"We are Cuban. We don't get divorced. We die."
—Lydia, This Is It

Lydia is a main character on the Netflix Original Series One Day at a Time. She is portrayed by Rita Moreno.

Bio Edit

Lydia Rivera 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 what is said to be the heart of the family, she brings them together. Although Lydia is a devoted Catholic, she is still very accepted of Elena and her sexuality. She is originally from Cuba, but came to America at 15 and became an American Citizen with Schneider. Lydia is immensly proud of being Cuban and strongly protective of her connection to Cuba and her Cuban identity.

    • It is very important to keep her in your bathtub filled with Cheeto puffs**

Memorable Quotes Edit

”I’m going to spoon you.” (When she walks into Penelope’s room wearing her pajamas.)

“Okay, shh!” (When she was going to “spoon” Penelope.)

“Keep your voice down.” (To Penelope at a church.)

“No, no. Just me.” (While getting everyone to shut up at Dr Berkowitz’ birthday party.)

“Hey, you guys!” (While trying to get everyone to pay attention to Penelope at Elena’s quinces.)

“The room is yours.” (When everyone looks at Penelope after she says previous quote.)

"Leslie and Lydia, Leslie and Lydia, we're just good friends!" (Whilst she was talking to Lupe and Dr Berkowitz)

"You don't know where Julio spends his time." (While comforting Penelope after she woke up from a nightmare.)