Xochitl Gomez is a Mexican-American actress, played Marvel superhero America Chavez in the 2022 film 'Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.'
Who Is Xochitl Gomez?
Xochitl Gomez began acting when she was five years old, when her mother enrolled her in a musical theater class. She later appeared in 22 full-length musicals. Her acting credits also include commercials, film roles, and television appearances. At the age of 12, she portrayed Dawn Schafer in a Netflix remake of "The Babysitters Club." Gomez was cast as Marvel superhero America Chavez in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness in 2020. Chavez is a queer Latina who made her first appearance in comics in 2011. Gomez, who is of Mexican descent, has been delighted to contribute to the expansion of onscreen representation.
Xochitl Gomez was born on what date?
On April 29, 2006, Xochitl Gomez was born in Los Angeles, California.
How to Say Xochitl Gomez's First Name
Xochitl's name is pronounced "Soh-chee."
Xochitl Gomez Early Life
Gomez grew up in Hollywood until she was five years old, when she moved to Los Angeles' Echo Park neighborhood. Her parents are of Mexican descent—her father is from Morelos, Mexico, and her mother is from Los Angeles—and she was raised speaking Spanish.
Gomez grew up playing with other kids of Mexican descent and having a Mexican babysitter. She didn't, however, see her world reflected in the media she consumed. In 2022, she told Teen Vogue, "I grew up rarely seeing girls on-screen who looked like me or shared my culture."
Start as an Actress
Gomez began acting when she was five years old, when her mother enrolled her in a musical theater class. The Little Mermaid was her first stage appearance. "I loved being on stage," she said of her experience.
Gomez had appeared in 22 full-length musicals by the age of 12. At the age of ten, she began auditioning for commercials. Her early credits include around 13 student films.
"Every day after school, my mother would drive me around Los Angeles for hours, taking me to auditions. We'd have four or five a day at times, it was insane "Gomez spoke highly of her mother, who was extremely supportive of her acting career. Gomez's mother quit her job to be more available for her daughter as she became busier.
Gomez landed a lead role as Dawn Schafer in Netflix's reboot of "The Baby-Sitters Club" in 2019. She was pleased that the character's ethnicity had been changed in order to make the show more diverse. "Latina girls tell me that it means so much to finally see someone who looks like them on TV," she said in a 2020 interview.
Joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe
Gomez auditioned for an upcoming Marvel project in February 2020, despite the fact that the character was 18 and she was only 13 at the time. Six months later, at her second audition, Gomez learned that the character had been made younger, and she believed she now had a better chance of landing the role.
Gomez prepared for the second audition by adding kickboxing and stunt training to her already rigorous workout routine. According to Entertainment Weekly, she did this "so that if I got a test audition, I could blow their minds."
Gomez was officially cast as America Chavez, the popular Latina American LGBTQ+ character who first appeared in Marvel comics in 2011. She was cast a few days after screen testing in London with Benedict Cumberbatch.
In October 2020, it was announced that Gomez would play Chavez in the upcoming film Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. She was the first Mexican-American adolescent to portray a superhero in the Marvel cinematic universe.
Gomez told People en Espaol that she was thrilled to play the role. "She is a strong, intelligent, charismatic, and queer Latina. People will feel seen in a way they have never felt before because she is on screen and important to the story. I'm looking forward to the day when this kind of representation is the norm."
Gomez was 14 at the time of filming, the same age as her character. She held her own in scenes alongside stars such as Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, and Benedict Wong.
The only drawback to the role was that it prevented Gomez from appearing in the second season of "The Baby-Sitters Club." The series was being shot in Canada at the same time as the film was being shot in England, and the COVID-19 pandemic made flying between the two countries impossible.
Xochitl Gomez on Social Media
Chavez's two mothers appear in one scene of Multiverse of Madness. Because of this content, the film was banned in countries such as Saudi Arabia and China.
Gomez was relieved that the scene had not been cut. Her connection to the content, however, sparked online vitriol, and her TikTok account was temporarily suspended. "I got my TikTok back, and I posted a TikTok because I know I have a large young following," Gomez explained. "So I thought it was only right to post a TikTok of [me saying] nothing can break me down, I'm going to stay strong, just keep going because it's extremely important for young teenagers to have a positive role model."
Xochitl Gomez Movies and TV Shows
Gomez, in addition to her roles in "The Babysitters Club" and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, also appeared in Netflix's "Gentefied" (2020). She has also appeared in the TV show 'You're the Worst' (2014), the action film Shadow Wolves (2019), and the romantic film Roped (2020).
Xochitl Gomez Future Plans
Gomez intends to stay in the entertainment industry. "I want to direct, write, edit, and act in a film or on television." "I know I have to start now, writing tiny films and getting started," she said in 2020.
She reflected on her goals in 2022. "I've been thinking about what the other Marvel actors have done, including indie films and large-scale stage productions. I'm considering following in their footsteps, but I do have some ideas for music videos that I'd like to shoot for artists that I admire, simply because many of the directors I admire began in music videos. So that seems like a good place to start. I'm also directing my own dance videos and montages through TikTok. That brings me so much joy."