Alvin Alvarez says he’s got a lot in common with Larry Garcia, the character he plays on Nickelodeon’s live-action comedy series “The Brothers Garcia.”
Larry is the youngest of three siblings: two brothers and one sister, a twin born mere minutes ahead of him. As the nino of the family, Larry finds himself the object of his mother’s overprotection and is given to flights of fancy.
He’s also the show’s narrator (voiced by John Leguizamo), chronicling the lives of his San Antonio-based family from an adult perspective.
“Larry is pretty much like me,” says Alvarez, who turns 11 this November. “I have an older sister. My mom is very protective, and he’s the youngest of the family, just like me.”
Playing a character, who so closely resembles himself means, “I can just be myself, because that’s what it’s about. I don’t need to act much,” Alvarez adds.
The young thesp estimates he landed the part after “about five call-backs,” despite the fact that Alvarez’s resume includes episodes of “ER,” “Beverly Hills, 90210” and “Norm.”
“There were a lot of Larry’s trying to get the role,” he explains, “but I got the part! My mom and I were jumping up and down because we’d come so far to get it.”
“The Brothers Garcia” is Alvarez’s first regular series.
“It’s fun to be on the set,” he says of the show, which is filmed in Los Angeles. “We feel like real brothers, except we never get into fights. I get along with everybody and they get along with me.”
Alvarez relishes the craft and says he enjoys “The Brothers Garcia” because of it’s well-placed humor.
In fact, Alvarez aspires to be a funnyman. “That’s what I want to be when I grow up, a comedian, just like Adam Sandler.”