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.
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