LatinX Social Media Star PaqJonathan Talks TikTok, Drawing Inspiration From His Mother and More.

Comedy Content Creator, Jonathan Chavez, better known by PaqJonathan, gained viral fame through his hilarious skits on TikTok and Instagram. With over 46.9 million likes and over 1.4 million followers on Tiktok alone, Jonathan has won over the Latinx community using his impersonations of characters.

Taking from his childhood experiences, Jonathan has created an array of characters which give us a peek into common, everyday Hispanic moments with a heightened sense of comedy which has captivated a Spanish-speaking audience around the world.

Jonathan’s deep love, understanding, and appreciation for Mexican culture shines through in his content. At only 22 years old, this young and talented comedian is one to watch – and trust us, you’ll love to watch him!

Catch the exclusive interview with Jonathan Chavez below.

Jonathan, can you tell us a little bit about who you are and how you got started in social media? What has that journey been like for you? I’m a content creator on social media, and I got started by making videos imitating my mom. I posted my first video when I was still in high school back in 2018, and it went viral. I continued posting videos in college just for fun, and that’s when it took off and I started doing it for a living.

Can you tell me more about your family and your childhood? What was it like for you growing up? Is your family supportive of your career? Growing up, it was always just me, my sister and my mom. She was a single mother back then. I grew up in Denver, Colorado, and my family’s from Chihuahua, Mexico, but we would always go in the summer so I would always have that. But over here in the US, it’s just me, my mom, and my sister. It was pretty to have two different worlds growing up, you know? At first my family didn’t understand what I was doing, because it’s a new thing for those generations. My parents, my mom, my grandparents might not know what that really is, or how it works. Social media is brand new to them, but they love it. They think it’s funny. They’ve seen where it’s taken me so they believe in it now, and they’re very supportive.

You’re known for your comedy skits on social media portraying some typical Latin family members and neighbors which many of us can relate to growing up Hispanic. Where did you get the inspiration for your skits? Is there a particular person or memory you based your comedy on? I started by imitating my mom, how she would talk to her friends, and things she would tell us around the house. Me and my sibling, we would always laugh at her just because she was so funny in the way she would talk about people. So we would just always mock her in good fun, and one day my sister was like, “Oh, you should just record yourself doing it, and post it online.” And basically, that’s how I got started. I just posted one video, it went viral, and from there just kept doing more because people were really relating to it, and it just grew on social media. It became this thing it is today. 


Some videos people are like, “Is this how your mom really is?” And it’s not really my mom, because my mom has adjusted to us being young and how the new generations are now, so she tries to not be so traditional. Some of my ideas come from when I go visit friends and I see their moms on the phone. They’re always judging you, or seeing things and gossiping. That’s where a lot of it comes from. I remember one time I went to visit my grandma and they were all drinking coffee there, and they were talking about gossip. They were just talking about the centerpieces at a quinceañera and saying, “Ay, es que estaban bien sin chiste.” They were just talking about how they didn’t like the centerpieces at the party, and I ended up using that for inspiration for one of my videos.

What is the biggest misconception about you people may have from only knowing your characters on social media? People are always like, “Oh, how do you speak Spanish so fluently, or know so much about our culture?” And it’s because I used to go to Mexico and see it there. The biggest misconception is that I’m not from the US. Some people think that I’m a comadre or a señora, but I’m actually a Gen Z kid who grew up here in the US, who is representing my people, and stepping up for these people who are Mexican, but aren’t. So yeah, the biggest misconception is that I’m not American.

Who are your biggest influences in both your personal and professional life? Personally, it has to be my mom for everything she’s done. She’s always been there for me. I look up to her. She’s the strongest person I know. And I think another one of my inspirations would be Eugenio Derbez. I think he’s transitioned into bigger things, and everything he’s done for our community, representing. He’s an inspiration.

Is there someone you look up to that you would love to collaborate with given the opportunity? I think it would have to be Eugenio Derbez.

What have been your biggest challenges as a young social media star? And what do you do to stay grounded? Just dealing with what people have to say. Social media can be toxic. People are always giving you their opinions. And since I’ve been so young in this, sometimes I let it get to me, because, at the end of the day, I’m looking through good comments, but the bad ones really get to me. So that’s been a big challenge. Also leaving my parent’s home and leaving my mom because I moved out of state to pursue this career alone. Those have been some of the biggest challenges for me, but I always remember where I came from, and, what I will do, I will look back on my videos, and remind myself that this is me. This is my life. So don’t forget that. Everything you’re doing is who you are and where you came from, and those people are there supporting you. That’s what keeps me grounded.

What are some upcoming projects you’re working on that you’re most excited about? What are your goals for the next year? Stepping into acting more and showing another side of me, showing more range, and that I can do more things other than comedy or what I do on social media. So I’m very excited for that and some things that I have coming. My goal for next year would be to be on the big screen.

Finally, what is your favorite piece of Hispanic advice or phrase? And why? I think my favorite phrase would be, and I’m not sure if this counts, but I saw a picture of a kid across the border, saying “También de este lado hay sueños.”  Which means, “On this side, there are dreams too.” I love that phrase, because I think we forget that. No matter where we come from, we can all achieve things, and we all dream big and want to pursue bigger things.

Any last words for our readers? I’m just so thankful for everybody that has supported me. They’ve put me on this platform, and I’m very grateful for it. 

 

You can follow Jonathan on Instagram @PaqJonathan or TikTok @PaqJonathan69!

TALENT

PAQJONATHAN/JONATHAN CHAVEZ @paqjonathan

PRODUCTION

BURGERROCK MEDIA @burgerrockmedia 

IRMA PENUNURI @burgerrock

BURGERROCK STUDIOS @burgerrockstudios

PHOTOGRAPHER

MADELINE DERUJINSKY @derujinsky.jpeg

VIDEOGRAPHER 

ERIK ARELLANO @idkerik

STYLING

EMILY ALVAREZ @emily.alvrez

PRODUCTION ASSISTANT

SOFIA RIVERA @sosofiar

KARLA GONZALEZ @Karlitaa21

GROOMING

ZAYRA RAYO @zayrarayo

GLAM

NOEMI AZU @makeupartistnoemi

INTERVIEW

ROMINA MARTINEZ @rominaolivia_

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