August 16, 2006 11:01 PM by Joe Blackmon
Who Wants To Be A Superhero has been a surprisingly good reality TV show. The show doesn’t take itself to seriously, delivers several good laughs and successfully pulls off a challenging concept. Reality TV Magazine recently caught up with Tonatzin Mondragon who is the superhero Lemuria on the show. Unlike the other contestants that were picked by Stan Lee for the show, Lemuria was actually voted onto the show by Sci-Fi viewers.
Reality TV Magazine: What made you decide to audition for Who Wants To Be A Superhero?
Tonatzin Mondragon: My cousin was in the hospital getting Chemotherapy and saw the ads for the show on TV. My cousin and I used to run around pretending to be superheroes in our UnderRoos as kids. I also write a lot of stories. So he immediately thought of me and called me up and asked me to do the show for him. To which my response was “No. A reality show?! And in tights!.” To which he reminded me that he was in the hospital and would really appreciate the distraction. So I said I would think about it and call him back. I did and began to come up with a character that I really liked. So I jumped in. The week I went into the lair he went into remission.
Reality TV Magazine: Can you tell us how you came up with your superpowers and your catchphrase?
Tonatzin Mondragon: I came up with my character while going through myths that I was raised with and settled on the Seven Cities of Gold and myths of Atlantis and Lemuria. They all have to do with using the power of the Sun. So I thought that would be a great power to have as a Superhero, channeling the power of the Sun. As for my catchphrase "Hello Sunshine!" a la Betty Davis. Well, it’s fun and sexy.
Reality TV Magazine: Do you think the fact that you were voted onto the show via Internet fans instead of being selected by Stan Lee puts you at a disadvantage or gives you an advantage?
Tonatzin Mondragon: Getting voted on the show definitely gave me an advantage. Coming onto the show with a fan base. I didn’t want to disappoint them so it definitely pushed me harder to do well and make them proud.
Reality TV Magazine: In your audition video, you mention that you are a comic book fan. Can you tell us what some of your favorite comic books are?
Tonatzin Mondragon: I grew up reading a Chilean comic book called Condorito. I have also enjoyed Supergirl and I am really excited about the new Wonder Women.
Reality TV Magazine: If you were in charge of assembling a new superhero team, then what superheroes would you select for the team and why?
Tonatzin Mondragon: Levity-for his perspective and support in every problem. Nitro-for his gusto and humor. Monkey Women-for her tenacity. Feedback-For his ability (A heck of a go to guy). Major Victory-for his humor and help.
Reality TV Magazine: Did you get to meet Stan Lee during the filming of Who Wants To Be A Superhero or did he always appear via video screen? What is Stan Lee like when the cameras aren’t rolling?
Tonatzin Mondragon: I first met Stan on a plasma screen and found him a bit intimidating. But when I met him in person I was pleased to get to know his kindness. He is a lovely person to know.
Reality TV Magazine: Did you make friends or enemies with any of the other superheroes on the show? What was the relationship between the contestants like?
Tonatzin Mondragon: As you can see from the show Fat Momma and I have had our clashes. But I have made great friends as well. Nitro, Monkey Women and the Iron Enforcer are on my speed dial.
Reality TV Magazine: Has your life changed any since the show started airing? Do people recognize you on the street and ask for autographs?
Tonatzin Mondragon: I think that taking the risks on the show and getting over some of my fears have made me a much stronger person. I tend to face things that scare me or make me fearful with a little more courage. Because I have lost about 20 pounds since the show I look a little different. But as soon as people find out who I am, the feedback is amazing! People are really responding to this show.
Reality TV Magazine: Is there anything else that you would like to tell our readers and fans of Who Wants To Be A Superhero?
Tonatzin Mondragon: We’re a little bit of crazy, a whole lot of funny and all heart. And I am proud of each and everyone of us.