NEW YORK — As a child in Puerto Rico, Ismael Cruz was delighted by the colorful characters in “Sesame Street,” who not only entertained and educated him, but helped him learn “inglés.” He could not have imagined that two decades later he would be playing with them in front of the cameras.
Cruz is the newest Hispanic addition to popular children series’ cast, playing Armando, or “Mando.”
“ ‘Sesame Street’ is a magical place. It doesn’t matter if you are working there or just visiting, or if you’re watching on TV, that magic is always there,” said Cruz, 26. “I grew up watching the show, and for me it was a place that really existed and to which as a child I aspired to go, a place so diverse that I could see myself in the faces of the people that were there. Being on the set now is that, but with cameras.”
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