The actor, who is of Cuban descent, plays meteorologist Yanko Flores, who has to deal with the reverberations of a workplace romance.
Nestor Carbonell, who plays weatherman Yanko Flores in the hit Apple TV+ show “The Morning Show,” hopes that fans will still like his character in season two.
“I felt a lot of sympathy from women and men from the first season,” Carbonell told NBC News in a video interview. “I hope that’s the case in season two when Yanko steps into it and someone threatens to cancel him.”
Carbonell plays an endearing meteorologist who is committed to his work. But he’s romantically involved with Claire Conway (played by Bel Powley), a production assistant, in season one.
However, after Mitch Kessler (Steve Carell) gets abruptly terminated for sexual misconduct as co-host of UBA’s “The Morning Show,” Carbonell’s character struggles to explain what he perceives as an innocent but complex relationship with the younger production assistant.
“He feels he may be judged by HR for being involved in a dynamic that is not appropriate and he feels completely innocent of that,” Carbonell said, “but doesn’t know how to explain it to them.”
For Carbonell, this stressful situation creates an opportunity for him to interpret a likable character who can represent ordinary people stuck in morally ambiguous situations.
“I think the key for him that’s interesting for me to play is that he’s a character that is underappreciated at work. And now, this season more so than ever, really misunderstood. Particularly by his own boss,” Carbonell said.
Season one was praised for the way it built up to a tough and shocking ending, showing the different angles around workplace gender and sexual dynamics, including sexual misconduct and issues around the #MeToo movement.
What an opening to Season 2, as we were anticipating we saw quite a few scenes with Yanko! One of my favorites was when he ran into Claire’s friend on the street which really highlighted he was missing her since her departure. He also added his usual poetic twist to the question how was the weather with the hilarious, “The earth’s gonna crash into the sun but tomorrow night you’ll need a f-ing sweater”.
‘The Morning Show’ star Nestor Carbonell spoke with HL EXCLUSIVELY revealed Yanko and Claire’s relationship will be ‘addressed’ in a way he ‘didn’t see coming’ in season 2.
When The Morning Show returns for season 2 on September 17, UBA weatherman Yanko Flores still hasn’t moved on from his breakup with Claire. HollywoodLife got EXCLUSIVE scoop from Nestor Carbonell about Yanko and Claire’s relationship in season 2 and whether or not these two will end up back together.
“In the first episode, we see Yanko still heartbroken,” Nestor told HollywoodLife during The Morning Show’s season 2 press junket. “It’s been six months, but it hasn’t been enough time. He deeply fell in love with this girl, and I don’t want to spoil it for the rest… for those who haven’t seen the season, but it will be addressed. That relationship is addressed, and it’s addressed in a way that I didn’t see coming.”
Nestor added that Yanko and Claire’s relationship continues to evolve in season 2 as the writers “bring up other issues between them that have nothing to do with the power dynamics of work or the age gap, for that matter. And I love that and I love that those issues come into play.”
In Nestor’s point of view, Yanko still has so much hope about being with Claire, going out on that romantic date, and making all the dad jokes. “Oh, Yanko is never going to stop seeing a future with Claire,” Nestor told HollywoodLife. “He’s always going to love her and whether or not they’ll have that relationship, we’ll see. Time will tell. But no, he’s got tremendous love for her. They were very compatible in many ways, even with that enormous… I’m sorry, slight age difference.”
The Morning Show
as… Yanko Flores
STATUS: Sn 3 Films August 2022
FanX Salt Lake
STATUS: September 22 – 24
(Subject to Change)
Site Name: Néstor Carbonell Central
Opened: December 1, 2020
Merged With Nestor Carbonell Fans: July 2021