‘Dora the Explorer’ actress, Isabela Moner, opens up about the challenges of playing the iconic children’s character.
Isabela Moner, who stars as the famously curious character in the film, spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about why she really enjoyed the opportunity to play the character in the live-action movie.
Moner previously starred in “Sicario: Day of the Soldado” and “Instant Family”, two relatively dramatic feature films.
That said, Isabela Moner admits that she was excited to play a high school version Dora sit allowed her the opportunity to play the kind of character. She explains, “It was actually kind of a relief because, usually, those are the roles that I’m offered. You’d be surprised… Directors and writers seem to think that only one kind of teenager exists: the angsty and sassy one with attitude. It’s fine to an extent, but it just gets boring as an actor. So, I was really excited to try something completely different. With this opportunity as Dora, the script itself already had that wit in place — that self-aware kind of humor that was a bit meta for the world it took place in. I just wanted to make her feel like you snatched her out of the animated show and brought her into real life. I wanted to do exaggerated facial expressions like Jim Carrey or Will Ferrell.”
Another thing interesting about playing Dora was that her ethnicity was not the focus of the character. She says, “There’s just not a lot of well-rounded or multidimensional roles for people like me. Usually, my roles focus on the fact that I am Hispanic, and that’s great and all, but it would be really nice to play a role that’s written to be ethnically ambiguous. That’s what I love about Dora because you kinda forget that she’s this Latina icon in the movie.”