"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 speaks in great detail about her 35-year run as "Maria" on the classic children's series Sesame Street, for which she has appeared continuously from the beginning of its run. 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 at the Sesame Workshop in New York, NY on July 15, 2004.