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Chess Lopez ’10 Has Break-through Role in “Doctor Strange”

Chess Lopez ’10 (dance) appears in a break-through role in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, released worldwide today by Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Chess plays Amalia, one of two queer mothers of the main character, America Chavez, a Latinx, lesbian powerhouse who punches through star portals to reach other dimensions. Never before in Marvel’s filmmaking history has it included a lesbian character, much less three characters, one of whom has the starring role.

Chess, who has acted in several short films, is making her debut into major motion pictures with the role of Amalia. “As an actor, being cast in a Marvel film is incredibly exciting. When that role, no matter how small, is groundbreaking for the LGBTQ+ community, it is an absolute honor,” said Chess.

Marvel’s incorporation of LGBTQ+ characters in its film is raising controversy in some countries due to LGBTQ+ representation.

Chess speaks about passionately about the issue: “As a queer person cast as a queer character in a film that reaches all parts of the globe, I think it’s important to use my voice to advocate for the inclusion of and respect for the gay community. Regardless of where they live, gay people deserve to be treated with dignity – whether they are next door to you or on a movie screen. Having America and her mothers in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is an exciting opportunity to reach communities around the world where LGBTQ+ folx are not recognized.”

Chess is known for Hey Stranger (2019), Kely (2020), EZ Livin’ (2022) and now Dr. Strange in the Multiverse Madness (2022). A Santa Rosa, California, native, she graduated in 2006 from Ursuline High School, and in 2010 with a BFA in Dance from Purchase College where she attended the Conservatory of Dance. Prior to moving to LA, she studied acting at The William Esper Studio in New York City.