Julissa Calderon Reveals the Most Romantic (and Unconventional) Thing That's Ever Been Done For Her

Julissa Calderon Reveals the Most Romantic (and Unconventional) Thing That's Ever Been Done For Her

In our Q&A series POPSUGAR Crush, we get to know some of our favorite celebs’ more intimate details — from their first celebrity crush to the best love advice they’ve ever received. This month, we’re crushing on Gentefied star Julissa Calderon.

Yessika is ready for a new chapter on season two of Gentefied. After breaking things off with Ana (Karrie Martin Lachney), Yessika is starting to make herself a priority and focus on what she wants out of life. For Julissa Calderon, the actress behind Yessika, it was humanizing for her to see Yessika finally loosen up a bit. “In season one, Ana was her priority and the community was her priority and she struggled between the two,” Julissa told POPSUGAR. “Yes, she’s still about her community, but for the first time, you see her kind of let a little bit loose . . . You get to see her make a couple more jokes and you get to see her in her element. I think that was very different because we’re human, right? These characters are very human. And that’s life. We go through different times, we occupy different spaces in our lives in different times, and we got to see that from her.”

Season two was an emotional roller coaster not only because of Ana and Yessika’s breakup, but also due to Pop (Joaquín Cosío) facing deportation and the Morales family losing the taco shop. “I feel like the court scenes were very emotional, specifically episode eight, because you got to see all these people rooting for [Pop],” Julissa said. “We start the show with him coming out of jail. Then, we go to court and you end it with him [saying], ‘Listen, I belong here,’ and fighting for his life.” Those scenes in particular hit Julissa the hardest. “There are so many cases happening right now in this country [like Pop’s], from people in Haiti, Cuba, so many different places. It’s not just the Latinx market. It’s all of us, we’re all going through this. So to see that on TV and then for Yessika to be on the stand, it felt real.”

There’s no word yet on whether there will be a season three of Gentefied. But if it does get renewed, Julissa hopes Yessika and Ana figure things out, regardless of whether that means they get back together or stay broken up. “These women are in their early to mid-20s, they’re figuring themselves out,” Julissa explained. “I think Yessika loves Ana and that love is never going to go away. I think it was her first love. She introduced her to what it is to be in a queer relationship and a lesbian relationship, so I hope that they figure it out. That’s all. I don’t know if that’s figuring it out together or if it’s figuring out apart, but I want them to be very happy.” Read the rest of Julissa’s POPSUGAR Crush interview ahead.

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