Disney To Introduce First Jewish Princess In ‘Elena of Avalor’
Disney is continuing to make strides in representation, and they will continue to do so by introducing the first Jewish-Latina princess in an upcoming episode of Elena of Avalor on Disney Channel.
Jamie-Lynn Sigler (The Sopranos), will guest star on the popular show, which begins its third season on October 3rd. The holiday specials include Dia de Los Muertos, a holiday that celebrates the spirit of the deceased, which will guest-star Eugenio Derbez (Overboard) and Taye Diggs (Set It Up) in voice roles, and a Hanukkah-themed episode featuring a visiting princess from a Latino Jewish kingdom. Sigler’s character name has yet to be revealed.
Sigler who is Jewish herself took to Twitter to share her excitement on the project.
I am so excited to voice Disney’s first Jewish princess 💁🏽♀️❤️❤️❤️ https://t.co/TISMnknDyQ
— Jamie-Lynn Sigler (@JamieLSigler) September 17, 2019
Elena of Avalor explores diverse Latin folklore and cultures, so it makes sense that Disney would want to introduce more diverse characters and themes on the show.
It was also recently reported that season three would feature a stacked cast of guest stars including, Rachel Brosnahan and Tony Shalhoub (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel); Auli’i Cravalho (Moana); John Leguizamo (Moulin Rouge!); Melissa Fumero and Stephanie Beatriz (Brooklyn Nine‑Nine); Arturo Castro (Lady and the Tramp); Sofia Carson (Descendants); Kether Donohue (You’re the Worst); Kate Micucci (DuckTales); Allen Maldonado (black-ish); Gina Torres (Suits); Tovah Feldshuh (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend); professional wrestler Roman Reigns (WWE SmackDown); and Broadway stars Anthony Ramos (Hamilton), Andrea Martin (Pippin), Olga Merediz (In the Heights) and James Monroe Iglehart (Aladdin).
The show which premiered in 2016, and stars Aimee Carrero as the voice of Princess Elena; Jenna Ortega as Princess Isabel; Chris Parnell, Yvette Nicole Brown and Carlos Alazraqui as Jaquins Migs, Luna and Skylar; Emiliano Díez as Francisco; Julia Vera as Luisa; Christian Lanz as Chancellor Esteban; Jillian Rose Reed as Naomi; Joseph Haro as Mateo; Jorge Diaz as Gabe; Keith Ferguson as Zuzo; and Joe Nunez as Armando. Latin Grammy Award winner Gaby Moreno performs the series’ theme song and also voices Marlena.
The recurring voice cast for season three includes Constance Marie, Lou Diamond Phillips, Cheech Marin, Justina Machado, Jaime Camil, Gina Rodriguez, Danny Trejo, Rosie Perez, Diane Guerrero, Mario Lopez, Kimiko Glenn, Whoopi Goldberg, Cloris Leachman, and Tony Plana.
Elena of Avalor won the 2018 and 2019 Emmy for Outstanding Casting for an Animated Series or Special.
Source: Disney Channel