Netflix’s ‘Siempre Bruja’ Stars an Afro-Colombian Actress as a Time-Traveling Witch

Lead Photo: Cast of 'Siempre Bruja.' Courtesy of Netflix
Cast of 'Siempre Bruja.' Courtesy of Netflix
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Intent on becoming the first ever truly global television network, Netflix has slowly been building its international roster. There’s Brazil’s 3%Mexico’s Club de Cuervos (and its spinoff!), a slew of upcoming Argentinean shows, and now, Colombia’s Siempre BrujaProduced by Caracol Televisión — the company behind telenovelas like Sin senos no hay paraíso and its many sequels — this Caribbean coast-set series follows, as its title tells us, a witch. The supernatural-tinged show opens with Carmen (Angely Gaviria), a young slave in 17th-century Colombia who also happens to be a witch. In an attempt to save her lover, she travels in time to current-day Cartagena. And as she attempts to adapt to this newfound modern world, she realizes that, yes once a witch, always a witch.

Joining the Afro-Colombian actress, who was most recently seen in the boxing biopic series Pambelé, is a young-skewing Colombian ensemble. That includes famed YouTuber Dylan Fuentes, whom fans will recognize by his signature bleach-blond buzzcut. Similarly, Caracol has recruited two of its own, spotlighting actresses that had already made waves in some of their previous hits: Valeria Henriquez, who played Mapi in Los Morales, a long-running telenovela based on the vallenato clan of the same name, will be seen alongside Sofia Araujo, who starred in Sinú, río de pasiones, the drug-lord hunting soap that aired back in 2016. But with such a YA-driven premise (we’re getting a CW vibe, for sure), the cast is also going to be welcoming a number of newcomers including Carlos Quintero, Duban Prado, and Lenard Vanderaa. Together, they constitute the kind of varied and talented ensemble that will hopefully show Netflix subscribers that there is more to Colombia than Narcos. And so, along with the coming Charmed reboot, Tanya Saracho’s upcoming bruja-inspired Chicago show, and that queer Brujos web-series, we may be entering a new age of brujería content. Needless to say, we are very here for it.