This fourth season of Weeds on Showtime has taken a direction south of the border -- Tijuana, Mexico to be more exact. Along with the move come roles for several Latinos this season. Mexican actor Demian Bichir plays Esteban, Nancy Botwin's (Mary-Louise Parker) love interest. Enrique Castillo plays Esteban's level-headed right hand man, Cesar.
For the most part Castillo usually plays characters pursing the criminals selling drugs. This time he is involved in helping a suburban pot-dealing, twice-widowed Nancy Botwin support her family by transporting pot across the border. His cover, a mechanic who is just doing his job...and then some. But, according to executive producer Jengi Kohan, Nancy is no longer just dabbling in dealing pot, "She's a drug dealer climbing ever higher on the ladder of her chosen profession."
"It's true, Latinos are usually given the stereotypical role of drug-dealers. However in this show it's all about equality. They have the main character, an Anglo suburbanite dealing drugs as well," said Castillo. "They also picked a hotbed issue, setting the story at the border with all that is currently happening in Tijuana."
But Nancy finds more than pot on her trips to Tijuana. She finds love with Esteban (Bichir) who also happens to be the mayor of Tijuana, and this makes for complicated work/love dynamics. However, Cesar (Castillo) is there to handle all the arrangements for love to flourish and drugs to flow.
Castillo has shot six episodes, the first of which aired on June 23rd (repeating June 26, 27 & 28) with more on order. Weeds airs Mondays, at 10 pm EST on Showtime. Castillo is repped by David Shaul at Bauman, Redanty & Shaul.