Adrian Gonzalez is laughing it up in the recurring role of the well-meaning but occasionally confused Enzo on TBS’s new sitcom, Your Family or Mine. LA Fan Cultures Examiner recently caught up with the actor to discuss joining a comedy ensemble that includes Ed Begley Jr. and Cynthia Stevenson, and if people assume he’s anything like his character.
“This whole thing is a dream come true,” Adrian enthused in our e-mail interview. “Being in a cast with such amazing, talented, and incredibly funny actors is a dream job. Enzo is Shawni’s boyfriend, so he only appears with the Durnins, so I was working mostly with Cynthia Stevenson and Ed Begley Jr. Gil [Ed’s character] and Enzo have somewhat of a bromance going on in one episode. That was my favorite to work on.
“Ed is such [a] dynamic actor and has been doing sitcoms for so long, it was incredible to watch and learn,” he continued. “The last episode brings both families together so I was lucky enough to work with the other cast. They were all so great and humble and absolutely hysterical.”
It’s easy to see why audiences have embraced his character, because he enjoys playing Enzo so much already.
“Enzo is the best. Everyone loves him,” he enthused. “He’s always encouraging and positive. You’re not really sure if he’s dumb or just foreign. He doesn’t really do dumb things, well he pretends he’s handy and then it turns out he’s not very good at it at all. He just wants to help!
“He also will say things that may sound dumb, but I feel its just that he’s more advanced than the rest of the family,” he added. “He really lives in his own world. Just keep watching the show and see his relationships grow.”
It’s not uncommon for actors to be mixed up with their characters when people meet them, so have people assumed that Adrian’s as sometimes out of it as Enzo?
“That hasn’t happened yet, although I’m looking forward to it when it does,” he told us. “I’m the youngest in my family so I get picked on by my older siblings and I tend to be the ‘not so bright’ one according to them. They joke and say that Enzo is not too much of a stretch for me. I think he’s super smart and great and so much fun to play!”
“I think my family watching the show has given them perspective on how crazy they are,” Adrian added. “I come from a loud, emotional, loving, Mexican family. Our lives are like sitcoms. I feel like they live in such extremes of highs and lows, meaning we’ll go from happy to anger and back to laughing at the whole situation all in a matter of minutes. I love my family and because of their crazy antics, I can relate to the Durnins and this show.”
Your Family or Mine has also given Adrian a chance to show his comedic side, as he’s done a fair share of dramatic work previously. What’s more difficult for him – the intensity that comes with drama, or the timing and delivery required to make things funny?
“I love them both. They have very different feels but I wouldn’t say one is harder than the other. It’s just a different relationship,” he explained. “You’re just as vulnerable in comedy as you would be drama. I think once you find a connection and relationship with the character and the story, then it all plays out.
“I will say that I love the pace of comedy, and in particular, [the] multi-camera sitcom. It’s all shot in front of an audience, so we get to entertain live. It’s such a fast, high energy that it gives you an adrenaline rush. It’s exciting!”
“I love watching so many shows,” Adrian added, giving us some insight into what and who makes him laugh. “Key & Peele, Broad City, and Louie, just to name a few.
“I think when people are honest and unapologetic in their comedy, they are hilarious,” he continued. “I think that’s what made Joan Rivers so great! She spoke her mind. The same with Louis CK. He’s great at telling his truths. It’s so great to watch and hysterical. One of my favorite comedians is Gabriel Iglesias. He has a great sense of who he is and can make some amazing voices.
But, he revealed, “My family probably makes me laugh the most.”
Your Family or Mine airs Tuesdays at 10 PM ET/PT on TBS. For more information on the series, visit TBS’s website.