Let’s ride! FX on Tuesday rolled out the red carpet — and more than a few Harleys — for the premiere of Mayans MC at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. The Sons of Anarchy spin-off will premiere Sept. 4.
Pardo (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2) plays Ezekiel “EZ” Reyes, a Mayans prospect with a very complicated past. “EZ never wanted to be a part of the MC,” Pardo tells EW. “He had his own life. He went to Stanford. He’s an intelligent young man.”
Edward James Olmos
Olmos (Stand and Deliver), who plays EZ and Angel’s dad, Felipe Reyes, knows that Mayans is debuting at a challenging time, given the climate around immigration and Donald Trump’s accusations that Mexico brings drugs and rapists to America. “It’s going to be a difficult journey,” Olmos admits.
As EZ’s former childhood sweetheart, Emily, Bolger (Into the Badlands) plays one of two strong women in Mayans. “They are a force to be reckoned with,” she says.
Irby (Fast Five) plays Bishop, the president of the Santo Padre Charter of the Mayans motorcycle club along the Mexi-Cali border.
Cardenas (American Crime) plays Angel Reyes, a full-patch member of the Mayans who brings his brother EZ into the MC. “When I first saw myself in the kutte, it was a surreal moment,” Cardenas tells EW of this biker vest. “You feel this cool transformational period happen. Right away you lock into this, ‘Holy s—, this is real.’ There’s a sense of pride when you put it on.”
Creator Kurt Sutter and his wife, Katey Sagal
Sutter made sure to write in a brief cameo for his wife, who memorably played Gemma Teller Morrow in Sons of Anarchy. But don’t go looking for a strong matriarch in this iteration. “I took that mandate away,” Sutter tells EW. “This is a show about two brothers and a father with really clunky, sparse emotional skills.”
Raoul Max Trujillo
Trujillo (Hard Powder) plays Taza, the vice president of the Santo Padre Charter.
As drug cartel kingpin Miguel Galindo, Pino (Cold Case) has cultivated a necessary — though fraught — relationship with the Mayans. “Galindo is as much of an outlaw, but he does it in a suit and travels in a Rolls Royce,” he says.
Jaramillo (Savages) is Riz, “el secretario” of the MC.
As El Coco, Cabral plays a full-patch member of the MC who knows his way around guns; he’s a former Army sharshooter and weapons specialist.
Last seen on Power, Compte plays a DEA agent who is looking to take down the Galindo cartel.
Adelita (newcomer Baratta) has good intentions for the people of Mexico, but some of her decisions make her no better than some of the actual gangsters.
Emilio Rivera and Yadi Valeria
Rivera created the character of Mayans MC founder Marcus Alvarez in Sons of Anarchy. He’ll reprise his role in Mayans, but this time he’s known as “El Padrino,” which means “The Godfather.” “I just want to keep my job and stay alive,” Alvarez says. “On a new show, you can die at any time.”