You probably know Diane Guerrero from Orange Is the New Black, where she starred as Maritza Ramos, a tough-talking Bronx woman with Colombian roots — and thrice won Screen Actors Guild Awards with the cast for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.
Now, she is returning for the fourth season of Doom Patrol, an action-drama series based on characters created for DC Comics by Arnold Drake, Bob Haney, and Bruno Premiani. It follows a group of superheroes who each have suffered accidents that gave them superhuman abilities. Together, they are a group of outsiders who fight to save the world that doesn’t want them.
The series features an all-star cast of superheroes, including Robotman (Brendan Fraser), Negative Man (Matt Bomer), Elasti-Woman (April Bowlby), and Cyborg (Joivan Wade), and now former supervillain Madame Rouge (Michelle Gomez) is joining the group too. Guerrero stars as Crazy Jane, whose superpower is having 64 alternate identities, each of whom has their own superpower. It’s complex, to say the least. Not only that, but she’s also the first actor to ever play Crazy Jane on-screen, which Guerrero considers a huge honor.
Season four of Doom Patrol premieres with two episodes on December 8 on HBO Max, followed by one episode weekly through January 5. In the fourth season, the team of superheroes travels to the future to find an unpleasant surprise. Guerrero speaks with Shondaland about season four, the importance of mentors, the power of kindness, and why she identifies with Crazy Jane.