Acapulco: A telenovela the world needs

Aurora Rose Horn, Staff Writer

Some of you may know Chord Overstreet for his music, or for his role as Sam Evans in the hit show “Glee,” which aired from 2009 to 2015. A role you may not know of his, though, is the role of Chad Davies in “Acapulco.”

“Acapulco,” streaming on Apple TV Plus, is a telenovela set in 1984 that follows a young man named Maximo Gallardo, who gets the job of his dreams as a cabana boy at Las Colinas, the hottest resort in Acapulco, Mexico. The story is presented as Gallardo in his older years (played by Eugenio Derbez) telling the story of his younger days to his 14-year-old nephew Hugo (played by Raphael Alejandro).  Those of you who have seen the movie, “How To Be A Latin Lover,” may find that these two actors look familiar: they were both in that movie, and their characters were also named Maximo and Hugo. “Acapulco” is kind of a prequel to “How To Be A Latin Lover,” but also kind of not; you don’t need to have seen the movie to understand the show.

Telenovelas, to those of you who may not be familiar with them, are a type of television soap opera that are popular in Latin America. “Acapulco” checks all the boxes for a telenovela — drama, a love triangle, half of it is in Spanish (not to worry, non-Spanish-speakers, there are subtitles!). You may be asking yourself, “Why do I need to watch a telenovela set in the 80s? Why is this important today?” I could go on for hours about why you should watch “Acapulco”: from the star-studded cast to the fun 80s vibe (the resort where “Acapulco” was filmed was actually painted hot pink for the show), there are so many reasons to check it out. What drew me to it, though, was the aforementioned Davies. 

As someone who binged all of “Glee” in two weeks, rewatched it countless times since, and absolutely adores Overstreet, I’m a bit biased towards Davies, but in my opinion he’s the real main character of “Acapulco.” Davies, the general manager of Las Colinas and son of the resort owner, is ignorant but means well. At the beginning of the show it’s established that, despite having lived in Mexico for three years, he knows nothing about the country and the only Spanish he knows is “buenos nachos.” However, as the series progresses Davies tries to make an effort to learn more Spanish and to see the world outside of his mother’s resort. 

In my opinion, Davies is the best character in “Acapulco” because, aside from the fact that he’s a great comic relief character, Davies’ character journey shows us that it’s never too late to educate yourself.


Note: The story in print said that Glee ran from 2009 to 2013, but it actually ended in 2015. This has been corrected.