Donna High School graduate Cosme Flores remembered as a young boy being glued to the television set and watching the popular Power Rangers series. He was fascinated with the storylines and characters and eventually became a big fan of the program. Now, as a 22-year-old, Flores is doing more than just following the show – he’s staring in it.
“I was probably like 6 years old when I started following the show,” Flores said. “I remember spending days sitting in front of the TV at my grandma’s house watching the program while waiting for her to make me some tacos. Even though I was a kid, I never imagined that I would one day be on the show and be part of the program’s history.”
The Donna High School alumnus was among eight new cast members hired to join the next Power Rangers series titled “Power Rangers Beast Morphers” as the character “Ben.” He broke the news on his Facebook and Instagram pages and was immediately inundated with congratulatory messages from family and friends. He thanked them for their words of support.
“First and foremost, I want to say thank you to everyone for your kind words. It truly means the world to me. I really couldn’t be more grateful to have all this amazing support. I have been overwhelmed with nothing but joy and happiness. Secondly, I am super excited and can’t wait to show everyone what we have in store.”
Flores said acting was not on his radar as a child but he developed an interest in it as an incoming sophomore at DHS. He had registered for choir to meet his extra-curricular credit obligation, but on his first day of school he ran into Guadalupe Ibarra, the DHS Theatre Director at the time. “We got to talking and he recommended I should join the theater program. I think he saw something in me that I could do something with, so I decided to drop choir and join theater.”
While Flores enjoyed theater, he did not consider taking acting seriously or as a hobby. Instead, playing sports and a business-related career path were on his to-do list. Meanwhile, he auditioned for his first play and secured the lead role. “I didn’t know what it meant at the time. It was a lead role of a really funny show. I just kind of brushed it off when I should have been more grateful for it. When I performed on weekends, I started realizing what it was, what it meant to everyone and what it meant to me.”
Flores was also involved with the Texas Forensic Association which allowed him to travel throughout Texas and compete in drama, debate and speech. He learned how to prepare 10-minute monologues including humorous and dramatic interpretations. “What really started sticking out to me was humorous interpretation. Comedy has always been my niche. It was so much fun. I learned how to figure out characters and work with voices. That’s when I started to become creative with what I could do and what my characters could do.”
Flores also participated in one act plays and competed against other schools throughout his high school career. “That’s when I started learning the meaning of collaboration, working long hours and what it takes to put on a show.”
Flores said that it became clear to him that acting was a profession he wanted to pursue in the summer before his senior year. He was convinced after watching bloopers on YouTube of actors on TV shows. “I’m looking and laughing and it just hit me that this is their job. This is what they’re doing for the rest of their lives. They’re getting paid to do this and they’re having the time of their lives. That’s when I understood what ‘do what you love’ meant.”
After graduating from DHS in 2014, Flores was accepted into the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting program at The University of Texas at Austin. As a senior, he took part in an internship and learned from acting professionals such as Michael Cohen, who is best known for his role as Schwoz Schwartz in the Nickelodeon series Henry Danger, and well-known acting coach Howard Fine who has coached stars like Brad Pitt and Will Smith.
As a member of the UT-Austin’s showcase, Flores was picked up by an agent and manager. About a month after graduating from college, he was asked to audition for the new Power Rangers series and then there was a call back.
“My roommate and I were watching television when the phone rings and it’s my manager. He said ‘hey what are you doing’ and right then and there I knew something was up. He said don’t tell anybody but you got the part. My heart was racing. I was at a loss for words. Once I hung up, I called my parents. We cried. We were over the moon. This is a huge stepping stone for my career and I’m forever grateful.”
Flores, who now lives in Los Angeles, and the rest of the cast are in Auckland, New Zealand shooting for the new Power Ranger series. It is expected to be aired in 2019.