‘Midnight’ madness’: Bernardo Saracino steps into another world

Bernardo Saracino is stepping into the supernatural world of “True Blood” author Charlaine Harris — as part of one of the most diverse casts on television.

The New Mexico-born actor makes his debut on NBC’s “Midnight, Texas” on July 24 alongside cast members Jason Lewis, Yul Vazquez, Francois Arnaud, Parisa Fitz-Henley, Sarah Ramos, Arielle Kebbel and Dylan Bruce.

Based on the Harris novels of the same name, this motley crew of supernatural beings makes its home in a small Texas town — where residents include witches, an angel and a vampire — as they attempt to solve a murder.

“‘Midnight, Texas’ does a great job of representing not only American audiences but also global audiences and how diverse the world truly is,” Saracino tells Viva. “NBC is definitely one of the most, if not the most, diverse network on television right now and it’s a huge honor to be a part of this process. Even the supernatural beings represented on the show are diverse.”

Saracino, a former high school teacher, is mostly recognized for his role in the Benicio Del Toro thriller “Sicario,” where he played a drug dealer.

His character Chuy Strong on “Midnight, Texas” is a completely different role to any he’s ever played before — Chuy is a manicurist married to a man named Joe.

The show is about so much more than a group of supernatural beings,” Saracino says. “It’s also about family. It’s a town where outsiders can fit in. Joe and Chuy are definitely part of that world. They’re just two men full of heart and compassion that found love against all odds.”


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