‘Grand Resort’s Shalim Ortiz: Mateo Is A ‘Mysterious Character’ — He’s ‘Extra Than Meets The Eye’

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‘Grand Resort’ is making its massive debut on June 17. HL talked EXCLUSIVELY with star Shalim Ortiz, who performs Mateo, about what to anticipate from his ‘scrumptious’ character. Plus, he teases ‘heavy secrets and techniques’ throughout the lodge.

Grand Resort is about to be your new favourite summer time present. The drama sequence, premiering June 17 at 10 p.m. on ABC, is about on the final family-owned lodge in Miami Seashore. Santiago Mendoza owns the lodge, whereas his second spouse, Gigi, and their grownup kids benefit from the spoils of success. The lodge’s loyal workers spherical out a contemporary tackle the upstairs/downstairs story. Inside the partitions of the lodge, explosive secrets and techniques run rampant. Shalim Ortiz performs Mateo, the lodge supervisor. Shalim instructed HollywoodLife EXCLUSIVELY that Mateo is “a scrumptious character. He’s filled with layers and thriller. You would say he’s a mysterious character. There’s clearly greater than meets the attention, and also you don’t get to see this man’s full agenda and intentions from the get-go. It’s fairly evident that there’s going to be some pressure between him and the proprietor of the lodge, Santiago. So I feel that relationship performs a key function within the storyline and he’s positively going to cope with some very heavy secrets and techniques which might be taking place on the lodge.”

He additionally famous that there’s “no in-your-face good man dangerous man on this present. No person is free from sin. All people has one thing they should hold from any individual else.” The dynamic between Mateo and Santiago is an expert relationship however Shalim teased that “they know issues about one another that may very well be compromising. So, there’s at all times going to be this query of who’s received the higher hand? I don’t wish to say it’s a battle of energy, however their positions may be compromising within the relationship as a result of one manages the lodge and is aware of just about all the lodge’s secrets and techniques and the opposite one owns it. There’s a historical past between them, that’s for certain, and that historical past of how they began working collectively goes to play a task within the story.”

Character backstories might be explored over the course of the season. “It performs out very properly as a result of the backstories kick in at a really key second in every one of many conflicts,” Shalim continued. “In order that’s the place Eva Longoria’s character performs a task as properly. She has a vital arc and her backstory could be very key.” As for the potential of romance for Mateo? “Effectively, in Mateo’s life, we’ll need to see,” Shalim mentioned. “I feel as a result of there’s already a lot sexiness, romance, and sensuality between Alicia and Danny. for instance, that Mateo form of brings within the not-so-fun half, the tense moments, however you by no means know.”

Brace yourselves now as a result of there might be fixed twists and turns alongside the way in which. Nevertheless, there are lighter moments. Shalim added: “There’s at all times going to be some comedian aid and a few humor in it, which is nice as a result of, clearly, you’re speaking concerning the writers from Ugly Betty, Devious Maids, and Jane the Virgin and all these superb dramadies. However the drama is fixed. I feel persons are going to determine or fall in love with one of many characters. It’s an enormous ensemble and there’s one thing for everyone.”

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Shalim Ortiz stops by HollywoodLife’s NYC portrait studio. (Photographer: Paige Kindlick)

Because the present is a few lodge, in spite of everything, HollywoodLife requested Shalim which stars he’d prefer to see check-in for a visitor look. “I feel Gloria Estefan could be an excellent cameo,” Shalim mentioned. “Gloria and Emilio [Estefan], Ricky Martin, Marc Anthony, or Jennifer Lopez as properly.”