Xochitl Gomez is an American film and television actress, perhaps most popular for her role in the film by Marvel Cinematic Universe, “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” as America Chavez, along with one of the main roles in the Netflix original, “The Baby-Sitters Club” as Dawn Schafer.
Early Life and Educational Background
Xochitl Gomez-Deines was born on the 29th April 2006 in Los Angeles, California, USA, the only child of Monty Hall, a Mexican native, and Valéria Gyenge, a Los Angeles native. The family of three lived in Hollywood ‘til she was five years old, when they moved to Echo Park.
It was at that age that Xochitl was first introduced to theater; her mother enrolled her into a musical theatre class. Her subsequent interest in theatre led her to perform in 22 full length musicals by the time she turned 12 years old. She recalled, ‘… As a theatre kid, if I wasn’t in a show I was just coming off one, or prepping an audition for the next one… I loved being on stage performing and bonding with the cast, and all the excitement leading up to the show’.
After years of performing on stage, Xochitl ventured into acting before the camera. At 10 years old, she started appearing in commercials that eventually got her noticed. She spent her afternoons doing auditions for roles on TV, sometimes doing about five auditions a day. Xochitl cites her mother as being most supportive of her interest in acting, saying ‘My mom would drive me around L.A. for hours every day after school, taking me to auditions’. As the aspiring actress got busier, her mother gave up her job to be able to manage her better.
Growing up in Echo Park, Xochitl was heavily influenced by Mexican culture, as most of the people around her were Mexican, including her friends and babysitter. Her parents spoke Spanish at home, so she was bilingual from an early age. Concerning her educational background, the young actress attended a local public school, where she continued to pursue her interest in acting, and starred in 13 short student films, in which she gained experience. She said, ‘… I look back at the short films I did and I’m really proud of them. I feel that got me to where I am now…’.
She carried on with her daily auditions that were cutting into her school hours, something her school didn’t allow. As a result of her busy schedule, Xochitl was forced to discontinue her public schooling, and adopt independent study. Fortunately for her, the move was a favorable one; she did most of her classes during the summer break and could move ahead. She can now spend most of her time focusing on and pursuing her professional acting career.
After years of attending daily auditions, Xochitl was finally noticed. She appeared in a number of commercials before she made her television debut – a small recurring role in 2018, in Disney Channel’s “Raven’s Home”. The following year she made her big screen debut as Chucky in “Shadow Wolves”; her performance was well received by critics, and she even won an award for it. That same year she had a small role as Eclipse Kid in the series “You’re the Worst”, followed by a role of Young Ana in the series, “Gentefied”. She earned her most popular role in 2020, as one of the main characters – Dawn Schafer- in the Netflix series, “The Baby-Sitters Club”, appearing in seven first season episodes.
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During the COVID pandemic she had no acting commitments, but auditioned for a role in a then-secret Marvel project. After six months, she was contacted by the producers who were very impressed with her performance in the audition tape. She had a screen test in England, and was contacted two days later. She recalls sitting on her bedroom floor along with her mom and agent, who asked her to log onto an incoming video call on Zoom, but wouldn’t give her more details. Curious, she logged on to find Sarah Finn on screen, who is the Marvel Studios casting director, who gave her the news of her casting. Xochitl remembers, ‘… and she was like,’ Hey Xochitl, are you sitting down? Because I have some big news for you.’ I was like,’ Yeah.’ She said,’ Welcome to the MCU. You’re America Chavez’. ‘. She recalls being frozen in disbelief at the news, and that it took a few weeks for it to settle in.
In October, she was officially announced as America Chavez in the much awaited “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness”; the role was adjusted to fit the then-14 year-old Xochitl to become Marvel’s first Latina, queer superheroine; filming proceeded alongside MCU veterans Elizabeth Olsen and Benedict Cumberbatch. Its release in 2022 saw the movie largely successful at the box office, earning about $700 million in its first two weeks, as well as in critic’s views. Her performance was praised, and cemented her in the Marvel Cinematic Universe for years to come. Currently, Xochitl is represented by the agencies HYPERION Talent and The Savage Agency.
Despite extensive research on this topic, there is barely any information on Xochitl’s relationships. There haven’t been any rumors, nor has she ever been romantically linked to any individual. Hence it’s assumed that she is either single or she has kept these details out of the limelight. Evidently, the 16-year-old seems to have a lot on her plate at the moment, with upcoming projects.
Awards and Achievements
- In 2018, Xochitl was a feature actress at the Sundance Institute in the “Director’s Lab”.
- For her role in “Boob Sweat”, she won a Best Child Actor Award at both the London Independent Film Awards and New York Film Awards in 2018.
- For her role in the film “Shadow Wolves”, Xochitl won a Young Artist Award in the category of Supporting Teen Artist in 2020.
— Shadow Wolves (@ShadowWolvesTV) June 4, 2018
Hobbies, Favorite Things and Interesting Facts
- When asked how to pronounce her unique name, she said, ‘It’s actually been kind of an interesting way to break the ice and start talking to a new person – kind of an unexpected perk of having an unusual name… I pronounce it SO-CHEE, so it rhymes with Mochi!’.
- Her favorite drink is a mixture of cranberry juice and apple cider vinegar.
- One of her dreams is making her opportunity worthwhile and establishing ’…a solid reputation as a reliable actor’.
- Xochitl enjoys traveling; she’s been on trips to various places such as Vancouver, Hawaii, Idaho, Alaska and New York city.
- During the COVID-19 lockdown, she spent her time working out with friends over FaceTime, and even learnt how to weave friendship bracelets!
- In an interview with People, she revealed her guilty pleasure – reality TV; ‘ I will be like, ‘This is trash, Xochitl, why are you watching?’ And then I’m like nine episodes deep, and I just can’t stop!’.
- The actress took up skateboarding during her days off from filming “The Baby-Sitters Club” and admitted to not being very good at it – ‘I’m just a beginner and I fall a lot. I’m that kid at the park in a full set of pads’.
- She’s been a martial arts student since the age of 11 and is close to achieving a black belt.
- Xochitl found a new friend in fellow MCU star Simu Liu, when they first met at the “Spiderman: No Way Home” premier. She told Seventeen, ‘We talked for a little bit and then he DMed me on Instagram and I, of course, flipped out. He’s been super sweet and supportive’.
- Her breakout film came under a ban in countries such as Egypt and Saudi Arabia, due to some of its LGBTQ portrayals.
- Unfortunately, the young actress was also subjected to a lot of hate and negative comments on her TikTok page that resulted in a temporary banning of her account. She spoke about the episode, saying ‘ I got my TikTok back and I posted a TikTok because I know that I do have a very strong young following. So I thought it was only right to post a TikTok of [me saying] nothing can break me down, I’m going to stay strong, just keep going because it’s very important for young teenagers to have a positive person to look up to’.
- In her opinion, her superpower is ‘… my personality. It’s so happy and optimistic and resilient. I’m bullet-proof, nothing can break down my happiness’.
- Leading up to her audition for the role of America Chavez, the young artist trained in stunt tumbling and kickboxing for a month. Apparently, she wanted to impress the MCU team saying, ‘I wanted to go in there and own it and I wanted [the Marvel team] to be blown away by my skills’.
- The young actress is still in awe of her fame, saying ‘ When people come up to me, it’s kind of crazy because I never thought I had that much of an impact until there’s girls who are literally shaking to meet me, and they’re hugging me…’.
- She makes use of her platform to support and raise awareness on causes such as the Women’s March and the Black Lives Matter movement.
- She was quite excited to have a few Spanish lines in her role as America Chavez, as she got to bond more with her father. She recalls, ‘It was one of those bonding moments that I won’t forget because he helped me kind of choose those lines and the intonation and stuff, and ways to make it actually really funny.’.
- She couldn’t reprise her role of Dawn Schafer in the second season of “The Baby-Sitters Club”, due to scheduling commitments while she was filming “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness”.
- Miss Gomez has the same birthday as actresses Katherine Langford and Michelle Pfeiffer.
- She is quite popular on social media, having an impressive following of over seven million followers on TikTok and almost two million on Instagram.
Appearance and Clothing Style
The actress is a brown-eyed natural brunette with no tattoos on her body. The 16-year-old stands at a height of 5ft 5ins (1.65m), weighs about 132lbs (60kgs) and has a slim body build. Although her acting job requires her to wear different types of outfits, Xochitl prefers a simple feminine clothing style.
Net Worth and Salary
The young actress makes her salary and income primarily from her acting career. Authoritative sources cite her net worth to be around $1 million. It is evident that this figure is likely to keep rising thanks to her acting commitments, huge fan base on social media, and possible brand endorsements.