Working in the newsroom has helped her become a better series writer, said Claudia Forestieri, creator of the new comedy “Gordita Chronicles.”
“By day I was a full-time journalist and by night an aspiring series writer,” Forestieri told Telemundo 52, recalling the years she worked as a journalist, editor and news producer. for various Telemundo stations.
“Telemundo helped me become a TV writer. When we do news, you have to come up with stories every day, and if your story hasn’t been chosen, you can’t sit and cry about it. , you have to keep coming up with ideas, know how to meet a deadline and be able to wrap up a story quickly, so short stories prepared me well to be a TV series writer,” Forestieri said.
And though she loved being a journalist, her heart’s desire was to become a writer for a TV series, and nine years later, after years of sacrifice, tears, sleepless nights and nearly 3,000 miles from her family , the Dominican immigrant has created a series that has received support from HBO Max and actresses and executive producers, Eva Longoria and Zoe Saldaña.
IT WAS NOT EASY
“I started from scratch. I had no contact; I didn’t know anyone in this industry. I sacrificed a lot, I missed a lot of weddings, vacations, but finally my family understood.
Forestieri, who left Miami at 35, said arriving on the West Coast with a mission forced her to prepare for the challenge she was about to face. “I must have fallen in love with travel. I had to learn how to be a better writer, take classes.
THE “CHRONICLES OF GORDITA” SERIES
After being accepted into several writing programs, in 2018 Forestieri did her first work as a screenwriter, and in 2019 she collaborated on the Netflix series Selena.
Then in 2021, Just during the pandemic, HBO Max announced that it had chosen the series “Gordita Chronicles”, and that Zoe Saldaña and Eva Longoria would become the executive producers of this project.
Inspired by the life of Forestieri, ‘Gordita Chronicles’ protagonist Carlota, ‘Cucú’ Castilli (Olivia Goncalvez), is a 12-year-old girl who, along with her parents and older sister, left the Dominican Republic to pursue the American Dream in 1985 after his father, an airline marketing executive, transferred to Miami.
The series shows how the young Cucú faces the challenges of being an immigrant in a new world, showing her courage, her humor, her mischief, as well as the importance of her culture and her family.
“I wanted to write a screenplay that was personal. I was an immigrant, I wanted a better life, I had to learn a new language, a new way of life in a new country and make new friends,” Forestieri said.
“I wanted to reflect the immigrant life that is never shown, the fun side, the happy side, the positive side, and show the wonderful things about Latin culture and how our culture and American culture can come together and create a beautiful community,” she added.
The writer added that most immigrants who arrive in a new country “want a better life, they want the country to be better” and that is precisely what the series will show.
And regarding the ‘Gordita Chronicles’ title, Forestieri said, “well, I never really liked people calling me ‘gordita’ (fat girl), I actually wanted to forget that, but for Hispanics, nicknames are a term of endearment, and in English (these nicknames may sound offensive) so I embraced it, and it was important to include it because it was part of me, it defined me.”