Diane Guerrero has gone from prison inmate to superhero.
The former co-star of Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black” portrays cult comic book character Crazy Jane in Warner Bros.’ live action series available exclusively on the studio’s DC Universe streaming service.
But while Crazy Jane is part of a superhero team called the Doom Squad, what makes her character unique is that she has 64 different personalities — and each of them has a different super-power.
“Crazy Jane is a complex individual who always has a lot brewing,” Guerrero tells Viva. “She tries to hold things together on the surface, which is something that we all try to do. She uses these different personalities to try to cope with life. I like that we’re telling this story with fun and humor but we’re also talking about the human experience and how important it is to care for your mind.”
Though the show about a misfit band of superheroes has a sense of humor, it also has a dark side. The series will dive into Crazy Jane’s origin story, which explains her dissociative identity disorder is a result of her being molested by her father.
“We’re following the comic book really closely, which is why I think the audience is really going to respond to it,” she says. “So we’ll touch upon those very real issues of childhood trauma and unresolved issues of self-worth because of the things that happened in her life. I love that just because it’s a superhero show, we’re not shying away from the real issues.”
Guerrero, a New Jersey native of Colombian descent who grew up in Boston, is proud to be one of the very few Latinas in the various superhero stories being portrayed in Hollywood. She hopes this will encourage more women of color to be portrayed in comics.