A cast and character guide for the STARZ series Vida featuring who plays who, information about each character, and other noteworthy information about the show.

Please Note: This content contains pertinent spoilers, descriptions are updated as new information is presented, images changed as better ones are captured, and this is not an exhaustive list of every cast member, guest star, or reoccurring role.

Vidalia “Vida” (Rose Portillo & Aalyiah Samara Lopez)

First Noted In – Season 1, Episode 1

Brief Description

Lyn and Emma’s mother, Eddy’s wife, who is talked about in different ways depending on who talks about her. Eddy talks about her almost like she is a saint, and Lyn lovingly speaks about her, for the most part, as well. Emma? Oh, because of her sending Emma away and all that happened after, she trashed Vida consistently. Yet, later on in the series, it seems she learns to love her despite her hypocrisy.

Additional Information About Vida

  • 1.1: She dies of a brain hemorrhage.
  • 1.6: The little girl can be considered the spirit of Vida.
  • 2.3: Was born 11/7/1960 and died 11/4/2018


Monica (Karen Sours-Albisua) | Season 3/ Episode 5
Monica (Karen Sours-Albisua) flirting with Eddie.
Monica (Karen Sours-Albisua)


Lyn (Melissa Barrera)

Lynn watching Aurora clean up vomit while she is sitting in luxury feeling guilt.

First Noted In – Season 1, Episode 1

Brief Description

Carefree, bohemian, and a bit flaky, depending on who you speak to, Lyn is always up for a good time and perhaps struggles with hardship. Which makes the relationships she gets in, like with Juniper (Jackson Davis) or even her past one with Johnny complicated. Either due to a sense of dependency or because of how difficult they are to maintain long term. But, after her mother’s death, and a few tongue lashings from Emma, she tries to step up in ways she wasn’t coerced to previously.

Additional Information About Lyn

  • 1.1: Loves tacos
    • Was living in San Francisco
  • 1.3: Had breast augmentation.
  • 2.4: Did dance as a child
    • Says her mother told her to find a man as if that was her only way to survive.


Emma (Mishel Prada)

Emma Vida S2e9

First Noted In – Season 1, Episode 1

Brief Description

Lyn’s older sister, who formerly worked in Chicago and had little to no contact with either Vida or Lyn who finds herself back in Los Angeles when her mother dies. Thus stirring up old feelings since she learns her mother was in a homosexual relationship. Something that is a bit of a shock to Emma since one of the reasons her mother and her didn’t get along is because she sent her away after one of Emma’s first intimate encounters with another girl.

Thus making Emma’s journey about not just reconciling with her dead mother and her legacy, but also her orientation. A topic she isn’t big on talking about, yet she still is very much into whatever and whoever can get her off.

Additional Information About Emma

  • 1.3: Noted to usually avoid real relationships and prefers one night stands.
  • 1.4: Vida sent her to live with her abuelita in South Texas after seeing her with a girl named Lucy at 11.
    • 1.5: Emma’s grandmother was not nice and was hard on Emma. She wouldn’t even let her cry.
  • 2.3: Is nearly 30
    • Is not into public displays of affection
  • 2.4: Was born around 1991
  • 2.6: Don Fully might be her dad and, if he is, he was 20 years older than Vida when she conceived.
  • 3.1: Isn’t into fairy tales.


  • 1.5: Scars are maps of who you are.
  • 2.4: Running away builds character.

Johnny (Carlos Miranda)

Johnny looking in Lyn's eyes with pain.

First Noted In – Season 1, Episode 1

Brief Description

A mechanic by trade who has had an up and down relationship with Lyn. One that has been on and off since they were teenagers and when she comes back around, he is trying to move on. He is with someone new, but since neither has really gotten closure, chapters of their relationship end on ellipses vs. periods.

Additional Information About Johnny


Marisol “Mari” (Chelsea Rendon)

Mari after discovering Johnny cheating on his fiancee.

First Noted In – Season 1, Episode 1

Brief Description

Johnny’s little sister, who is a local advocate for Chicanos and becomes a serious thorn in the side of Lyn and Emma. Though, in time, she and Emma grow close as Emma sees bits of herself in Mari. Particularly her hustle.

Additional Information About Mari

  • 2.3: Often has multiple jobs, and at the point of season 2, episode 3, she works at the nursing home, a donut shop, and another place.
  • 3.6: Gets a job freelancing at Charged.


Eddy (Ser Anzoategui)

Eddy looking over at Vida's kids.

First Noted In –  Season 1, Episode 1

Brief Description

Vida’s wife of two years who helped her run the bar into the ground.

Additional Information About Eddy


[…] are you your country or are you your culture?
— Eddy (S3E6)

Lupe (Elena Campbell-Martinez)

Dona Lupe (Elena Campbell-Martinez) with Lyn.
Dona Lupe (Elena Campbell-Martinez)

First Noted In – Season 1/ Episode 2

Brief Description

An aunty figure to Lyn who lives in Vida’s apartments and is a card reader.

Additional Information About Lupe


Tlaloc (Ramses Jimenez)

Tlaloc saying he cares for Mari.

First Noted In – Season 1/ Episode 2

Brief Description

One of the “revolutionaries” who harass local businesses that are deemed as not doing enough for the community. Also, he becomes a love interest for Mari.

Additional Information About Tlaloc


Nelson (Luis Bordonada)


First Noted In – Season 1/ Episode 2

Brief Description

A local predatory loan shark who is perhaps the reason why Emma and Lyn have so many issues in the neighborhood. For with him being king of the coconuts, and handsy, he is all that locals hate.

Additional Information About Nelson

  • 2.7: Is 34


Cruz (Maria-Elena Laas)

Cruz noting how, despite Emma not liking sweets, she'd always let Cruz buy her one.
“You always let me buy you orejitas after school.”

First Noted In – Season 1/ Episode 2

Brief Description

One of Emma’s first girlfriends who, similar to Johnny with Lyn, she has a complicated relationship with.

Additional Information About Cruz

  • 2.2: Is a romantic


Karla (Erika Soto)

Karla conceding in the fight for Johnny's heart.
“I can’t fight you for him”

First Noted In – Season 1/ Episode 3

Brief Description

Johnny’s girlfriend who is pregnant with his child and makes the possibility of Lyn and Johnny reconnecting complicated.

Additional Information About Karla


Doña Tita (Renée Victor)

First Noted In – Season 1/ Episode 3

Brief Description

One of Eddy’s friends, who also becomes close to Emma and brings her some form of peace.

Additional Information About Dona Tita


Jackson (Anthony De La Torre) & Harper (Tru Collins)

First Noted In – Season 1/ Episode 4

Brief Description

Two rich people who invite Lyn to their mansion for a party which she has fun at, until it becomes clear that the life they give her access to won’t last forever.

Additional Information About Jackson and Harper


Aurora (Laura Patalano)

First Noted In – Season 1/ Episode 4

Brief Description

Harper and Jackson’s maid who cleans up all the shenanigans they get into and, when the party is over, is on the bus with Lyn. Which, in many ways, you can see as a turning point for her.

Additional Information About Aurora


George (Alex Klein)

First Noted In – Season 2, Episode 1 [Season Premiere]

Brief Description

Emma’s mentor in Chicago who advises against giving up her life in Chicago.

Additional Information About George


Baco Nava (Raúl Castillo)

First Noted In – Season 2, Episode 2

Brief Description

Baco is Emma’s repairman who is a friend of Rocky’s.

Additional Information About Baco


Yoli (Elizabeth De Razzo)

Yoli noting she and her family are gonna be homeless.

First Noted In – Season 2, Episode 2

Brief Description

Mari’s best friend who we learn, in the third season, is a DACA recipient.

Additional Information About Yoli


Rudy (Adrian Gonzalez)

Lyn and Rudy (Adrian Gonzalez) talking at the gym.
Lyn and Rudy (Adrian Gonzalez)

First Noted In – Season 2, Episode 3

Brief Description

A councilman whose parents are natives of Mexico and becomes Lyn’s love interest.

Additional Information About Rudy

  • 2.6: Liked to be pegged


Nicole “Nico” (Roberta Colindrez)

Nico noting she'll see Emma later.

First Noted In – Season 2, Episode 3

Brief Description

A bartender, a veteran, and also one of the first women Emma comes to trust to the point of having a relationship.

Additional Information About Nico

  • 2.5: Is Honduran and Argentinian
  • 3.2: Has been to 17 countries and did one tour in Iraq.
  • 3.5: Moved from Brooklyn, and the drama there, to focus on her writing.


Zoe (Cara Santana)

Zoe looking over her shoulder at Vida's

First Noted In – Season 2, Episode 9

Brief Description

Zoe is Nico’s ex whose home she lived in before getting with and committing to Emma.

Additional Information About Zoe


Victor (Jesse Borrego)

Victor (Jesse Borrego) talking to Lyn.
Victor (Jesse Borrego)

First Noted In – Season 3, Episode 4

Brief Description

Lyn and Emma’s father who was a piece of work when they were younger, and even was violent towards Vida. However, after being deported, and then returning to the area, he has remade himself into a man of God – with a church and everything.

Additional Information About Victor

  • 3.4: Was born 11/7/1958
    • Vida reported him for domestic abuse on 10/9/1999 when Victor was 41


Marcos (Tona Tiuh)

Marcos (Tona tiuh)
Marcos (Tona tiuh)

First Noted In – Season 1

Brief Description

One of Lyn’s best friends who is queer, highly educated, and love being amongst the validating members of their community.

Additional Information About Marcos

  • 3.3: Has a PhD and is going to be 30 soon.


Silvia (Lidia Porto)

Silvia (Lidia Porto) talking to Lyn.
Silvia (Lidia Porto)

First Noted In – Season 3, Episode 4

Brief Description

Rudy’s mother who is a influential woman in Mexico.

Additional Information About Silvia

  • 3.5: Had two miscarriages before having Rudy


General Information

Network STARZ
Creator(s) Tanya Saracho
First Aired 5/6/2018

Groups & Organizations

Vigilantes de Los Angeles

The punk ass protest group Mari is part of.

Notable Locations


The bar Lyn and Emma run together throughout the series.

Boyle Heights, Los Angeles

Where this show takes place.

Lincoln Heights

Where Victor’s church is.

Terms To Know

  • Coconut: A slur saying that someone is skin folk, meaning Brown on the outside, but isn’t kinfolk since they operate like a white person with no love for the Brown community.

Other Noteworthy Information

  • 2.6: Only two weeks passed since the season premiere.

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Vida: Season 3 - Review/ Summary with SpoilersAfter a ten-episode season in season 2, the 6 episode season 3 feels like a disservice to such a great show.
Vida: Season 3 Episode 6 [Series Finale] – Recap/ Review with SpoilersIn its series finale, we watch as a new chapter begins for many, and sadly are forced to accept we won't see how these stories play out.
Vida: Season 3 Episode 5 – Recap/ Review with SpoilersAs Lyn continues to rewrite her narrative, Emma is forced into a vulnerable position, and someone flirts with Eddy!
Vida: Season 3 Episode 4 – Recap/ Review with SpoilersLyn and Emma damn near switch places as Emma decides to let go, and Lyn gets serious about the bar, her relationship, and the trajectory her life is on.
Vida: Season 3 Episode 3 – Recap/ Review with SpoilersAs Lyn tries to see if old relationships can be renewed, Emma is trying to cleanse herself of Nico by going back to her old ways – and she isn’t alone.
Vida: Season 3 Episode 2 – Recap/ Review with SpoilersAs the possibility of Eddy finding their dad pesters Lyn, someone else’s died, and Emma learns an awful truth about Nico.
Vida: Season 3 Episode 1 “Episode 17” [Season Premiere] – Recap/ Review with SpoilersAs the bar finds itself doing better than ever, there remain so many who have the opportunity and desire to take it down, or the owners.
Vida: Season 2, Episode 10 [Season Finale] - Recap, Review (with Spoilers)You may end up in tears during the final moments of this episode as something happens to Lyn she never expected to.
Vida: Season 2, Episode 9 - Recap, Review (with Spoilers)A monkey wrench is thrown into Emma and Nico’s pending relationship as Eddy comes across some terrible news and Lyn, well she decides to be assertive.
Vida: Season 2, Episode 8 - Recap, Review (with Spoilers)While Emma continues to avoid any and all hard conversations, which don’t make her the victim, Lyn is beginning to realize how hard she makes life.
Vida: Season 2, Episode 7 - Recap, Review (with Spoilers)As Emma deals with Lyn’s betrayal, Marisol and Eddy are trying to handle being rejected by their assumed family.
Vida: Season 2, Episode 6 - Recap, Review (with Spoilers)The s*** hits the fan and may drive Emma to a panic attack.
Vida: Season 2, Episode 5 - Recap, Review (with Spoilers)As more is taken from Eddy and Emma’s memories, one can only hope they realize it is lightening their cross to bear.
Vida: Season 2, Episode 4 - Recap, Review (with Spoilers)In a rather emotional episode, Mari makes a mistake with Eddy and Emma has a bit of an emotional awakening.
Vida: Season 2, Episode 3 - Recap, Review (with Spoilers)As Emma starts thinking about how life can be now that she left Chicago, she comes to some decisions. Of which some don’t make Lyn too happy as she struggles with life.
Vida: Season 2, Episode 2 - Recap, Review (with Spoilers)As Emma slowly removes the stick out of her bum, Marisol is dealing with some interesting developments.
Vida: Season 2, Episode 1 [Season Premiere] - Recap, Review (with Spoilers)As Emma decides to double down on the bar, many question if there is still time to turn their lives around.
Vida: Season 1 - Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)
Vida: Season 1, Episode 6 [Season Finale] - Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)
Vida: Season 1/ Episode 5 - Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)
Vida: Season 1/ Episode 4 - Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)
Vida: Season 1/ Episode 3 - Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)
Vida: Season 1/ Episode 2 - Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)
Vida: Season 1/ Episode 1 [Series Premiere] - Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)

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