BWW Interview: CHICO'S ANGELS' Bossman Alejandro Patino's Much More Than Just A Secondary Character
Chico's Angels, Los Angeles cult favorite Latina drag queens, will be celebrating their Quinceanera with their Hawaiian episode CHICO'S ANGELS 5: WAIKIKI CHICAS at The Colony Theater November 15 through 18, 2018. Angels Kay Sedia, Frieda Laye, Chita Parol will be escorted and protected by their ever-present Bossman. We had the opportunity to chat with Bossman a.k.a Alejandro Patino between his CHICO's rehearsals and his film festival hopping for his indie film Papa Chulo.
Thank you for taking the time for this interview, Alejandro!
So, what crazy forces of nature brought you and Chico's Angels together? And that was four years ago?
Actually it was 14 years ago. A friend called me about the openings for Bossman and Frieda roles. As soon as I read Bossman, they said, "You're in!" It's been grand ever since.
Did you originally attempt to channel Bosley when you were developing Bossman?
Never thought of him really... As we performed thru the , Bossman and the Girls found their connection. As they realized that Bossman was a song and dance man also, they gave me a bit more to do as well as the love connection with Chita Parol.
I've seen you flirting with Chita Parol. Who's you're favorite Charlie's Angels?
I really liked Kate Jackson beautiful, smart and brunette. I guess that's why Chita is a choice for Bossman.
You're reprising CHICO'S ANGELS 5: WAIKIKI CHICAS. Do you get to spice up your Bossman detectiving in Hawaii again? Or is your Bossman pretty much set as you've played him before?
To be honest, this will be my first time doing WAIKIKI CHICAS. My understudy Daniel Mora actually stepped in while I was away working as the Spokesperson for Popeye's Chicken. So it will be the real Bossman performing this time.
How much rehearsal time do you get for each episode?
Rehearsal??? LOL! We usually have a week, week-and-a-half for the previous shows since we perform them so frequently. This coming WAIKIKI CHICAS will be on a three-week schedule. Our largest cast and more song-and-dance numbers.
Do pieces of Bossman's wardrobe come from your closet or your shopping trips?
All of Bossman's wardrobe came out of my closet. I used to do a bit of background work which had me playing quite a few similar roles... I usually play the Mexican... (fill in blank here).
How would you describe Bossman's taste in clothes?
Like the show, it reflects the times. 70s cholo. LOL!
I've seen a number of Chico's Angels shows. You're usually not on stage as much as three Angels. What do you do with your off-stage time between Bossman's entrances? Or is that a secret?
No secret. Just hanging out for my next entrance or changing wardrobe.
You'll be celebrating Chico's Angels Quinceanera at a new venue for you, the Colony Theatre, instead of your usual haunt the Cavern Theatre in Casita del Campo. More stage space for you all to cover. Will your ship railings be longer? Your dance moves bigger? Your Angel Hunks hunkier?
Yes, it will be different for churros! Can't really say until we start rehearsing on the stage.
How has travelling to film festivals and premieres for your new film Papi Chulo been going?
Been living the life of the actor for reals! Papi Chulo is going to be a great film to see. The festivals have been very positive with their reviews. Can't wait to get distributed so you can all experience it. Love our writer/director John Butler and, of course, my cohort Matt Bomer. What a great opportunity.! It will be a life changer.
Any similarities between your distinctly different characters of Bossman and Papi Chulo's Ernesto? (sense of humor, humanity, handy with his hands)
Big difference. Ernesto is grounded in truth of reality. While Bossman is big and caricatured in CHICO'S. Ernesto is a family man with a heart of gold and does what needs to be done for his family. Bossman does all he can to keep the girls in check and safe. As well as, being the straight man in the show. Both figuratively and physically. LOL.
So, what's next for Bossman? A new CHICO'S ANGELS, EPISODE 6?
We can only hope. What we are striving for is to shoot our feature script. So if anyone out there reading this has or knows someone with a couple million pesos lying around, and want to make a few Cholas & Cholos really happy; send them our way. We can use the money.
What's next for Alejandro?
Well, for me I have, of course, Papi Chulo and a Cohen Brothers film which will run on Netflix, from what I heard, November 16th -The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. As well as, a web series, we are in development. Which means we are crowd-funding for #funnybrownpeople. Where we take the usual secondary characters of a maintenance man and his housekeeper, wife and kids, and make them the lead characters. Follow them through life, trying to make it work in our America today. Making them real people. Not your stereotypical fare. Check out www.funnybrownpeople.com
Thank you again, Alejandro! I look forward to seeing how you manage your Angels at the Colony.
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