Hulu‘s East Los High stars in Miami

07/31/2014 4:40 PM

07/31/2014 4:41 PM

Two of the lead players in Hulu’s East Los High took a break from all the angst and drama to chat about the surprise Web hit that just got picked up for a third season.

For the show’s resident bad girl Camila, Vannessa Vasquez, the trip to Miami was (almost) all business, but for Ray Diaz Jr. it was a homecoming: The actor was born and raised in Key West.

“I’m officially a Conch,” said Diaz, who plays cool kid Nick, from the Fontainebleau. “Yeah, my life was pretty good.”

Even though he lived in a place many consider paradise, Diaz said he started “sneaking” up to Miami at age 15.

“We started driving to get haircuts, go to the US1 flea market [in Cutler Bay] and trying to get into clubs on the beach, but they always turned us away!”

Diaz’s old pals from the barrio are proud. “They’re like, ‘That’s crazy! I can’t believe you made it out of Key West,’ ” said the former fashion model, whose father still lives there.

Diaz and Vasquez, from Texas, both live in Los Angeles, where the high school drama is filmed and streamed. The two pals see growth for their characters in the upcoming season.

“I’m streetwise and got some bad DJ skills and want to make it big in the industry,” explained Diaz, “but there are some people who want to lead him down a path that may compromise his life. Let’s hope not.”

And Vazquez, who can play the bitchy card on occasion, is a lot nicer in real life.

“There’s a little Camila inside me, but not that extreme,” she said. “My character is also dealing with a really dark past, not receiving love from either of her parents. Luckily, I didn’t have that experience.”

DAY AT THE RACES

Seventies heartthrob David Cassidy apparently was at the Saratoga Race Course as his lawyer was preparing to accept a plea deal on the singer’s behalf in an upstate New York courtroom. Cassidy was charged last summer with driving while intoxicated in Schodack, near Albany.

Because Cassidy lives in Fort Lauderdale, prosecutors agreed to let his lawyer enter a guilty plea rather than make him appear Wednesday. But officials learned via a tweet by the New York Racing Association that Cassidy was at the racetrack in Saratoga, 40 miles from Schodack. Oopsie. A prosecutor told The Daily Gazette of Schenectady that officials were “confused” and “disturbed” by this turn of events and a new court date was set.

HEALTH IS WEALTH

Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing Miami’s lone female Realtor, Sam DeBianchi, has a charmed life now. But when she was a teen she had a harrowing illness, which she talks about in this week’s issue of Life & Style.

The Cardinal Gibbons High School alumna had Cushing’s disease, a condition that occurs when a pituitary tumor secretes too much of the steroid hormone cortisol, aka the stress hormone. One of the side effects was an overgrowth of facial hair, which caused the young woman to be “bullied badly.”

“I had an extremely rare brain tumor,” DeBianchi, 30, told The Miami Herald. “I’m literally a statistic.”

At 15, the FAU grad who owns her own company in Fort Lauderdale underwent two successful surgeries to remove the tumor, which was near the optic nerve.

These days she’s doing great.

“It was like a Cinderella story once the tumor was gone, and I’m a very strong person because of it.”

GROWING FAMILY

Belated congrats to NBC6 weeknight anchor Adam Kuperstein and his wife Michal, who welcomed the birth of their baby girl, Berkley Noa last week. “Watching my daughter meet her baby sister for the first time was one of the most incredible things I’ve ever seen,” said the proud dad. Big sister Jordyn turns 1 Aug. 14. The TV journalist has been keeping viewers up to date on his wife’s growing bump with the hashtag #MiniKuper2.

MADELEINE MARR

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Former fashion and food writer Madeleine Marr joined the Miami Herald in 2003. The native New Yorker's celebrity coverage includes features, interviews, events, red carpets, premieres, award ceremonies, style, news and gossip in the South Florida area and beyond.

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