Know the Cast: ‘The Old Ways’

The Old Ways Cast - Every Performer and Character in the 2020 Movie

The Old Ways cast includes Brigitte Kali Canales, Andrea Cortés and AJ Bowen. This info article contains minor spoilers and character details for the 2020 movie. Check out the Know the Cast section for more Vague Visages streaming guides.

In The Old Ways, a Mexican-American journalist named Cristina researches a lost culture in Catemaco, Veracruz. She’s warned about visiting a dangerous location known as La Boca, and gets detained by a local bruja who senses an infamous demon. Cristina initially scoffs at psychic surgery traditions but learns to embrace her newfound knowledge. Here’s every main performer and character in The Old Ways, a 2020 movie directed by Christopher Alender.

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The Old Ways Cast: Brigitte Kali Canales as Cristina

The Old Ways Cast - Brigitte Kali Canales as Cristina

Character Profile: An American reporter who visits her native Mexico for the first time in 20 years. As a child, she had a traumatic experience after her sick mother visited a healer. Cristina intends to write a story about a lost Mexican culture in Catemaco but ends up assuming a new identity.

Canales’ Resume: Cristina Colon in Bloodline (2015), Young Mother in Baby Driver (2017), Rhonda Marquez  in Thumper (2017), Trace Martez in Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2020), Rachel in Fear the Walking Dead (2020-)

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The Old Ways Cast: Andrea Cortés as Miranda

The Old Ways Cast - Andrea Cortés as Miranda

Character Profile: Cristina’s cousin who tells her not to visit La Boca. She went to school in Mexico City, and fully believes in “the old ways.” Postehk, otherwise known as the God of Broken Things, possesses Miranda.

Cortés’ Resume: Alana in Is It Me? (2010-12), Rock Girl in Make It or Break It (2011), Beth in Sins of a Call Girl (2014), Jacinta Nieves in Chicago Med (2019), Esther Torres in S.W.A.T. (2020)

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The Old Ways Cast: Julia Vera as Luz

The Old Ways Cast - Julia Vera as Luz

Character Profile: A bruja (witch) who practices “the old ways” in Veracruz, Mexico. She performs a spiritual healing, or “psychic surgery,” on Cristina, which finally convinces the reporter that she’s been targeted by a demon.

Vera’s Resume: Lana Chee in The X-Files (1998-2002), Clara Blanca in Blow (2001), Esmerelda in The Ridiculous 6 (2015), Luisa in Elena of Avalor (2016-20), Luis’ Abuelita in Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)

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The Old Ways Cast: Sal Lopez as Javi

The Old Ways Cast - 2020 Movie

Character Profile: Luz’s son. At first, he doesn’t reveal that he can speak English to Cristina but then opens up about his past. Javi warns the reporter that “the old ways” will die with his mother.

Lopez’s Resume: T.H.E. Rock in Full Metal Jacket (1987), Felipe in Return of the Living Dead III (1993), Emilio Garza in Port Charles (2000-01), Cigarillo in Westworld (2016), Captain Cortez in Too Old to Die Young (2019)

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The Old Ways Cast: AJ Bowen as Carson

The Old Ways Cast - Every Performer and Character in the 2020 Movie

Character Profile: Cristina’s editor in America. He worries about her physical and mental health. Carson ultimately travels to Veracruz and receives a big surprise.

Bowen’s Resume: Victor Ulman in The House of the Devil (2009), Layton in Hatchet II (2010), Crispian in You’re Next (2011), Highway Angel in Sun Don’t Shine (2012), Sam Turner in The Sacrament (2013)

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The Old Ways cast also includes Weston Meredith (Whine Party, Dark Light), Julian Lerma (On My Block, Snowfall), Elizabeth Phoenix Caro (Dog Days, The Christmas Chronicles), Michelle Jubilee Gonzalez (Fear the Walking Dead, Vivo) and Graciela Guerrero.

Q.V. Hough (@QVHough) is Vague Visages’ founding editor.