Film & TV

Aimee Carrero on Playing a Sandinista in Season Two of FX's The Americans: "It's Been a Privilege and an Education"

With her oversized hat and sunglasses, Aimee Carrero looked as if she were fresh off a film set and strolling the streets of Los Angeles. In reality, she was just making time to share coffee and conversation with Cultist in her hometown of Miami. It was a casual Saturday afternoon, and once we took our seats outside the coffee shop, Carrero took off her hat and sunglasses. She glowed with excitement and humility when we brought up her latest project: The Americans.

"I never thought I had a prayer's chance in hell getting this part," she says about the cable-scripted drama on FX.

In season two of the series, Carrero plays a Sandinista leader who goes to Washington, D.C. from Nicaragua as an undercover spy aiding the Soviets. Her character, Lucia, is a fiery, young revolutionary who can't wait to get her hands dirty playing the game.

"She's everything that Keri Russell's character [Elizabeth Jennings] used to be," Carrero said.

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Carolina del Busto is a freelance writer for Miami New Times. She nurtured her love of words at Boston College before moving back home to Miami and has been covering arts and culture in the Magic City since 2013.