Grand Hotel, executive produced by Eva Longoria, is an adaptation of the hit Spanish series Gran Hotel. Instead of Spain, the freshman series plants its roots in Miami, as patriarch Santiago (Demián Bichir) tries his best to save his heavily in debt hotel.
Denyse Tontz co-stars in Grand Hotel as Santiago’s daughter Alicia, a business grad whose knowledge is definitely needed. A new waiter named Danny (Lincoln Younes) catches Alicia’s eye, and one would hope that doesn’t distract Alicia from the task at hand (aka saving the family business). Roselyn Sanchez, who previously worked with Grand Hotel showrunner Brian Tannen on Devious Maids, chimes in as Alicia’s stepmother.
Though diversity is a big part of Grand Hotel, the series’ strengths, according to Younes and Tontz, lies in its storytelling.
“I think there are representations of all walks of life in this show. No matter who tunes in, they will see some version of themself on screen whether it’s their culture, their ethnicity, their personality traits,” said Younes. “It is a step in the right direction. Eva is kind of a trailblazer in that way. This is a story about a family and a hotel and the guests and the employees and all the things that these people go through. It’s not so much the color of their skin or their background. I think as soon as you take away the magnifying glass of how a person appears and (focus on) really what’s going on inside, I think that’s a step in the right direction.”
“Even though we are a diverse cast and crew, it really has nothing to do with the premise of the show and that’s really cool to see that,” added Tontz. “Just to be able to play a character who happens to be Hispanic and that’s not the central theme of this character. I feel like there are no stereotypes that are perpetuated in any way.”
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Grand Hotel, co-starring Anne Winters, premieres tonight on ABC (10 pm et/pt).