Meet the New Latino Sesame Street Character – Mando!

A new Latino neighbor has moved into Sesame Street. Armando, who is nicknamed Mando, will be the new Latino character on the iconic PBS show. Puerto Rican actor Ismael Cruz Cordova will play the energetic and friendly sky blue Muppet. Cordova has a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and has previously starred in shows like, The Good Wife.

“I am honestly still in shock,” the 26-year-old actor said in a release. “I am incredibly proud to be a part of a show that acknowledges and celebrates diversity so whole-heartedly and am so grateful to have been given the opportunity to represent Latino-Americans on ‘Sesame Street.’”

Sonia Manzano was the first Latina lead on the show and quickly made television history. The Puerto Rican actress joined Sesame Street in 1971 and has won 15 Emmy Awards to date for her writing on the show.

“It's a show that's always cutting edge, that is always aware of what's going on with the population, so by including a character that is young, with new perspectives, Latino, and that bring that new generation, it is carrying on with that message," Cruz said to the AP.

Cookie Monster, Elmo, Bert, Ernie and the rest of the gang will welcome Mando on September 16th, when the show celebrates its 44th season. Isn’t that impressive?