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Suki Lopez is a New York City based actress hailing from the shiny shores of Miami. Lopez, a Cuban-American artist, is best known for her role as Nina ( "la latina" ) on HBO's Sesame Street. Previous credits include the National Tour of West Side Story, Disney Cruise Line and an episode of Bravo's Odd Mom Out. When she's not acting, Suki's exploring New York Cities food scene with her Chef husband or just drinking a cafe con leche at home.
"suki" 好き Japanese - verb: "to like, to love,"
"From Aimee Carrero's star turn as Disney's first Latina princess to Chrissie Fit's crooning in Pitch Perfect, Miami actors have been dominating Hollywood by breaking stereotypes. Suki Lopez has now shot to the forefront of that noble trend. The newest season of the age-old classic Sesame Street has cast Lopez as "Nina la Latina." The actress is not afraid to let her Miami-ness come out when playing the character. She describes Nina as a "total millennial" who works tons of jobs on Sesame Street to pay her way through college. Just like Lopez, Nina is bilingual, Cuban-American, and proud of her heritage."
The New Latina on ’Sesame Street' Responds to Change.org Petition
"there's been a lot of controversy surrounding Nina's numerous jobs on Sesame Street, which consists of babysitting Elmo, working at a bike shop as well as a laundromat.
Meet Suki Lopez, ‘Sesame Street’s New Latina Resident /// 2016
“It really changes my demeanor. I get a big smile, and it is very natural, it just happens. I see that with a lot of people. If you see the puppets at an event, people’s faces change. It is like a free pass to childhood for a moment, every time you see a Sesame Street character.” - By Yara Simón
NBC NEWS LATINO
"I now have this affiliation with Sesame Street and their values. So I want to make sure that the values that I stand for on the show come through in my real life," she said, "which is a good thing. If more of the world were like Sesame Street, it would absolutely be a better place." - Suki Lopez NBC News Latino
NAPLES DAILY NEWS
Review: 'West Side Story' rumbles into Naples with soaring song, dance
What Will HBO’s Sesame Street Look Like? /// 2016
Manzano moved out, and “Nina,” a young, bilingual character who resembles a living Dora the Explorer, moved in. - By Jessica Pressler
Back off Sesame Streets New Character Nina
The character of Nina was introduced just two weeks ago. - There is plenty of time for her character to grow and develop, and this may indeed include Nina enrolling in college. Ironically, in real life Lopez is a college student; she is pursuing a degree at the New School in New York City. In response to this controversy, she recently tweeted that "For me, Nina is a college student. She works her side jobs to pay for school and rent." - Raul A. Reyes
MIAMI NEW TIMES
"She laughs when asked if Nina inherited any of Lopez's Miami aesthetic. Some traits are innately a part of her, but she wants to keep the character open and relatable across all cultures, she says."
THE BEAST IN MY PANTS
The cast of THE BEAST IN MY PANTS will feature Patrick Kerr (Broadway's YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU, "Frasier"), Michael Goldsmith (TALES OF THE RED VIENNA at Manhattan Theatre Club), Kathy Searle ("Baby Mama," "LI Divas") Suki Lopez ("Sesame Street") and Jay Leibowitz (The Acting Company). Marisa Redanty (Broadway's 45 SECONDS FROM BROADWAY, "The Sopranos") will replace the previously announced Catherine Curtin.
HBO’s ‘Sesame Street,’ Fancy but Not Free
"The human cast adds Suki Lopez as Nina, a bilingual Hispanic neighbor. (HBO’s description says she works at the coin laundry and the bike store; perhaps she needs two jobs to afford premium cable.)"
Sesame Street’s New Resident Speaks About Being Latina, Bilingual, And Proud
Suki grew up among many other Latinos and has always been proud of her heritage, something that seemed to confuse people outside of her hometown. As she told The Miami New Times, “I once had somebody comment to me: ‘It’s funny — you’re so proud to be Latina. I’ve never met somebody who’s so proud.'” Her reaction is one that many of have: “Why wouldn’t I be?” She hopes pride comes through in her character, a bilingual college student named Nina. -Alex Alvarez