Disney just announced a new princess coming to its popular Disney Channel series “Elena of Avalor” — and she’ll be making history! As part of its season three premiere announcement, the team behind “Elena of Avalor” shared not only its starting date (Oct. 7), but also details for several forthcoming episodes, including a special Hanukkah-themed episode.
Actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler (“The Sopranos”) will guest star on “Elena of Avalor” as a visiting princess from a Latino-Jewish kingdom, according to Disney. The as-yet-unnamed character will be the first Jewish princess in the Disney princess lineup.
The actress happily shared the news of her work with the Disney Channel on Twitter.
“I am so excited to voice Disney’s first Jewish princess,” she posted with a retweet of the news, along with a photo from the show.
I am so excited to voice Disney’s first Jewish princess 💁🏽♀️❤️❤️❤️ https://t.co/TISMnknDyQ
— Jamie-Lynn Sigler (@JamieLSigler) September 17, 2019
The storyline has been in the works for more than a year, at least according to one of the show’s writers. Once Disney made the news official, writer Rachel Ruderman shared her involvement with the episode and her eager anticipation for fans to see Disney’s newest princess.
“A little over a year ago, I had the honor of writing an #ElenaofAvalor episode featuring Disney’s first Jewish princess,” she tweeted. “@JamieLSigler knocks the role out of the park (wait ’til you hear her song!) and @CraigGerber_ directs it masterfully. Can’t wait to share this one!.”
Fans of the show rejoiced at the news of a Disney Jewish Princess and posted their excitement for all the world to see. Twitter user Rachel (@RSF1819) said she wanted to cry over the news of how people of the Jewish faith would get “more representation” thanks to this character.
WE’RE GETTING A JEWISH DISNEY PRINCESS!!! I’m going to cry. Growing up, Rugrats was my only Jewish holiday special (thank you, Rugrats). I am so happy my daughter will get more representation. #ElenaOfAvalor #RepresentationMatters https://t.co/gVGF8UCBiD
— Rachel (@RachelNeedsANap) September 18, 2019
“Elena of Avalor” debuted in 2016 and the show has made a deliberate effort to highlight diverse cultures. The fictional city of Avalor is influenced by “diverse Latin cultures and folklore” using traditions, architecture and music inspired by ancient Caribbean, Spanish colonial and Mexican civilizations.
Disney has not yet released a premiere date for the special holiday-themed episode, but we suspect there will be updates in the coming weeks.