New Netflix Animated Series Lets Saldaña Embrace Latin Culture, Birth Name


Actress Zoe Saldana attends the “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2” premiere in London on April 24, 2017. REUTERS / Hannah McKay / Files

October 20 (Reuters) – The new Netflix animated series “Maya and the Three” has given its best voice actor, Zoe Saldaña, a return to her Latin roots as well as her birth name.

The show, which begins airing Friday, brings together mythologies from Latin American cultures to tell an epic tale of four heroes who set out to defeat the gods of the underworld.

At the start of each episode, Saldaña’s name is displayed with a tilde over the n.

Saldaña has mostly been billed without the tilde in projects like “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Avengers: Endgame,” but now she wants to move forward with proper writing.

“It happened so young when my name was taken from me,” said Saldaña. “My kindergarten teacher, I remember, said that you are not Saldaña, this letter does not exist and therefore we cannot pronounce it.

“This is important. My name has been taken from me and I want it to be recovered. I want to see my name as it is written on my birth certificate and so it feels really good,” she said. declared.

Saldaña hopes the series will spark curiosity about Latin culture. “Aztec culture, Mayan culture, Inca culture, Arawaks – who are the Arawaks of the Caribbean? Because these are civilizations that fundamentally define Latinos.

“We’re finally here. I can share what excites me most, it’s my heritage,” she said.

Report by Rollo Ross; Writing by Mark Porter; Editing by Rosalba O’Brien

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