Osito is among the many advanced characters on ‘Hightown,’ and Atkins Estimond desires you to know he’s not simply the dangerous man. He spoke with HL about Osito and Junior’s bond, Osito’s loyalty to Frankie, and extra.

Hightown’s third episode featured a game-changing second for Junior. He has stated that he desires out of the drug world, however that’s not a part of Frankie’s plan. Osito took Junior apart to “toughen him up” in the course of the Might 31 episode and instructed Junior to beat up a fast-food employee — or else. Junior finally did what he was instructed, and Junior really loved the ability and management he obtained in that second.

MeSlop talked with Atkins Estimond, who performs Osito, and he revealed that that is the start of an unconventional friendship of types between Osito and Junior. Atkins additionally mentioned whether or not or not Osito feels any regret for any of the issues he’s carried out and if Osito’s loyalty to Frankie needs to be questioned.

That scene with Osito and Junior within the parking zone I felt was a turning level for Junior. Junior really does beat that child up after being threatened by Osito, and he likes it. What do you suppose Osito’s response is when he sees that Junior is able to that form of violence?
Atkins Estimond: I believe he was undoubtedly happy by it. There’s a bizarre bond rising between the 2 of them. It’s a friendship however not your standard friendship. Sometimes, buddies don’t take one another to locations and have them assault folks. However contemplating the circumstances that they’re beneath, Osito’s actually glad that he’s seeing that Junior can do that. As a result of I believe previous to this, he wasn’t actually positive if Junior’s actually minimize out for this. I believe that it’s the form of scenario the place Osito’s beginning to take a shine to him, and he sees the potential that Junior can probably do that. This was form of just like the take a look at. Is that this one thing that Junior can do? Can he stay this life? He did it, although. I believe he’s more than happy with the end result.

Atkins Estimond stars as Osito within the STARZ sequence ‘Hightown.’ (Eley Images)

It is a risky, violent world drug world that Osito’s concerned in. Do you suppose that Osito feels regret for a number of the issues that he’s carried out?
Atkins Estimond: I wouldn’t essentially say that it’s regret that he feels, but it surely’s potential that there are some moments of that. As a result of I believe for Osito, his work could be very a lot work. It’s nothing private to him. Similar to anyone clocks in to do their job, it is a job for him. It’s nothing that he’s taking personally. I believe that for him, he’s coming into into this understanding that you understand what the foundations are on the road. In the event you say one thing, then these are the results. So once you do one thing that basically runs you afoul of me or Frankie or the group, then you definately’ve already accepted that these are the results in your actions. Taking a look at it that method, I believe it makes it simpler for him to only be so unaffected by what he does as a result of it’s such as you knew that this is able to be the end result of your actions. I believe that as a result of there nonetheless is a few coronary heart there that he’s not fully unaffected. He undoubtedly doesn’t get pleasure from what he does, however I can’t say that it’s not having some weight on him.

Proper off the bat, we knew that Osito was the one which killed Sherry Henry. That places him in a really weak place, on condition that there’s an entire investigation round it. Do you suppose he has any worry that he’ll get caught?
Atkins Estimond: I’ve to say someplace in there, however he’s additionally been doing this for a very long time. I believe that as a result of he’s been doing this for therefore lengthy and hasn’t been caught, there’s just a little little bit of an air that he’ll get out of this it doesn’t matter what. But in addition the truth that that is the primary time that he’s actually form of been put into the highlight like this, I believe that there must be some concern there. I believe it’s just a little little bit of each. They discuss this within the earlier episodes that Frankie and everyone concerned with Frankie, at the very least from police information, they had been beneath the impression that they arrested everybody who was related to Frankie. However, clearly, they didn’t as a result of Osito’s nonetheless on the market. After I was studying the work, it instructed me that Osito has been working at a stage that’s within the shadows and secretive the place they wouldn’t have even recognized that he was part of Frankie’s operations. I believe having this homicide occur and now individuals are asking about him, that’s in all probability one thing that at the very least legislation enforcement hadn’t been doing earlier than. There must be some quantity of strain, however I additionally suppose that he’s not new to the rodeo. I believe he’s additionally cool beneath strain as nicely.

Osito seems to be very a lot Frankie’s right-hand man on the skin. How loyal would you say of Osito is to Frankie? Is there ever an opportunity that he would flip?
Atkins Estimond: I believe that that loyalty is essential to him. However what’s cool with Frankie and what’s cool with Osito is that I believe finally there’s a butting of heads there. Osito does have a code, and there are issues that I believe don’t sit proper with him. To not give something away, there’s some friction there between the issues that Frankie’s wanting carried out and what Osito’s OK with. He’s very loyal and doing what Frankie desires, however I believe that as we undergo the story and we see the toll and the load of what’s being requested, it’s not a simple factor for him.

You talked about earlier that Osito and Junior are going to have a better bond. What are you able to tease about what’s going to be occurring with them going ahead?
Atkins Estimond: It’s very very similar to a Darkish Aspect-esque Vader and Palpatine factor occurring the place now that Osito is aware of that Junior might do the work, I really feel like that provides Osito the inexperienced mild to deliver him deeper into the world. However in doing so, you see extra of us collectively, and we’re dealing with conditions collectively. In that, you see their bond and their interactions in these moments. It’s a really fascinating arc that continues the story with the 2 of them.

Atkins Estimond as Osito within the sequence premiere of ‘Hightown.’ (STARZ)

We’ve gotten just a little little bit of backstory about Junior, Jackie, and Renee. Will we get any backstory on Osito all through the course of the season?
Atkins Estimond: You do get a glimpse into just a little little bit of the world of him. It’s one thing that I don’t wish to give away. It’s not quite a lot of stuff, however you do get a second to form of peek into the internal workings and the backstory of Osito.

Clearly, he’s able to homicide however I really feel like there’s something just a little bit redeemable about him, at the very least I’m hoping so.
Atkins Estimond: Completely. There are layers and quite a lot of complexities with him. That’s one of many causes after I was taking a look at this character and obtained the breakdown, I simply liked that he wasn’t only a dangerous man. He isn’t simply the monster that lurks within the shadows. There’s one thing occurring there with him, too. It’s not simply so plain and easy for him.