Xochitl Gomez rose to prominence after portraying America Chavez in the MCU’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which was released in May. The 16-year-old actress was previously featured in the Netflix drama The Baby-Sitters Club as Dawn Schafer. She did, however, leave the program after the first season due to scheduling conflicts with Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
Gomez was born in Los Angeles to parents of Mexican origin. While she began her career in musicals at the age of five, Gomez has spent the most of her crucial time on television. Gentefied, Raven’s Home, and You’re the Worst are a few of the previous shows she appeared in before landing the role in The Baby-Sitters Club.
Beyond Doctor Strange, who is Xochitl Gomez?
1) An activist since the age of ten
Following Trump’s victory, ten-year-old Xochitl Gomez flew to Washington, DC with her mother to participate in the Women’s March. She even shared a photo of herself carrying a banner in favor of state equality. She has previously said that her mother instilled these ideals in her and that she credits the majority of her success to her childhood.
Xochitl Gomez challenged preconceptions as America Chavez in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, portraying a character of Latin American heritage who is the offspring of two women. Because of the similar background, the film was prohibited in various places throughout the globe, including Saudi Arabia.
2) Her given name means “flower.”
The name, pronounced “So-chee,” derives from the Nahuatl language, which is mostly used in Mexico and Central America. Aztec mythology also mentions Xochiquetzal, a fertility goddess who was highly respected for protecting young moms. Given that Gomez is of Mexican ethnicity, the name Xochitl, which has Native American roots, makes appropriate.
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3) Her favorite things
Xochitl Gomez is an ardent reader and art aficionado who professes to be a Frida Kahlo devotee. She enjoys theatre and has previously said that Lin-Manuel Miranda is one of her favorite Broadway performers. Suzanne Collins, the author of The Hunger Games, is one of her favorite writers, according to her Instagram. She has read additional supplemental novels created by the author in addition to the Hunger Games trilogy. Gomez has a large social media following and often posts about her personal life.
4) Martial arts background
Gomez has been practicing martial arts since she was 11 years old. She was already practicing kickboxing and lifting before landing her MCU role, but she added a slew of new exercises to her training to get in shape for the film.
5) Her acting tutor was Anthony Mackie.
Anthony Mackie was reportedly her acting tutor while she attended the Sundance Institute in 2018. Mackie is well known for his Captain America franchise performances. He has also appeared in a number of highly praised films, including 8 Mile, The Hurt Locker, and others. Marvel has yet to reveal whether or not America Chavez will appear in any of the next films. Given her popularity, supporters anticipate a unique series for the character.