The Teen Beach Movie and Pitch Perfect 2 star has joined the new Disney Channel animated series as Princess Valentina.
Chrissie commemorated the moment on Instagram as Aimee Carrero, who voices Elena, crowned her.
“She’s been a part of my LA-Miami family for years and now @chrissiefit is joining the #ElenaofAvalor family! Couldn’t be happier to extend my flu–er, Royal Welcome to this amazing woman,” Aimee wrote on her Instagram.
The 28-year-old Young & Hungry actress opened up about being the voice of Disney’s first Latina princess, her upcoming wedding and more. Check it:
On her upcoming wedding: “[It's] very quickly approaching. I’m trying to take in and enjoy as much as I can—a huge challenge for an anxiety-ridden person! Both my fiancé and I will be relieved when the day finally comes and there are no more to-do lists and seating chart dramas!”
On being the voice of Elena of Avalor: “It means the absolute world to me. Latin people have been waiting a long time to see our images represented. What excites me the most about Elena of Avalor is that it features a woman of color in a powerful position, doing a great job. She is a great ambassador; not only for Latin people, but for those who are unfamiliar with our culture and traditions.”
On what young Latinas can take away from her shows: “That they are capable; that they CAN. These projects are important steps in a marathon run towards equality. I am able to play these characters because of women like Rita Moreno and Chita Rivera who paved the way. We must build on what the women who came before us have done; it is a hard, necessary, rewarding labor.”
Aimee Carrero wears her crown proud at the Elena of Avalor screening held at The Paley Center for Media on Saturday (July 16) in Beverly Hills, Calif.
The 28-year-old actress, and voice of Elena, was joined by co-stars Jillian Rose Reed, Joseph Nunez, Yvette Nicole Brown and creator Craig Gerber, plus Ivonne Coll, Julia Vera, Constance Marie, Chris Parnell and Danny Trejo.
Earlier in the week, Aimee screening the debut episode in Miami, Florida.
“(Elena’s) out there, making her own decisions,” Aimee shared in an interview. “She’s her own hero. There is no Prince Charming. There’s no love story there – and I think that is representative of what’s happening around the world with women. We are finding our partners later in life. We are making those commitments later in life, and we are focusing more on ourselves and what we can bring to the table before we go out and search for a partner.”
“What makes (Elena) stand out is that she is a woman of color in a position of power and is doing a great job,” she added. “She’s just a strong role model and a flawed role model. I think it’s important to remind the audience that just because you’re a leader, doesn’t mean you have all the answers.”
FYI: Aimee carried an Alexandra Clancy clutch and wore a Waldrip top.
35+ pics inside Aimee Carrero and Jillian Rose Reed…
Elena of Avalor gets trapped and protected inside her own special amulet in this new sneak peek to the new Disney Channel series.
Set in the enchanted fairy tale land of Avalor, the series tells the story of Elena (Aimee Carrero), a brave and adventurous teenager who has saved her kingdom from an evil sorceress and must now learn to rule as crown princess until she is old enough to be queen. Elena’s journey will lead her to understand that her new role requires thoughtfulness, resilience and compassion, the traits of all truly great leaders.
The stories incorporate influences from diverse Latin and Hispanic cultures through architecture, traditions, food and customs. Magic, mythology, folklore and music also play an important role, with each episode featuring original songs spanning an array of Latin musical styles including Mariachi, Latin Pop, Salsa, Banda and Chilean Hip Hop.
In the first episode, Elena officially becomes crown princess and rescues her sister, Isabel, from Noblins, elf-like shapeshifting creatures based on a Chilean peuchen myth. The episode also introduces Zuzo, Elena’s spirit guide in the animal world, based on the belief of a Mayan tribe in southern Mexico. In the second episode, titled “Model Sister”, Elena is torn between a promise she made to help Isabel (Jenna Ortega) and fulfilling her royal duties.
The one-hour premiere event will air on Friday, July 22nd @ 7PM ET/PT on Disney Channel, and this fall, a special TV movie titled Elena and the Secret of Avalor will make its premiere, which explains how Elena was imprisoned for decades in her magical amulet and eventually set free by Princess Sofia of Enchancia.
Tyler Posey as Prince Alonso, a charming prince from the Argentine-inspired Kingdom of Cordoba; Lucas Grabeel as Jiku, the leader of the Noblins; Jillian Rose Reed as as Naomi, Princess Elena of Avalor’s closest friend and fellow adventurer; and Marsai Martin as Cat, a budding scientist and adventurer, and many more round out the cast.