Character Guides Cast and Characters: Netflix's On My Block

Cast and Characters: Netflix’s On My Block

The following is a character guide for the Netflix program On My Block and their status at the end of the season(s).

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Diego Tinoco As Cesar

Cesar (Diego Tinoco) keeping Ruby from getting his ass whooped.
Cesar (Diego Tinoco)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 1 “Chapter 1”

Cesar is perhaps the only member of his crew who doesn’t think he has much of a future ahead of him. Especially since all he knows is his family’s gang, the 16th Street Santos, which has been led by his family for generations.

Additional Information About Cesar

  • He started dating in 6th grade.
  • Has dreams of being an architect.
    • Junior college to UCLA is the plan.
  • Cesar’s birthday is in the spring

 

Sierra Capri As Monse

Monse's face (Sierra Capri)
Monse (Sierra Capri)

Character Introduction

First Noted In Season 1/ Episode 1 “Chapter 1”

With a father who is constantly on the road and a mother who isn’t active in her life, it seems only natural that Monse plans to become a writer. After all, all that alone time means an active imagination. However, what she also plans for is keeping her chosen family, Cesar, Ruby, and Jamal together for they are the only ones she can depend on day in and day out. Not to imply she has a bad relationship with her dad but, plain and simple, he just isn’t physically there for her a lot.

Additional Information About Monse

  • Wants to become a writer
  • It is revealed in season 1, episode 8 that she is 13.
  • Her mom left when she was 2.
  • She was born in 2004.
  • Monse’s name derives from a combination of her mother’s name, Selena, and dad’s name, Monty.

 


Jason Genao As Ruby (Ruben)

Ruby giving the type of line which should become legendary and often imitated.

Character Introduction

First Noted In Season 1/ Episode 1 “Chapter 1”

Ruby comes from a large, working-class family, but with expectations that he’ll become something. In season 1, it is established that Ruby is a feminist, a lover, but still a teenaged guy. Yet, his loyalty and dedication is unrivaled.

Additional Information About Ruby

 


Danny Ramirez As Mario

Mario (Danny Ramirez) after he had a fight with his girlfriend.
Mario (Danny Ramirez)

Character Introduction

First Noted In Season 1/ Episode 1 “Chapter 1”

Mario is Ruby’s older brother who is currently going to state college.

Additional Information About Mario

  • For reasons not noted, Oscar respects Mario.
  • Mario went to Berkeley.

 


Julio Macias As Oscar

Oscar staring at Ruby.

Character Introduction

First Noted In Season 1/ Episode 1 “Chapter 1”

Oscar is Cesar’s older brother, also known as Spooky, and is the leader of the 19th street gang, The Santos. He is also a pedophile, by means of wanting Monse, who is underage and has only been out of jail for roughly 6 weeks.

Additional Information About Oscar

Season 1

  • Oscar already has two strikes against him.
  • He raised Cesar since their mom wasn’t reliable enough to raise his little brother properly.
  • Was locked up at Corcoran.
  • Was spelling bee champ during 7th and 8th grade, and wanted to go to the magnet school in Pasadena with the ultimate goal being becoming a cook.
  • It’s revealed Oscar played a role in the truce between the Santos and Prophets.

 


Eme Ikwuakor As Dwayne

Dwayne (Eme Ikwuakor) hearing Jamal made varsity - which was a lie.
Dwayne (Eme Ikwuakor)

Character Introduction

First Noted In Season 1/ Episode 1 “Chapter 1”

Dwayne is Jamal’s dad who was a football legend in high school. However, after an injury, he ended up just opening up a family business – cooking barbecue and relying on Jamal to pick up where he left off.

Additional Information About Dwayne

 


Jahking Guillory As Latrelle

Latrelle (Jahking Guillory) taking Ruby's money.
Latrelle (Jahking Guillory)

Character Introduction

First Noted In Season 1/ Episode 1 “Chapter 1”

Latrelle is a local hoodlum who is part of The Prophets that bullies Ruby, Jamal, and Monse.

Additional Information About Latrelle

 


Jessica Marie Garcia As Jasmine

Meet your new Joi.

Character Introduction

First Noted In Season 1/ Episode 1 “Chapter 1”

The eccentric Jasmine is often ostracized because she is a bit much. Mind you, she is very friendly and sweet, but she is also ghetto in ways Jamal, Monse, and Ruby don’t seem to want to be associated with. Well, unless they are fighting with one another or need one more person for what they are trying to do.

Additional Information About Jasmine

  • She comes from a family of cops.
  • Her dad is an Afghanistan veteran and it appears something happened to him which largely leaves him unresponsive.

 


Brett Gray As Jamal

Jamal flipping off Chivo.

Character Introduction

First Noted In Season 1/ Episode 1 “Chapter 1”

A bit skittish, and definitely not someone you want to tell a secret to, Jamal is the oddball of the group. He believes conspiracy theories, is a bit of a pessimist, and while he can’t keep your secrets, he expects you to keep his. Like him not liking football because he fears CTE, among other things.

Additional Information About Jamal

  • Jamal’s storyline in season one mostly involves around finding the money left behind in RollerWorld.
  • His grandmother lives in Tennessee.
  • Jamal can usually keep secrets, at max, for 9 hours.
  • Is 14 in season 1.
  • We learn Jamal’s birthday is August 12th, 2004.
  • 3.2: Is noted to be 15 years old.


Ronni Hawk As Olivia

Olivia (Ronni Hawk) talking to Ruby.
Olivia (Ronni Hawk)

Character Introduction

First Noted In Season 1/ Episode 2 “Chapter 2”

When Olivia is introduced to us, her parents are recently deported and she is noted as Ruby’s play cousin, by means of his mom. But she becomes much more than that as time goes on.

Additional Information About Olivia

  • She is originally from Houston, TX.

 


Peggy Ann Blow As Abuelita Marisol

Abuelita noting she feels like a side piece.

Character Introduction

First Noted In Season 1/ Episode 2 “Chapter 2”

Ruby’s grandmother, who he makes it seem is from Mexico, is a dressmaker. Also, despite being Ruby’s grandmother, she ends up closer to Jamal, by the end of the first season, than her grandson.

Additional Information About Abuelita Marisol

  • Has been smoking weed since 1983

 


Paula Garces As Geny

Geny's (Paula Garces) face after telling Ruby to do something and him give her excuses.
Geny (Paula Garces)

Character Introduction

First Noted In Season 1/ Episode 2 “Chapter 2”

Ruby’s mother who clearly runs the household.

Additional Information About Geny

  • From what it appears, Geny doesn’t work a regular 9-5 schedule.

 


Angela E. Gibbs As Rosé

Rosé, with a gun, telling Jamal he better come correct for she feels like he is casing her place.

Character Introduction

First Noted In Season 1/ Episode 4 “Chapter 4”

Frankie’s ex, and a former Soul Train dancer who lives in Brentwood, California. She also has a gold record and a #1 to her name.

Additional Information About Rosé

  • She gives Jamal information about Frankie and his friend Benito, who stole the RollerWood money and gives him information about Lil’ Ricky.
    • Frankie, Benito, and Lil’ Ricky started the Freeridge Santos.
    • Frankie was a football player.
    • Lil’ Ricky took Santos from street hustlers to major players.

 


Lisa Marcos As Julia Whitman (Selena)

Julia (Lisa Marcos) talking to Monse.
Julia (Lisa Marcos)

Character Introduction

First Noted In Season 1/ Episode 4 “Chapter 4”

Julia is Monse’s mom who abandoned her when she was 2 and later on had additional children.

Additional Information About Julia

  • She’s a published author.
    • One of her books is a sci-fi YA novel and the next one is planned to be a memoir.
  • When she originally left, she went to New York.
  • Her children, outside of Monse, are Cooper and Hayden.
  • She lived in Paris for a year.
  • It’s revealed in season 2 that she changed her name to Julia from Selena.
  • She has two sisters who she hasn’t spoken to in years.

 


Raushanah Simmons As Fran

Jamal's Mom (Raushanah Simmons) talking to him after the lockdown.
Fran (Raushanah Simmons)

Character Introduction

First Noted In Season 1/ Episode 6 “Chapter 6”

Like Jamal’s father, Jamal’s mom is a huge sports fan. She also is raising Jamal to be a proper kid. As in, he isn’t allowed to curse in her household.

Additional Information About Jamal’s Mom

  • 3.4: Her name, Fran, finally gets mentioned

 


Rob Murat As Coach Ron

Coach (Rob Murat) looking bewildered as Ruby harasses him.
Coach (Rob Murat)

Character Introduction

First Noted In Season 1/ Episode 6 “Chapter 6”

The football coach for the Freeridge football team.

Additional Information About Coach

 


Reggie Austin As Monty

Monse and her father Monty hugging.
Monty (Reggie Austin)

Character Introduction

First Noted In Season 1/ Episode 6 “Chapter 6”

Monty is Monse’s father who has mostly raised her by himself. Which has been hard for him since he is often on the road and thus isn’t physically there for his daughter like he wants. Yet, despite that, Monse knows that is how money comes into the household so while not happy, she doesn’t flip out on him too much about it.

Additional Information About Monty

  • Monty’s father was a Prophet as were many of the people who raised him.

 


Emilio Rivera As Chivo

Chivo (Emilio Rivera) as Jamal tries to get flowers for Olivia's quince.
Chivo (Emilio Rivera)

Character Introduction

First Noted In Season 1/ Episode 7 “Chapter 7”

Chivo runs Mr. Greenthumb Nursery and is the cousin of Lil’ Ricky. Also, he is someone who has a deep relationship with a gone named Julio. Someone, or rather something, who he had previous issues with due to Julio thinking Chivo stole his woman Juanita.

Additional Information About Chivo

  • Lil’ Ricky helped Chivo start Mr. Greenthumb nursey.
    • We also learn Lil’ Ricky was against violence.
  • It’s revealed the names of his gnomes are that of the people who died in his life with Lil’ Ricky not having his own gnome for his spirit lives in all of them.
  • Chivo makes fake IDs on the side.

 

Shoshana Bush As Amber

Amber (Shoshana Bush) drinking a big gulp.
Amber (Shoshana Bush)

Character Introduction

First Noted In Season 2, Episode 1 “Chapter 11” 

Amber is a girl Mario got pregnant in college who, with being kicked out of her parent’s home, now lives in Geny’s. Which gets on Geny’s nerves since Amber tries to be culturally sensitive, sometimes, but it often just comes out being low-key offensive.

Additional Information About Amber


Brent Werzner As Officer Hamill

Officer Hamill (Brent Wezner) driving shotgun.
Officer Hamill (Brent Wezner)

Character Introduction

First Noted In Season 2, Episode 2 “Chapter Twelve”

First actually seen in season 1, giving advice to Cesar about Monse, Officer Hamill shows up again in season 2 and it’s revealed his life is a bit of a mess by Jasmine. He has issues with his ex-wife, who took half his money, and that is giving him issues with his current girlfriend for losing that money leads to fears of commitment.

Additional Information About Officer Hamill

 


Kendra Michelle As Angelica

Angelica (Kendra Michelle) listening to Mario recap his life.
Angelica (Kendra Michelle)

Character Introduction

First Noted In Season 2, Episode 5 “Chapter Fifteen”

Angelica is Mario’s old flame who broke up with him before college. However, upon meeting again, months later, it shows their flame is still hot.

Additional Information About Angelica


Belita Moreno As Rosario

Rosario (Belita Moreno) trying to heal Marisol's arthritis.
Rosario (Belita Moreno)

Character Introduction

First Noted In Season 2, Episode 5 “Chapter Fifteen”

A local curandera, she and Marisol have beef since she sold her bad weed in the 80s.

Additional Information About Rosario


Maleah Ann Goldberg As Paula

Paula (Maleah Ann Goldberg) reassuring Cesar that he isn't a bad person.

Paula (Maleah Ann Goldberg)

Character Introduction

First Noted In Season 2, Episode 5 “Chapter Fifteen”

Paula works at Dwayne’s and she is the first girl Cesar talks to, and hooks up with, after he and Monse break up.

Additional Information About Paula


Dana Gaier As Sahara

Sahara (Dana Gaier) in On My Block.
Sahara (Dana Gaier)

Character Introduction

First Noted In Season 2, Episode 6 “Chapter Sixteen”

Sahara is one of Monse’s friends in Brentwood who advises Jamal about how to launder money.

Additional Information About Sahara


Brooke Sorenseon As Jane

Jane (Brooke Sorenson) puffing out her face.
Jane (Brooke Sorenson)

Character Introduction

First Noted In Season 2, Episode 6 “Chapter Sixteen”

Jane is another of Monse’s friends in Brentwood who finds herself hanging out with Ruby a good portion of the night. Including showing off her breast reduction to him.

Additional Information About Jane

 

Cuchillos (Ada Luz Pla-williams)

Cuchillos (Ada Luz Pla) in her home, talking to the kids.
Cuchillos (Ada Luz Pla)

Introduced In: On My Block: Season 3 Episode 1 “Chapter Twenty-One”

The head of the Santos gang, and Lil’ Ricky’s ex, who tasks the kids, in season 3, with finding him since her women’s intuition says he is alive.

Additional Information About The Character

Quotes From The Character

Ray (Ian Casselberry)

Oscar and Cesar's Father (Ian Casselberry) getting off a bus.
Oscar and Cesar’s Father (Ian Casselberry)

Introduced In: On My Block: Season 3 Episode 1 “Chapter Twenty-One”

Oscar and Cesar’s father who just gets out of jail in the season 3 premiere.

Additional Information About The Character

Quotes From The Character

Kendra (Troy Leigh-Anne Johnson)

Unknown (Troy Leigh-Anne Johnson) mimicking Jamal.
Unknown (Troy Leigh-Anne Johnson)

Character Description (Introduced In: On My Block: Season 3 Episode 2 “Chapter Twenty-Two”)

A girl who reveals that she has a crush on Jamal, and pursues being with him.

Additional Information About The Character

Quotes From The Character

How Does Season 1 End for the Characters of Netflix’s On My Block

Cesar & Monse

After Monse ducking and dodging being public about her feelings for Cesar, during Olivia’s quince they finally become official.

Ruby & Olivia

In the end, Ruby got his girl after many a gallant effort. Unfortunately, due to Cesar showing Latrelle mercy, he and Olivia are shot with their fates to be revealed in season 2 (trailers make it seem Ruby lives but Olivia… well)

Mario

Mario is alive and well and, like Ruby, a bit girl crazy.

Oscar

When we last see Oscar he is pushing Cesar to handle his business with Latrelle so his dreams of becoming an architect, buying a house on a beach, and getting his brother a restaurant can come true.

Dwayne & Jamal’s Mom

In the end, though they would love for Jamal to continue his father’s legacy, they don’t press him on it.

Latrelle

Despite giving him the chance to run, and live with family in Florida, Latrelle instead decides to shoot up Olivia’s quince – aiming for Cesar but hitting Ruby and Olivia.

Jasmine

Due to getting sick, she misses Olivia’s quince and all the drama.

Jamal

After being sent on a scavenger hunt for some old chocolate, Jamal finds the real RollerWorld money underneath the football field turf.

Abuelita

Abuelita, a bit high, is around when Latrelle shoots up Olivia’s party.

Geny

She is present, and freaking out, after her son is shot.

Rosé

We don’t see her after the episode she is introduced in.

Julia

After meeting Julia, and her making it clear she is likely Monse’s mom, we don’t see her again. In fact, Monse unfriends her on Facebook – using her fake account.

Coach

Outside of the football game, we don’t see Coach.

Monty

As during most of the season, Monty is on the road.

Chivo

When we last see Chivo, he is still in a hospital bed recovering from Jamal destroying one of his gnomes in front of him.

How Does Season 2 End For The Characters of Netflix’s On My Block?

Monse, Ruby, Jamal, Cesar

After Monse reveals she is going to an all-girls school in New Hampshire, which none of the boys believe, they all get kidnapped.

Jasmine

While we see a lot of growth from Jasmine, she is still her wonderfully weird self and is yelling at some boy for not responding to her nude pictures.

Oscar

With him, alongside Cesar, planting dirty money on the Prophet$, and them being arrested in masse, he may finally have peace. As well as Ruby who learns Latrelle was taken down in the raid.

Mario

After the Amber debacle, he heads back to school. No word of whether he tried to reconcile with Angelica.

Geny, Ruben Sr., Dwayne, Jamal’s Mom, Monty

All the parents are just fine.

Julia (Selena)

After Monse tells her off and questions if she would have taken her if she was light skinned, we don’t see or hear from Julia again. She isn’t even noted as sending a text message.

Abuelita (Marisol)

Jamal’s confidant and biggest supporter reveals that her support shouldn’t be taken too seriously. She is someone who believes in UFOs, even claims she was abducted, and the chupacabra so her belief system is rather liberal.

Officer Hamill

It isn’t made clear if his relationship drama clears up, but we do know he is still on the force.

Coach Ron

Despite Jamal running off and not paying what was due for the football field, we don’t see him nag Jamal about it after the Valentine’s Day party.

Rosario, Paula, Sahara, Jane

We don’t see any of these women after their intial appearance. Rosario doesn’t get a follow up visit, Paula doesn’t come around and say she is pregnant, and the girls never leave Brentwood.


General Information

  • Roughly, everyone is around the age of 14 in season 1.
  • The two main gangs of Freeridge, a neighborhood within Los Angeles, are The Prophet$ (mostly Black or Afro-Latinx) and The Santos (Predominantly Hispanic/Latinx).
  • According to Monse, she and the guys have been friends since 4th grade but it is revealed that Cesar has known Ruby since Kindergarten.
  • Monse allegedly kissed Ruby in 7th grade and Jamal in the 6th.

Notable Locations

Rollerwood

Where a massive amount ($250,000) of money was allegedly hidden in the 80s by Lil’ Ricky.

Freeridge High

The school everyone in the cast goes to in the town of Freeridge.

Brentwood

A local suburb, where Julia and Rose live, that is the complete opposite of Freeridge.

Review Summary

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I started Wherever I Look back in 2011 and from movies, TV, the occasional book, play, and Broadway show, have been trying to bridge the gap between a critic and an avid lover of various forms of media.

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