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Sesame Street Welcomes New Latino Character to the Neighborhood

May 14, 2013

Staff Reports -- HispanicBusiness

Sesame Street's newest addition, Ismael Cruz Cordova, with veteran actress Sonia Manzano.
Sesame Street's newest addition, Ismael Cruz Cordova, with veteran actress Sonia Manzano.

This week Sesame Street introduced a new Hispanic character to its family -- Armando, a Puerto Rican actor whose real name is Ismael Cruz Cordova.

Cordova will play Armando, or "Mando," who will join the other Latino residents, Maria and Luis, as well as the Spanish-speaking Muppets Rosita and Ovejita.

According to a Sesame Street, this is the first time the show, in its more than 40 years, did an open casting call to fill a new role.

"We know the Hispanic population in the U.S. is growing," Sesame Street Executive Producer Carol-Lynn Parente said. "And Sesame Street has always modeled that diversity from the very beginning."

One of the criteria for the actor was that he or she had to speak Spanish to land the role.

This will be Sesame Street's 44th season, and it will premiere Sept. 16.

Watch a short video (below) on how Sesame Street producers found Armando:


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