Miguel Pinzon will be playing the vibrant character Nick Diaz on the new ABC Family comedy series Mystery Girls. Also starring Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth, the series follows two former TV show starlets who try their hands at being detectives in real life.
We spoke to Miguel about what viewers can expect when Mystery Girls premieres and what he’s looking forward to most once the show takes off.
Read on for our interview with Miguel Pinzon below:
Pop City Life: Can you talk a little about your character Nick Diaz and what attracted you to the role?
Miguel Pinzon: Nick was originally written with the last name Doyle, so I like to give props to the writers for honoring my Latino blood memory and changing his last name to Diaz. I’d say he’s around him around 21. He just moved to L.A. from Ohio, so he’s like a kid with that gleam in his eye to get to Los Angeles and be amongst all the action. He is by far, the number one Mystery Girls fan.
As you know, within the show, the girls play former 90s television stars who had a show in the 90s called Mystery Girls and he discovered the show in his youth. It’s one of those life-changing shows for him. He’s obsessed, he knows every single episode. He feels like he’s lived it through with them. So once he moves to L.A. through absurd circumstances, his crosses paths with theirs, and he becomes their assistant in the office. That is the moment where his dreams come true.
He’s an Aries. He’s determined, he’s not really afraid to say what is exactly on his mind. He’s not the world’s best assistant, but he knows when he has to work and when he doesn’t have to work. He’s just obsessed with being next to these two girls every day and he always wants to get in the middle of the action because they’re always solving these crimes, but his job is to stay behind in the office. Nick always finds a way to leave the office and join in on the action. He’s total fun. He’s also slightly crazy [laughs]. The things he does blow my mind.
PCL: Your Twitter account and tweets are amazing. How has the fan support been so far and are you looking forward to interacting with the viewers more?
Miguel: Absolutely! First of all, I am so thankful to everyone at ABC Family who explained what Twitter was to me, because it was so confusing at first. They gave me a book, pretty much like Twitter for Dummies [laughs]. I’ve become super obsessed. Anytime I have a slight amusing idea, I’m like, “I’ve got to put it on Twitter.” Everyone who has been tweeting at me about the show, people who have come up for the live taping and afterwards and have had really positive things to say, have been such a treat. I totally look forward to premiere night, I’m going to be live tweeting during the East Coast premiere. I think it’ll be really fun to actually have that direct line of communication with people watching the show and get to share the little things that you can’t tell when you’re watching the show.
What’s it like to work with Tori [Spelling] and Jennie [Garth]?
Miguel: It’s like a dream come true! First of all, I watched 90210. Donna Martin and Kelly Taylor are very specific people to me. Donna Martin at prom, the stalkers they had, all those things, I went through the emotional toll with them [laughs]. So to actually have these two actresses, who have such iconic characters and then to meet them in a very real way and to see beyond those characters, has been an absolute delight.
As you know, both the girls are Executive Producers on the show and they are doing crazy double duty. I can barely remember my lines and there they are remembering their lines and overseeing the entire show. It’s insane! It’s been a great learning lesson and a boot camp in how to make a three camera half hour comedy work.
The girls have been super—I mean they’re mothers and they have that in them and they have totally extended that energy to me and have taken care of me in the sense of like, “oh, Miguel, you’re probably going to get a laugh here, so you should learn how to pause so they can do that in post.” Or, “you’re standing in someone’s shadow, just move over slightly left.” They have totally been looking out for me and it’s just a dream to see two people who know what they’re doing firsthand make it work. I’m just taking notes!
We’d like to thank Miguel Pinzon for taking the time to answer some questions for us! Be sure to follow him on Twitter to keep up to date @MiguelAPinzon.
Mystery Girls premieres Wednesday, June 25th at 8:30/7:30c on ABC Family!