Meet our new boy crush Xolo Maridueña! You probably know him as the adorable boy from Parenthood, but now he is an awesome Cobra in Cobra Kai, The Karate Kid Sequel, where he gets to work alongside Ralph Macchio (The original Karate Kid) How cool is that! Check out Cobra Kai on YouTube Red if you haven’t already! We were so excited we got a chance to chat with him and find out more about him and his new show!
Tell us about your character Miguel in Cobra Kai, The Karate Kid Sequel?
Miguel is a very normal high schooler who is put into an abnormal set of situations, he goes from being a shy timid kid who struggles through bullying into a young, confident Cobra! He has a very unique situation at home and fortunately is able to use the teachings of Cobra Kai as an outlet for all his daily hurdles.
What was is like working with Ralph Macchio (The original Karate Kid)?
Ralph is such a nice guy. We had a handful of scenes together but I was able to see him often outside of filming and got to learn about his life outside of The Karate Kid which was something I couldn’t have dreamed of a year ago. He is so immensely humble, which honestly took me by surprise considering just how important he is to people everywhere.
How are you and Miguel similar? How are you different?
Miguel and I are similar in the sense that we both have very addictive personalities. The difference is my addiction lies mainly in music and listening and involving myself with playing the drums while Miguel is heavily involved in Cobra Kai. I relate to him on a number of levels when it comes to the high school experience. I go to an all-boys school, so the friend dynamic is very different but I definitely know what it feels like to be the odd man out.
Can you tell us about the training for your character, did you have to learn Karate?
In order to prepare for the role of Miguel, there was a lot of training that went through during the four months of filming, and being that I hadn’t practiced Karate in 10+ years, it was very hard to get back into the groove of things. Luckily for me, our trainer/stunt coordinator Hiro (who is up for an Emmy for stunts for Cobra Kai) made sure that everyone was in the right hands in order to pull off all of the fight scenes. Stretching is the biggest thing to remember. Without loose muscles, everything else becomes so much harder.
Mike Sherm is constantly in my rotation nowadays, his music is great to blast in the car.
“Nice for What” by Drake is my second favorite single of his, but with the Lauryn Hill sample in the background, the great drum sample and the catchy lyrics, I can’t help it but to scream the lyrics every time.
Up, it is one of those movies that will stand the test of time forever, it’s a movie I’ll never get angry to have to watch again. The characters are just so great, not to mention the first ten minutes of that movie get me crying more than anything else.
Captain Crunch, I know it doesn’t really count as a snack but it is so delicious, not to mention my nickname my whole life has been Crunch, so it’s only fitting.
Shameless and Brooklyn Nine Nine are my favorite shows on right now. The writing and actors in those shows are so good. I would love to be a part of those shows, they come from two totally different genres and because of that I like them for different reasons but they are shows I’ll never get bored of watching.
Dream concert ticket (any band, any decade)?
I’d love to go to a Maroon 5 concert, I’m a huge fan of their music and I heard they are super talented live.
Three people—dead or alive, real or fictional—that you’d like to invite to dinner?
Drake, Elon Musk and Kurt Cobain. I’m not too sure how that would work in terms of what we would talk about but I like them all individually so, having them all together at the same time would be wild.
Do you have a party trick?
I am stupidly good at memorizing rap lyrics, I know almost every song in my library by heart, I don’t memorize them on purpose but I listen to all these songs so much that it just comes naturally
Tell us a secret?
Soul food is my favorite type of food.
What does popular mean to you?
Being “popular” means being able to use your platform to change yourself and others around you for the better, simple as that.
Can you tell us about any shows or projects you have coming up?
Outside of Cobra Kai, there are some animated projects I’m working on soon that you can check out when more info comes out!