Alfonso Herrera: Teen Heartthrob to Demon Fighter
Fall TV is gearing up for its 2016 Premiere with established shows coming back like The Flash, Gotham, The Voice, and Lucifer. With many returning shows there are also new shows making their way too. One show that has caught the attention of audiences is The Exorcist (FOX). The Exorcist is based off of the 1971 novel by William Blatty and loosely off of the cult classic film. As you may have read from the title above, the shows lead is a relatively unknown when it comes to American television but has a huge following down south in the great country of Mexico.
Alfonso Herrera got his start in teen driven Mexican soap-operas like Clase 406 (Class 406), and his claim to super stardom, Rebelde (Rebels). Alfonso's career took off from the shows immediate success. Alfonso played Miguel Arango, a poor teen from Monterey seeking revenge for his fathers death. From the second Herrera's character was introduced teen girls fell in love and as the saying goes, "girls wanted to be with him and guys wanted to be him." Rumor has it that the show was only to run for 1 complete season like most telenovelas do in the Latin/Spanish market but with the show being such a huge success the show ran for 2 extra seasons. After the initial season, the show focused on Alfonso and Anahi's characters relationship. The show also spawned one of the most famous and well known music groups, RBD.
Alfonso was one of the six key members of the group along with his cast-mates from Rebelde (Anahi, Dulce Maria, Christian Chavez, Maite Perroni, and Christopher Von Uckermann). The group toured throughout the 2000's until later disbanding in 2009. The success of the group came from the show (Rebelde) that heavily featured the groups music but even after the show had been off the air the band continued to make music and tour for 3 more years. Alfonso has said that the music career was never one he planned on and one he might not come back to.
Alfonso continued to act in Latin indie films, building a resume and working towards bigger roles. Alfonso was cast on 'Sense8' a Netflix original tv show. Garnering critical claim for his role on the Netflix series, Alfonso was eventually cast as the lead on FOX's The Exorcist TV remake. Alfonso plays Father Tomas Ortega, a priest who is suddenly put in the middle of an endless war between God and the Devil. As a fan of Alfonso, we cannot wait to see what he brings to the role. FOX definitely saw something in Herrera that couldn't be denied. Now, Latin and American audiences will be able to enjoy what Herrera can do with a very character driven drama. With Herrera breaking out into promising roles, we are sure that he will bring his own take and intrigue to the role of Father Tomas Ortega.