What did you like most about playing her?
For me I initially was like, 'This is such a great opportunity to create a cartoon, a character.' I got to create a funny voice and have all this attitude. I was doing all this research as an actor watching Bingo and Gidget, and I noticed there weren’t many Latinas in those movies. I thought, this is any opportunity for me to be in a film and give these little girls, the chance to see themselves on screen and say ‘mom, we did exist back then and look we were on the beach too.'
It became a bigger project with more importance to me. Disney is so good about that and they’ve been pioneers for that for a really long time, if you watch any of their programming, you see so much diversity. I’m just glad I got to be the Latina in this movie.
Was there anything you didn’t like about playing this character?
No, you know it’s funny because some of the cast mates call me Cheechee. They don’t call me Chrissie. They have me saved on their phone as Cheechee because I just became this character so they just affectionately call me that.
Do you share any similarities with Cheechee?
We are sassy and fun, but she is definitely way cooler than me!
What would you say is different about your styles? I see you, and you're girly, while Cheechee has this sort of tough look going.
Yeah! She wears the leather and I don’t ever wear leather. You know, I’m super girly, and like to wear skirts and dresses all the time. But she is definitely way more stylish than me.
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