Brandon Larracuente plays the eldest child, Emilio Acosta, in Freeform’s Party of Five reboot. Just like Matthew Fox’s Charlie Salinger in the original, Emilio has to put his life on hold to raise his siblings. Only this time, the Acosta parents didn’t die. They got deported back to Mexico.
Emilio was an aspiring musician when his family crisis happened. He won’t have much time to play gigs when he has to run the family restaurant, but he’s not hanging up his guitar for good. Larracuente spoke with Showbiz Cheat Sheet about his character’s musical talents, and how he’s preparing to display them. Party of Five airs Wednesdays on Freeform.
Music already divided the Acostas before ‘Party of Five’ began
There’s music in the history of Party of Five. The Bodeans sang the original theme song “Closer to Free” and Shawn Mullins’ “Lullaby” became associated with the original series in TV sports. When the reboot begins, music has already made Emilio kind of a loner.
“He’s the eldest out of the five siblings and he has dreams and aspirations to be a musician,” Brandon Larracuente said. “This is something he’s been pursuing for quite some time. He’s trying his best to separate from his parents as much as possible because he doesn’t feel like his father fully supports him and his dreams of being a musician.”
Brandon Larracuente will have to know how to play guitar
The first few episodes of Party of Time don’t show Emilio playing guitar or singing. However, Brandon Larracuente confirmed he has to take music lessons for future episodes.
“I think audiences will be delighted to see that yes, music is a huge component of the entire show,” Larracuente said. “I did have to dust off the old guitar there and I took some lessons, vocal lessons and some guitar lessons. Yes, throughout the season, audiences will be surprised to see Emilio does pick up the guitar every now and then.”
Brandon Larracuente had some musical skills before ‘Party of Five’
When Brandon Larracuente said “dust off the old guitar,” he implied that he already had one before Party of Five. Indeed he did.
“My mom actually bought me a guitar years ago and I dabbled a bit but never on a consistent basis,” Larracuente said. “Coincidentally, I decided to pick up the guitar about a month or two again prior to even knowing about the audition and then when the audition came in and they said that he was a musician, I went, ‘Oh great, wow. How convenient for me.’”
Emilio Acosta will have to be a better musician than Brandon Larracuente, so he dove into lessons.
“It definitely helped that I had kind of a history in playing,” Larracuente said. “I had to become a lot more adequate in how to play as the series went on because this character is a musician and music in the show is a huge component. So I had to just dust off the old guitar and build my childhood back up which took a while but luckily I had really good teachers.”