Hello Smexy Blog readers I am baaaaaack with my Dream Cast for American Fairytale, my upcoming release which is second book in the Dreamers series. I love searching for inspiration pics as I am planning my stories. Because so many of my characters are PoC it can be a little challenging to find the perfect models, actors, etc. With Fairytale in addition to Afro-Latinx characters there are also South Asian and East African peeps. Tom Hughes, our swoony billionaire’s two best friends are from India and Ethiopia. Fortunately I already had the perfect folx in mind to play them in the future motion picture for American Fairytale…Ayo Netflix, we ready!!
So here they are, my Dream Cast for American Fairytale:
The HEROES. For Camilo, I’d already picked someone in the previous casting post, and I will stick with him. His name is Cristian Cruz, he’s a Dominican model, and also the king of the man bun. He is 100% how I envision my favorite PITA Cuba-Jamaican social worker.
For Tom I had an insta model I loved all picked out, but because this is my movie and I can dream damn it! LOL I have Mark Ruffalo to play my stubborn AF billionaire with a heart of gold. I think Mark is the perfect actor to render some of the nuanced complications in Tom.
The rest of the Crew! Because for the last casting I have the other GA crew guys, I’m going to focus on newcomers to my Dreamers world. First I have the Camilo’s work BFF, Ayako. Like Camilo Ayako has a Jamaican dad, but her mom is Japanese. I think the gorgeous actress La’Shontae Heckard has the levels of sauce necessary to play Milo’s badass work wife.
Next I have Tom’s besties, who were also his business partners. Sanjay is Indian and so is his wife Priya who plays a big role in the story and gives Tom some tough love when he most needs it. For Sanjay I have the incredibly sexy Bollywood superstar Varun Dhawan. We probably can’t afford it, but who cares, I dream big.
To play Priya, I needed a kickass woman who can take charge of a room, and tell it like it is. There was only one choice Jameela Jamil, because honestly I think everyone wants her as a bestie.
The third person in Tom’s crew is Henock. Heni is Ethiopian and like Sanjay, he met Tom in grad school. Since I started writing Fairytale I envisioned Abel Makonnen Tesfaye aka The Weeknd playing the part of Henock. Abel is Ethiopian, is sexy AF, and has swag in surplus. Also on the low, my plan is to cast a hip-hop superstar in all of these movies.
Last but not least, I needed to cast the moms! For Dinorah, Camilo’s mother I have one of my favorite old school telenovela superstars, Veronica Castro. Ms. Castro is actually on a recent Netflix show and is amazing. I think she would bring so much to a strong character like Milo’s mom.
For Tom’s mom, Esperenza, my one and only choice from the first moment was Alfre Woodard. A. I love her and B. I think she would render Esperanza’s fierceness perfectly. Also her husband could totally be Tom’s dad!
So here they are, my dream cast for American Fairytale, just like with Dreamer, I think we have a runaway Netflix hit on our hands!
Adriana’a newest novel, American Fairytale releases on May 20th.
New York City social worker Camilo Santiago Briggs grew up surrounded by survivors who taught him to never rely on anything you didn’t earn yourself. He’s always dreamed of his own happily-ever-after, but he lives in the real world. Men who seem too good to be true…usually are. And Milo never ever mixes business with pleasure…until the mysterious man he had an unforgettable hookup with turns out to be the wealthy donor behind his agency’s new, next-level funding.
Thomas Hughes built a billion-dollar business from nothing: he knows what he wants and isn’t shy about going after it. When the enthralling stranger who blew his mind at a black-tie gala reappears, Tom’s more than ready to be his Prince Charming. Showering Milo with the very best of everything is how Tom shows his affection.
Trouble is, Milo’s not interested in any of it. The only thing Milo wants is Tom.
Fairy-tale endings take work as well as love. For Milo, that means learning to let someone take care of him, for a change. And for Tom, it’s figuring out that real love is the one thing you can’t buy.
Adriana Herrera was born and raised in the Caribbean, but for the last fifteen years has let her job (and her spouse) take her all over the world. She loves writing stories about people who look and sound like her people, getting unapologetic happy endings. When’s she not dreaming up love stories, planning logistically complex vacations with her family or hunting for discount Broadway tickets, she’s a social worker in New York City, working with survivors of domestic and sexual violence.
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