"When I was a kid, there was a lot of chaos going on around me and I did find a certain comfort in television sometimes. I hope I can be remembered as the person who created a moment of safety for a child watching."
About This Interview
In her one-and-a-half-hour Archive interview, Sonia Manzano talks about her role as "Maria" on the classic children series Sesame Street, which she had played continuously for the entire 35-year run of the show up to the time of the interview. She describes her audition for the show, a typical production week and important milestones for her character including her marriage to Luis and the birth of their daughter. She describes her prominence as a role model for Latinos on television, as a result of the popularity of the series. She also talks about key creative talent from the series including: Jim Henson and puppeteer Fran Brill, as well as performers Bob McGrath, Emilio Delgado, Loretta Long, Matt Robinson, Will Lee, Roscoe Orman, Linda Bove, Kevin Clash and Carroll Spinney. Karen Herman conducted the interview on July 15, 2004 at the Sesame Workshop in New York, NY.