Judy Reyes is all about the kids. Legitimately not on some pretentious let me take some photos with ailing children to make me appear compassionate.
The native New Yorker, along with her partner George Valencia, her former Devious Maids cast mate, Roselyn Sanchez and her husband, Eric Winter, have created the aspirational cartoon, La Golda. “We want to empower young women and young girls,” says Reyes. “La Golda is a spunky tough role model. She is more of a reflection of what exist in kids today and more of a reflection of the actual world out there. She’s resilient and happy even with the challenges of the world.”
Here, Reyes speaks about what’s next for La Golda and what she’ll treasure about her time on Devious Maids.
Why was it so important that La Golda was an orphan?
I think it was in terms of making her a leader. Someone who comes from nothing and a child seems to be unaffected by the issues and adults in the world affects them with insecurity and self-doubt. But she is so spunky and so passionate about the sport and undaunted. I think that puts you in the position of leadership. Normally in animation, you see kids as rulers of their world. In one way or another, all of these kids have the odds piled against them but they are still looking out for each other. And for all kids out there, who like La Golda says feels like they’re alone but their not. That’s what La Golda is about. Addressing all of these issues that aren’t normally addressed in animation. Because in every animation you see it is already taken care of and all of the marvel type of comics about saving the world. It is more of a realistic and direct approach to changing the world from the very beginning. From the most unaffected place which is the mind of a child and we’re using the biggest sport in the world to do it and have an all-inclusive cast. Especially in this day of age where all of that fear and hate mongering is being shoved in our face.
We love that she’s so chubby and adorable.
It is also an endearing quality about a Latino kid in particular. Huggable and the name is also a play on her appearance as well as the joyful exuberance of actually scoring a goal, which is La Golda’s obsession.
The cartoon feels ideal for PBS as well as being part of the school curriculum.
Right now, we are working with Compton Unified school district in Compton to use it in terms of an educational platform and distribution was imminent. But educationally it is working for its content. The foundation is actually within the character in its animation. Its dine so many things through out the year. George Valencia, who’s my partner, along with Roslyn Sanchez and Eric Winter are working to make distribution happen. Which is also secondary and original intent being to educate. It will happen soon. A PBS or something similar would be wonderful.