"We are Cuban. We don't get divorced. We die."Lydia is a central character on the Netflix Original Series One Day at a Time. She is portrayed by Rita Moreno.
—Lydia, This Is It
Lydia Riera is the mother of Penelope and the grandmother of Alex and Elena. She values her beauty and fitness. She is a dance instructor and does yoga. The only person who has ever seen her without makeup is Elena. Lydia is a devout Catholic and finds inspiration in the pope. Her husband, Berto, passed away prior to the pilot episode, but she still talks to his "ghost" and remains loyal to it/him. She is 72 years old.