"A Latina friend told me about a call she got from her nephew, who's 11 years old. He called up just so joyful. He said 'We're in the future, we're in the future! I saw it! I saw 'Battlestar Galactica.' For that child at that moment, seeing their culture, themselves in a position of being in the future was so needed. Like a glass of water in the middle of the desert. You are so grateful that you can't even stand it."
About This Interview
In his three-hour Archive interview, Edward James Olmos talks about his early interests in baseball and Rock and Roll music, which led to his life-long love of performing for audiences. He recalls his first major acting role in the play "Zoot Suit," which was a smash hit in Los Angeles before going to Broadway. He chronicles his early acting roles on television, including guest spots on Kojak and Hawaii Five-O and talks of his first feature film "Aloha Bobby and Rose." Olmos recalls his reluctance to be cast as "Martin Castillo" on Miami Vice, a role which led to critical accolades and an Emmy win in 1986. He recounts his tumultuous time on that show and outlines his time on the Latino-themed series American Family. He speaks in depth about the lack of diversity on American television and describes what he sees for the then-future of Latinos on television. Finally he speaks of his role as "Admiral William Adama" on the remake of Battlestar Galactica and explains the show's ongoing relevance to audiences. Nancy Harrington conducted the interview on May 14, 2013 in Encino, California.