Estela was born and raised in Mexico City. She is in her early forties, and has never left the barrio or home she grew up in. She was a victim of a car accident on her way to meet the man that might have been the love of her life in a kinder world eighteen years before our story begins. Estela is, as far as she knows, practically wheelchair bound and living a life of perpetual pain, poverty and immobility. The only light in Estela’s life and her reason for living is her beautiful daughter Esperanza. Estela lives with a great sense of guilt because she can’t provide Esperanza with a better life. She can offer her very little, and that is a tremendous source of pain that accompanies Estela every day.
Mexican telenovela veteran Maite Embil (Una Maid en Manhattan, Quien Es Quien) visually inspires the forlorn Estela Martinez, Esperanza’s lovely mother, in Daylight Sucks.
Marco is the son of an American businessman of great affluence and position. He is in his late forties. He is very well traveled, as his family’s business took him to many cities in Mexico and South America for extended periods of time. A graduate of Political Science at a prestigious University, it was a natural progression for Marco, bilingual since childhood, to assume a position in International politics. At the time our story begins, he is a very important diplomat stationed at the Mexican Consulate in Miami. It was on one of his many business trips that Marco met a healthy, young Estela Martinez and, unbeknownst to him, fathered Eperenza. Marco is successful, comfortable and accomplished. But his heart is empty and he is quite lonely. Marco seeks to improve the conditions of Latinos living in the United States and in their native countries. His goals require daunting tasks, and Marco arrives at his job every day ready to face the challenges and politics involved in his desires for people he represents. Marco has the makings of a great leader.
Telenovela legend Guy Ecker (Vegas, Eva Luna) visually inspires the charismatic, successful Marco Robinson, whose connection with Esperanza will change both of their lives forever.
Born and raised in Mexico City, Gaudencio started with nothing and built a humble business. He owns the auto shop where Esperanza’s boyfriend, Rodolfo, works. Now a local of Esperanza’s neighborhood. Gaudencio started as a mechanic in his former boss’s shop. When his boss died, he took over the business. This is the future he sees for Rodolfo. Gaudencio knows what it’s like to be poor. Rodolfo is the closest thing to Gaudencio may ever have to a son. He’d like to save Rodolfo from that fate, so Rodolfo can give Esperanza everything she deserves.
Mexican telenovela actor and acting teacher Ruben Morales (My Heart Beats for Lola Volcan, Sangre de Mi Tierra) visually inspires Gaudencio Contreras, kind and noble friend of Estela and mentor to Esperanza’s boyfriend, Rodolfo, in Daylight Sucks.