Jamie-Lynn Sigler and the Disney Channel shared some exciting news on Tuesday that will make history after 82 years of Disney princesses.
The 38-year-old actress will play Disney’s first Jewish Latina princess. Sigler will guest star as the voice of a new character in the third season of “Elena of Avalor”, premiering on Oct. 7.
The name of Sigler’s character has yet to be announced. However, we do know a few details contained in the Disney Channel’s press release.
The season will include holiday specials, such as Dia de Los Muertos, which celebrates the life of the deceased, and a Hanukkah-themed episode that welcomes another princess visiting from a “Latino Jewish kingdom.”
“This December Elana Of Avalor will celebrate a Hanukkah-themed episode guest-starring Jamie-Lynn Sigler as a visiting princess from a Latino Jewish kingdom and next year Elena’s royal coronation special,” Walt Disney Television Animation News revealed.
Rachel Ruderman, a writer for the Emmy Award-winning children’s TV series, added a bit more context on the new princess:
Sigler is perfect for the role being Jewish and Latina herself. The “Sopranos” actress’s father is Jewish and her Cuban mother converted to the religion.
Sigler celebrated the news online:
The television star attended Hebrew school when she was a young girl and embarked on a birthright trip to Israel in 2008.
“It’s one of the most beautiful, inspiring places I’ve ever been to,” Sigler shared. “I now have a greater understanding and motivation about preserving my Jewishness.”
Disney’s groundbreaking news has received a lot of love online.
Voice actress Alyson Leigh Rosenfeld replied to Sigler’s tweet:
A Jewish mother said: