There’s only room for legends on Netflix. Vulture reports that Rita Moreno is getting an arch nemesis who’s worth her salt on season three of Netflix’s One Day at a Time, and it just so happens to be the incredible talent behind the series theme song, Gloria Estefan. This is the best news we’ve seen in days.
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Netflix announced on Monday that Estefan will appear on its hit comedy series as a character named Mirtha, “Lydia’s [played by Moreno] baby sister and arch-nemesis.” Oh, boy. Many of us are familiar with just how conflicted sibling relationships can be, so it will be interesting to see how this plays out on-screen, especially with a feisty character like Lydia in the mix. Moreno, 86, and Estefan, 60, have a lot of life experience to pull from, which we’re sure will add even more delicious tension to this sister act.
Vulture notes that Lydia already has a nemesis, Esme (played by Ivonne Coll), who went on a date with Lydia’s love interest Dr. Berkowitz in season two. We can’t help but wonder how Lydia’s relationship with Mirtha will or won’t affect her relationships with other characters on One Day at a Time, but we know for sure that we are so here for Moreno and Estefan, both absolute legends in Hollywood, battling it out.
Netflix announced in March that One Day at a Time was renewed for a third season. Also, 13 new episodes will be available on the streaming service in 2019, with Moreno, Justina Machado, Todd Grinnell, Stephen Tobolowsky, Isabella Gomez and Marcel Ruiz among the returning cast. Fans rallied for a renewal of the Netflix original series, which follows a Cuban-American family through their daily trials and tribulations. Moreno’s Lydia is helping her newly single daughter (Machado) raise two strong-willed children, and the family frequently doesn’t see eye to eye.
We’re so excited to see Estefan join this on-screen family in 2019. If you aren’t caught up on One Day at a Time, now’s your chance before the series returns next year.