Aimee was on KTLA Morning news this morning. She was adorable as usual. She discusses Elena of Avalor which airs this Friday!
One of the knocks against Disney has been that despite a wide variety of princesses in the company’s TV and film productions, there has not been one to represent the Hispanic population. That changes with the launch of “Elena of Avalor.”
The new animated series for the Disney Channel is set in a fictitious world, but the princess and the country where she lives definitely have been inspired by Latin cultures and folklore. The series will follow Elena (voiced by Aimee Carrero), a 16-year-old ascendant to the throne of the fairytale kingdom of Avalor.
Carrero, who was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and grew up in the community of Miami, knew from the moment she was cast this wasn’t just another in a long line of acting roles.
“I think about the importance every single day. It’s an incredible honor. There are no words to describe it,” Carrero says. “I guess that’s not good for you since you are writing a story.”
Carrero found plenty to say about the show, which exists in the same world as the mega Disney Jr. hit “Sofia the First.” It’s a little easier for her to talk about the series now that the first season has been completed. Seeing little girls dressed as Elena, who tell her how much they are inspired by the character, has been enough to bring her to tears.
Carrero knows how they feel since she spent a lot of time at Disney World, where her uncle worked and an Imagineer. She was moved as a youngster by the Disney princesses, especially those who showed an adventurous side such as Mulan, Jasmine or Cinderella.
What she sees as an adventurous quality she calls curiosity in herself. Carrero is certain she got into acting because she was curious what it would be like to be another person. In a moment of pure honesty, Carrero admits that acting came along by default because she couldn’t sing or dance.
It’s worked out so far as her credits include “Level Up,” “Blue Lagoon: The Awakening,” “Devil’s Due” and “The Americans.” She’s also one of the stars of “Young & Hungry.” She hopes to be able to continue with that series or star in a potential spinoff along with doing the voice work.
“Elena of Avalor” is the first voice work for Carrero. She loves the challenge because it gives her the chance to work with a different kind of partner, the animators. And, there are the writers who have created a character who while not perfect is very positive and willing to learn
“I hope people pick up that leadership is not about power,” Carrero says. “It’s about doing what is best even if that comes at a great sacrifice. I hope that kids can see that.”
The bigger picture is that now Disney has a Latina princess to go along with the other princesses from around the world.
There are no plans now, but because her series is animated, there’s always a chance a Disney princess might stop by to visit in the future. Carrero’s choices for guest spots include Tatiana, Mulan or Sleeping Beauty.
Carrero laughs and says that Snow White would probably be terrified of Elena.
The rest of the cast includes Jenna Ortega, Chris Parnell, Yvette Nicole Brown, Carlos Alazraqui, Emiliano Díez, Julia Vera, Christian Lanz, Jillian Rose Reed, Joseph Haro and Jorge Diaz.
Aimee was at the Beverly Hills premiere for Elena of Avalor with the cast a few days ago and she looked ADORABLE. They cut a cake for her birthday.. with Elena on the cake! So cute. Thanks to AliKat for some of these.
Aimee was on Despierta América ! on July 13th and I finally was able to find a video of the segment. You can watch it here. Be sure to disable any adblocker as the video will not load if you have one active. The interview is in spanish and Aimee was just ADORABLE. She discusses Elena of Avalor in the interview.
Press: Aimee Carrero On Disney’s Latina-Inspired Princess: “She Is A Woman Of Color In A Position Of Power”
Disney’s first-ever Latina-inspired princess, Elena of Avalor, will soon be making her television debut. The Dominican-American actress Aimee Carrero, 27, is the voice behind, arguably, the company’s longest awaited princess. Carrero recently sat down with Fox News Latino, where she discussed why voicing the first Latina Disney princess is not only an honor to her, but a dream come true.
“It feels incredible. It’s totally amazing and totally surreal,” she told FNL. “We’ve been waiting a long time for this—not just our generation, but many generations before us. I consider it a great honor and a great responsibility, and I couldn’t be prouder of this character and the character that Disney has created.”
Carrero describes her 16-year-old character as adventurous, bold, courageous and “in charge of her own destiny.” As most teenagers, she’s eager and thinks she’s ready to rule her kingdom, but soon finds out there’s so much more to being a queen than meets the eye. To Carrero, it’s princess Elena’s adventurous journey as a strong young woman that makes this story so alluring.
“She’s out there, making her own decisions,” she said. “She’s her own hero. There is no Prince Charming—there’s no love story there—and I think that is representative of what’s happening around the world with women. We are finding our partners later in life. We are making those commitments later in life, and we are focusing more on ourselves and what we can bring to the table before we go out and search for a partner.”
Right on! Elena of Avalor will tell stories influenced by the traditions, foods, mythology, folklore and the customs of Latin cultures. For example, in the first episode viewers will see the story of a shape-shifting creature based on the Chilean Mapuche (a group of indigenous inhabitants) myth of the Peuchen. Viewers will also see a spirit guide from a Mayan tribe in Mexico.
“What makes [Elena] stand out is that she is a woman of color in a position of power and is doing a great job,” Carrero said. “She’s just a strong role model and a flawed role model. I think it’s important to remind the audience that just because you’re a leader, doesn’t mean you have all the answers.
Other characters in the series will be voiced by talents like Jenna Ortega, Constance Maria, Lou Diamond Phillips, Jaime Camil, Justina Machado, Tyler Posey and Lucas Grabeel.
Appearing in the various shows like “The Americans”, “Lincoln Heights” and Freeforms hit series “Young & Hungry,” Elena of Avalor will be Carrero’s first ever voice-acting role. “I take that as a compliment—to have a varied career so far,” she said. “I think I’ve been very lucky to be able different characters and different genres, different modes or genres of arts.”
Elena of Avalor will debut on the Disney Channel in a one-hour, two-episode premiere on July 22.
I’ve added a bunch of Young and Hungry photos of Aimee from this week’s episode and an upcoming episode in 2 weeks. Thanks to my friend Angela for the stills and on the set photos. Be sure to follow her on twitter for news and updates on Emily Osment.
Press: Voice actress on Disney’s 1st Latina princess, ‘Elena of Avalor,’: ‘We’ve been waiting a long time’
Disney’s first ever Latina-inspired princess is finally making her television debut.
“Elena of Avalor” hits screens in a one-hour, two-episode premiere next week, and fans can expect to follow her on exciting adventures and have new Disney characters to fall in love with.
Behind the adventurous Elena is 27-year-old actress Aimee Carrero, whose mother is Dominican and her father Puerto Rican. Voicing the first Latina Disney princess is both a dream and an honor for her.
“It feels incredible. It’s totally amazing and totally surreal,” she told Fox News Latino. “We’ve been waiting a long time for this – not just our generation, but many generations before us. I consider it a great honor and a great responsibility, and I couldn’t be prouder of this character and the character that Disney has created.”
Carrero describes the 16-year-old Elena as a typical teenager who thinks she is ready to take on the world – or rule a kingdom – but finds out that there is so much more to being a queen and having that power. She is adventurous, bold, courageous and “in charge of her own destiny.”
“She’s out there, making her own decisions,” she said of Elena. “She’s her own hero. There is no Prince Charming – there’s no love story there – and I think that is representative of what’s happening around the world with women. We are finding our partners later in life. We are making those commitments later in life, and we are focusing more on ourselves and what we can bring to the table before we go out and search for a partner.”
“Elena of Avalor” will tell stories that draw on the traditions, foods, mythology, folklore and customs of Latin and Hispanic cultures. In the first episode, fans will see a shapeshifting creature based on the Chilean Mapuche myth of the Peuchen and a spirit guide from a Mayan tribe in southern Mexico.
“What makes (Elena) stand out is that she is a woman of color in a position of power and is doing a great job,” Carrero said. “She’s just a strong role model and a flawed role model. I think it’s important to remind the audience that just because you’re a leader, doesn’t mean you have all the answers.”
It is something that Carrero learned and Elena will come to understand during the season.
“(Being a leader) is not so much excising power,” Carrero told FNL, “as it is listening to other people and taking suggestions from other people. And sacrifice is at the center of any good leader. You have to do what is best for the greater number of people – even if it comes at a cost to you.”
Other characters in the series will be voiced by the likes of Jenna Ortega, Constance Maria, Lou Diamond Phillips, Jaime Camil, Justina Machado, Tyler Posey and Lucas Grabeel.
Carrero said it’s very different being a voice actor because you don’t interact with your co-stars. She joked that she begged those in charge of scheduling to put her in the studio at the same time as other actors so that she could cross paths with them.
In addition to “Elena of Avalor,” Carrero appears in the Freeform (formally known as ABC Family) hit series, “Young & Hungry,” as well as shows like “The Americans” and “Lincoln Heights.” This is her first voice-acting role.
“I take that as a compliment – to have a varied career so far,” she said. “I think I’ve been very lucky to be able different characters and different genres, different modes or genres of arts.”
“I”ll take charge like the leader I know I can be, and take care of all those who are counting on me!”
The new Disney Channel original animated series Elena of Avalor is premiering this month, and its protagonist is Disney’s first Latina princess.
Actress Aimee Carrero voices the titular character Elena, a princess recently released from an amulet she spent 41 years trapped in, thanks to an evil sorceress. In the body of a 16-year-old, Elena is tasked with taking care of her family, ruling the kingdom and restoring it to greatness.
“What I love most about Elena is she’s her own hero,” Carrero said in an interview with ABC News. “There’s no Prince Charming, so I hope people at home watching will just be inspired her sense of self, her confidence and her leadership.”
Elena of Avalor is technically a spinoff of a storyline from Disney Junior show Sofia the First. Like in Sofia the First, Elena of Avalor features original musical numbers.
Sofia the First faced some controversy when it first aired for billing the fair-skinned, blue-eyed princess as Latina. Elena of Avalor not only features a proud Latina princess, but the setting of the show is inspired by various Hispanic cultures.
“Disney’s been in my family for a very long time and just to see my own images represented – my own culture represented – is really special and I hope it will be for everybody watching,” Carrero, who is Dominican and Puerto Rican, told ABC News.
Elena of Avalor will premiere on July 22 at 7:00 p.m. on Disney Channel.