PERDIDA EN MANHATTAN

Sonia Manzano aka Maria Figueroa from Sesame Street
The Cast:
"I wanted to know what kind of character she [Maria] was, and Jon [casting director] kept saying, ‘We want you to be yourself. We want the kid on the Lower East Side to look at you and say, "That’s me."’
"One time the costume designer put me in a pleated skirt and knee socks and a little vest; I looked like a coed. And I had makeup. Jon, who was a passionate, short-tempered man, came on the set and was furious. He grabbed me, we went into the makeup room and I sat down in the makeup chair. He said to the makeup artist, ‘God damn it! I go through all this trouble to cast real people and you make her look like a Kewpie doll.’ Well, the makeup artist was very nervous and she starts taking off my makeup. And I’m looking in the mirror and I’m realizing that, this is my position on the show, to be myself, to be real, to talk the way I talk, to dress the way I dress. This is why I got cast. It was like, ‘Ding! Got it.’”
—Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street by Michael Davis

Sonia Manzano aka Maria Figueroa from Sesame Street

The Cast:

"I wanted to know what kind of character she [Maria] was, and Jon [casting director] kept saying, ‘We want you to be yourself. We want the kid on the Lower East Side to look at you and say, "That’s me."’

"One time the costume designer put me in a pleated skirt and knee socks and a little vest; I looked like a coed. And I had makeup. Jon, who was a passionate, short-tempered man, came on the set and was furious. He grabbed me, we went into the makeup room and I sat down in the makeup chair. He said to the makeup artist, ‘God damn it! I go through all this trouble to cast real people and you make her look like a Kewpie doll.’ Well, the makeup artist was very nervous and she starts taking off my makeup. And I’m looking in the mirror and I’m realizing that, this is my position on the show, to be myself, to be real, to talk the way I talk, to dress the way I dress. This is why I got cast. It was like, ‘Ding! Got it.’”

—Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street by Michael Davis

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