Good news for worldly lovers of Netflix. The streaming platform is quickly becoming global thanks to its growing international roster. With successful Australian series like Instant Hotel and Back with the Ex, as well as their impressive number of Spanish-speaking shows, the platform is well on its way to conquering the world.
The imaginative show delivers breakout performances from some of the youngest and most talented Latin American actors. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the show’s premiere.
What is Siempre Bruja about?
The bruja in pop culture is set to live on with this Colombian series that follows a 19-year-old slave and witch, Carmen, who’s about to be burned at the stake in colonial Cartagena for falling in love with a white man.
With the help of an old wizard, she can escape her doomed fate. Carmen has the option to travel to a time and place where people no longer believe in witches (aka present day), on one condition: she must promise to never use her bruja powers.
When she agrees, she’s transported to modern-day Colombia, where she makes new friends, learns about internet apps, and has to kind of make a new life for herself in 2019, while adjusting to the fact that 1646, for her, was just yesterday.
But as the title suggests, once a witch, always a witch — and Carmen has to contend with her powers while trying to fit into present-day society.
Who is Angely Gaviria?
The starring role of Carmen is brought to life by newcomer Angely Gaviria, an Afro-Colombian model, dancer, and actress originally from Cartagena, who’s currently living in Bogotá.
Before appearing on Siempre Bruja, Angely played small roles in Colombian productions such as Niche, La Selección, 2091, and Los Morales before landing the recurring part of Julia Cervantes in the telenovela Pambelé.
“Siempre Bruja is a series about love,” the protagonist told El País in Spanish. “Without its magic, there’s no point to the struggle. Carmen takes risks for love, there’s no other reason.”
“I would have never imagined playing a witch,” the young actress says in the same interview. She calls her character Carmen “empowered, decisive and lovable.”
Angely is also hopeful that her starring role will bring other Afro-Latino actors into the spotlight. “We’re used to seeing Black talent in secondary roles… but things are changing because our Afro history is gaining a space in Colombia and in the whole world,” she added.
Where is Siempre Bruja filmed?
As viewers will notice from the gorgeously colorful backgrounds of the series, Siempre Bruja was filmed entirely in Colombia. Locations span Bogotá, Cartagena, and Honda — small area in the Andean region of Tolima.
The landscapes look so stunning and beautiful, this series will have you looking up flights to Colombia.
Will there be a Season 2 of Siempre Bruja?
Slow your roll, people! Season 1 hasn’t even come out yet. As for a second season, it’s still early days and we expect the people at Netflix want to see how this series performs before ordering another batch of episodes.
So, if you’re so desperate for a second season, the best way to ensure that happens is by binge-watching when Siempre Bruja hits Netflix on February 1.