Behind The Scenes With Hit The Floor’s James LaRosa: Episode 3

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Hit The Floor creator James LaRosa is probably the most invested showrunner we can think of. The man not only is the mastermind behind the guiltiest pleasure on television, but he’s also beloved on the set and something of a documentarian behind the scenes of the show. This week, LaRosa sent us some pictures from his personal collection, complete with some “director’s commentary” about the episode. In the following captions, he jokes about Valery Ortiz‘s pronunciation of her fictional son Miguel’s name, and gives us a picture that demonstrates McKinley Freeman‘s superhuman strength.

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This is the glamorous tent where all the folk who work on HTF eat lunch when we’re on location at the arena. Look, there’s German and Kyle and Derek, all grub grub grubbin. This is also where mothers meet their 4-year-old sons for the first time! This is the moment Valery Ortiz met Jaiden Manjarrez, who plays oft-talked about but until-now-unseen MIGUEL. You have to say “Miguel” with a thick accent because that’s what everyone does on set. When Valery says his name everyone busts up. Now she does it on purpose. Fun fact: Jaiden is MY NEPHEW. Funner fact: Jaiden’s father’s name is…Miguel. I named Raquel’s son after him not knowing one day his son would play him. Craaazy.