Stephanie Beatriz says Disney's 'Encanto' highlights power of self-discovery, beauty of Colombia

Peter Sblendorio, New York Daily News on

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Much of the story is told through original songs in English and Spanish by Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of Broadway musicals “In the Heights” and “Hamilton.”

“Disney Animation has a long and storied history of being the chef’s kiss at combining animation and storytelling in song, and I think this sort of follows in the footsteps of many, many greats that have come before, but also puts something really exciting, new, different into that world,” Beatriz said.

“I’m really excited for audiences to hear this music, especially in the theater, because it’s so alive. ... It’s so electric, and there’s no way people aren’t going to respond to it.”

Beatriz starred earlier this year in Miranda’s film adaptation of “In the Heights” as Carla, an upbeat salon employee in a predominantly Latino neighborhood in New York’s Washington Heights.

She’s proud to again provide big-screen representation for Latino audiences with “Encanto.”


“As somebody who grew up watching TV, constantly looking for people that look like me or look like my mom or look like my dad and coming up short a lot of the time, I think it would have been very satisfying as a kid,” Beatriz said.

“I would’ve popped in a VHS and looked at a Disney heroine that looked just like me. It would’ve been really cool, and now it possibly will be really cool for someone else.”


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