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Get to Know…Mayans M.C.'s Joseph Lucero

Mayans M.C.

Get to Know…Mayans M.C.'s Joseph Lucero

Lucero has the same motto as his character Creeper: failure is not an option.

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Name: Joseph Lucero
Role: Neron "Creeper" Vargas, Mayans M.C.
Previous Work: Shameless, Criminal Minds, Cold Case, The Shield, The Closer 

If you weren't in the entertainment business, what would you be doing?
I’d be trying to save gang members lives, trying to get them out of the neighborhood, out of prison, into the curriculum of Homeboy Industries. I met father Greg over 15 years ago in the California Youth Authority. I wasn't ready to change. Then I went to prison and Father Greg came to visit me in 2001 and offered me a job and I came home April 8th, 2003. I look back now and I wish I respected what I had then as much as I do now, but it was so exciting. Now I'm here.

What's the best piece of advice you've ever received?
Failure is not an option. Never stop feeling or trusting. When you stop feeling or trusting then you stop growing. That was one of the wisest things I’ve ever been told. I use that in acting too because it's a way to stay out of your own head. It's a way to tap in to your character and make character choices.

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What are three words you would use to describe your character?
Very loyal. Very insecure, but he's not one to give up. He's lived a hard life and he will not give up.

What three words would you use to describe yourself?
Father. Father. Father. That's what makes me.

When you're in a bad mood, what's something that always makes you feel better?
I look at photos of my kids. I can get beyond whatever I’m going though by focusing on them.