"We'll do the whole thing. The ceremony, the stupid waltz... We're gonna show them what single mothers can pull off. I will dress like a child bride for you, Mom."
—Elena, This Is It
Elena Alvarez is a central character in the original Netflix series One Day at a Time. She is played by Isabella Gomez.
Elena Alvarez is the very opinionated and outspoken daughter of Penelope and Victor. She is a vegetarian and a feminist, and she cares about sustainability. Penelope describes Elena as someone who "always stands up for the underdog." Lydia thinks her political concerns and crusades are annoying. She's captain of the debate team, and she loves social studies. She is shown as a quirky teen who is still finding herself. She does not have many friends and is overall very awkward.
In Strays, Penelope suggests that Elena doesn't have many friends outside of the internet. Though it's an ongoing joke in the first half of season one, Elena expresses the possibility of liking girls in Hold, Please. She officially comes out as gay in Sex Talk.
Physical Appearance Edit
Elena is a young Latina "Latinx" female, she is often shown with her brown hair down or in a ponytail. She has dark brown eyes and wears black square glasses. Elena is commonly also shown wearing her school's uniform. She dresses pretty casually and doesn't wear any makeup, opting for her usual relaxed style.