Dancer-creator Chachi Gonzales is bringing her acting chops to YouTube Red.
Gonzales, 21, who rose to fame for winning the MTV‘s America’s Best Dance Crew in 2011, will star in a romantic comedy series for the subscription service called Long Distance. Produced by the Latino-leaning digital media company Mitú, Long Distance is about the struggles of a long distance relationship between a Los Angeles social media manager (Gonzales) and her Chicago-based boyfriend (played by the actor Cayden Boyd).
Also starring in the series is Josh Levya — a fellow influencer and Gonzales’ real-life boyfriend — who will play a self-centered social media star who is in effect Gonzales’ boss on the show. “Admittedly, as an actor it was a bit of a stretch for me,” Levya — who counts roughly 2 million subscribers on his YoMuscleBoii comedy channel — joked of his role in the series, “but I take my craft very seriously.”
Adds Gonzales: “Long Distance is a super fun romantic comedy that anyone can relate to, but it also has a few extra inside jokes for young Latinos that grew up in a household like mine.”
Check out the trailer for Long Distance, which premiered on Gonzales’ YouTube channel (1.2 million subscribers) yesterday, right here:
Mitú, which recently named former Nickelodeon president Herb Scannell CEO, says it reaches 100 million U.S. viewers each month, and drives 100 million monthly views globally. Gonzales, who is signed to UTA, has also appeared in her own go90 reality show Chachi’s World, as well as season two of the Verizon-owned platform’s drama series Guidance. Gonzales also launched her very own app last year in conjunction with Victorious.