.