Meet Disney’s First Jewish Princess, Voiced by Jamie-Lynn Sigler
It’s her time. Elena from Elena of Avalor has been a magical addition to the Disney family since 2016, celebrating her culture and identity as the first Latina princess. Now, Disney Channel is taking their television show one step further, with an episode featuring Disney’s first Jewish princess. Here’s what we know about this character, the upcoming episode, and her voice actress, Jamie-Lynn Sigler.
This unnamed character will be Disney’s first Jewish princess and will appear an on ‘Elena of Avalor’
The next season of Elena of Avalor is right around the corner. These upcoming episodes will put an extra emphasis on cultural identities and even feature a few holiday episodes. According to The DisInsider, the holiday specials include an episode about Dia de Los Muertos. (Dia de Los Muertos is a Mexican holiday, which translates to “The Day of the Dead,” and celebrates the deceased.) This episode will guest-star Eugenio Derbez and Taye Diggs in voice roles.
Additionally, this season will also feature some aspects of Jewish culture. During one episode, Elena will be celebrating Hanukkah with the unnamed princess. Although not much is known about this character, Disney revealed that she will be voiced by The Sopranos alumna, Jamie-Lynn Sigler.
‘The Sopranos’ actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler will voice this princess
This is not the first time Elena of Avalor broke boundaries for Disney, as Elena is Disney’s first Latina princess. The character often celebrates her culture on the show. Soon, she’ll help showcase the culture of others, with this upcoming episode.
According to Today, “Sigler grew up Jewish in Jericho, New York. She took a Birthright trip to Israel in 2008, telling The Jerusalem Post that ‘it’s one of the most beautiful, inspiring places I’ve ever been to… I now have a greater understanding and motivation about preserving my Jewishness.'”
“A little over a year ago, I had the honor of writing an #ElenaOfAvalor episode featuring Disney’s first Jewish princess,” Ruderman tweeted Wednesday. “[Jamie-Lynn Sigler] knocks the role out of the park (wait ’till you hear her song!) and [Craig Gerber] directs it masterfully. Can’t wait to share this one!”
Fans on Twitter are excited about the diversity in upcoming and current Disney movies and television shows
Whether it’s the cast of The Lion King or live-action movies like Mulan and Aladdin, Disney is embracing diversity now more than ever. Disney’s recent princess film, Moana, earned the nomination for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year. Pixar’s film, Coco, won that same award the following year. Additionally, there will be sequels to movies like Black Panther and Captain Marvel within the upcoming years.
Especially with Marvel, the cast of superheroes is slowly, but surely, becoming more diverse. Thanks to the success of movies like Black Panther and Captain Marvel, Marvel’s Phase 4 and Phase 5, including the first Muslim-American superhero, Kamala Khan. Natalie Portman will portray the title character in Thor: Love and Thunder.
Elena of Avalor is currently playing on Disney Junior, on Disney Channel.