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‘Promised Land’: John Ortiz Says It Took Him 30 Years To Land His First Leading Role On TV

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After a three-decades-long career, John Ortiz will finally take on the leading role in the upcoming ABC family drama Promised Land, premiering January 24.With credits in major films like Carlito’s Way, Amistad, American Gangster, and Silver Linings Playbook, and the small screen in Medium, The Handmaid’s Tale, Mayans M.C., why has it taken so long for Hollywood to recognize his bankability as a leading star?Ortiz stars as the Sandoval family patriarch Joe Sandoval, a vintner married to Lettie (Cecilia Suarez) and with who he shares a blended family of their respective children from prior relationships and a son who is biologically their own.

It also explores immigration, with creator Matt Lopez opting to focus on the human experience instead of politicizing it.“The human component is something that speaks to me, given the structure, the extremes, and the stakes,” he said of the importance of having shows like Promise Land that don’t lean on tropes and stereotypes. “When [Latinos] are depicted or when [the community is] explored, it just kind of becomes about the issues and you forget about the people.

You forget about the things that move us, and the things we want to see when we [see ourselves] portrayed on screen or in life.”Ortiz continued, “I’ve been lucky enough to be [a working actor] for 30 years.

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