Sesame Street has a new resident — and it’s not a new muppet. Joining the neighborhood is Suki Lopez, better known on the street as Nina.
Cuban-American Lopez will play the role of the character described as “a young bilingual Hispanic woman who uses her wit, compassion, and charisma to help the furry residents of Sesame Street solve their daily dilemmas.”
And she’s super excited. “As they are bringing out the puppets, I see the faces behind the characters I have known forever!” says Lopez.
She also hopes to be on the show just as long as another Latina resident, Sonia Manzano, who played Maria on the show for 44 years. “This show has a tremendous history and I hope to be part of it for a long time,” Lopez said.
Lopez will be debuting her character while Sesame Street debuts in its new home, HBO. But all the episodes will also air on PBS.
This season you’ll also see Gina Rodriguez, Gwen Stefani, Pharrell and Nick Jones guest star.
Read more about Nina, the new resident in Sesame Street here.