1:10pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Fox's 'Gang Related' Adds 'Wizards of Waverly Place' Alum (Exclusive)
Fox's Gang Related is enlisting a Wizards of Waverly Place alum to its ranks.
The midseason drama starring Ramon Rodriguez has added Maria Canals-Barrera to its ranks, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The drama revolves around Ryan, agang member (Rodriguez) sent in to infiltrate the San Francisco Police Department and rise through its ranks must balance his obligations to his crime family with an increasing sense of loyalty to his new "family" -- the SFPD's Gang Task Force.
Canals-Barrera will play Marciela, Javier's (Cliff Curtis) wife and mother to Carlos (Rey Gallegos) and Daniel (Jay Hernandez). Though they're not related by blood, she considers Ryan to be a third son.
The ALMA and Imagen award-winning actress played Theresa Russo on Disney Channel's Emmy-winning series Wizards of Waverly Place and most recently appeared in Universal's Larry Crowne. She's repped by APA and Mark Teitelbaum.
Canals-Barrera joins recently added recurring player Lela Loren (Snitch), who will play Silvia, Ryan's ex-girlfriend who is now engaged to marry his best friend Daniel.
An exact premiere date for Gang Related has yet to be announced.