TCA Winter Tour: Actors take roles for a variety of reasons. Rob Schneider stars in the new CBS comedy “Rob” because his wife, Patricia Azarcoya Arce, told him he should do it. The idea came from his own marriage. Schneider met Arce when she was working as a television producer in Mexico and he kept bugging her to go to dinner and finally won her over.
“It was her idea to like, ‘You should do a show with you married to a Mexican girl, and then you should do it all and you should have a crazy uncle who never leaves.’ So she’s been great about that,” Schneider says.
The series has Schneider playing a man who marries into a large Mexican family. Most of the comedy comes from the character’s complete lack of knowledge of Mexican culture. Schneider can relate as his actual in-laws don’t speak English.
The cast is largely Hispanic – Cheech Marin, Eugenio Derbez, Claudia Bassols, Lupe Ontiveros – but Schneider says the series should appeal to any and all families.
“The idea of this show is a family and it just happens to be a Hispanic family. I think there are differences and cultural things which are fun, but ultimately there’s always one person who’s kind of on the way out or doesn’t fit in, and there’s always somebody misunderstanding something, and there’s something that is going on behind somebody else’s back,” Schneider says. “So I think it’s really relatable for everyone.
“I think it will be fun for everybody to watch with their families, and I think especially fun for people of Hispanic descent to catch these little words that are thrown in there, and hopefully, CBS won’t check all of them. But it’s funny there’s some slang in some cultures that’s really kind of nice. There’s like an American Spanish slang, and then there’s Mexican Spanish slang. Some things it’s different for different cultures. So that’s been interesting, the conversations behind the scenes in Spanish for me.”
He knows even if no one else likes the show, his wife will be happy.