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Alonzo was born to mother Natalia Gonzalez, and father Adalberto Alonzo. She is the youngest sibling among the four children of her parents.
Cristela Alonzo gained stardom through her own sitcom ‘Cristela’.
Source: NBC News
Alonzo never met her biological father since her mother left the abusive husband while she was pregnant with her. Natalia, subsequently, raised the children by herself. In 2009, it was reported Alonzo’s father had passed away.
Raised in San Juan, Texas, the versatile personality created and starred in the ABC Sitcom titled ‘Cristela‘. Impressively, she is the first Latin woman in history to create, produce, write, and star in her own primetime comedy series.
Cristela Alonzo is a Voice Cast in HBO and BBC Drama ‘His Dark Materials’
His Dark Materials is a British fantasy-adventure series based on Philip Pullman‘s novels.
The series sees not just humans but daemons – the physical manifestation of the human soul – able to interact and communicate with people, carrying a similar level of intelligence. Daemons take the form of an animal and are capable of human speech.
“Hester could fight: her claws were sharp, too, and she was tough and brave.”
— His Dark Materials (@darkmaterials) August 30, 2019
The fact that daemons play such significant roles in the show makes the need for voice cast even greater. This is where Cristela Alonzo comes into play, the actress who voices Hester in the series.
Okay. This is the cool news! I’m doing the voice of Hester in @darkmaterials for @BBCOne and @HBO. I play Lee Scoresby’s (@Lin_Manuel) daemon/counterpart. VERY cool project. I’m so lucky to be part of such an amazing project. ✊🏾🇺🇸❤️🇲🇽 https://t.co/LsE7XUbBBz
— Cristela Alonzo (@cristela9) August 30, 2019
The actress broke the news on Twitter writing, “Okay. This is cool news! I’m doing the voice of Hester in @darkmaterials for @BBCOne and @HBO. I play Lee Scoresby’s (@Lin_Manuel) daemon/counterpart. VERY cool project. I’m so lucky to be part of such an amazing project.”
Alonzo plays the voice role in ‘His Dark Materials’
Source: Cristela Alonzo Wikipedia
Co-produced by BBC One and HBO, the series premieres on 3rd November 2019 in the UK and a day later, internationally.
Cristela Alonzo’s portrayal of Hester in ‘His Dark Materials’
Cristela Alonzo plays the character of Hester, a plain arctic hare in Lyra‘s world. The actress is a daemon for Lee Scoresby (Lin-Manuel Miranda), a Texan aeronaut of New Danish descent. She speaks in a strong southern accent.
Watch: His Dark Materials | Teaser Trailer – BBC
Lee is born in Lyra’s world, and his story is full of adventures as he meets new friends along the way. On his several experiences in the service of Lyra, Lee bumps into John Parry (Andrew Scott) who goes with him to seek the subtle knife. John is also the one who reunites Lee with his mother’s ring.
Cristela was the Voice Behind Cruz Ramirez in ‘Cars 3’
Cristela portrayed the voice of Cruz Ramirez in ‘Cars 3’.
The actress shot to fame after her impressive vocal performance as Lightning McQueen‘s trainer named Cruz Ramirez in Disney’s Cars 3 (2017).
Alonzo’s mother was not initially fond of her daughter playing a voice role. Despite this, she pursued a career in voice acting. To Cristela’s credit, her judgment was spot on as she’s now a household name in the voice acting industry.
Check out: Cars 3 – Official US Trailer
Cristela’s other notable voice credit is the portrayal of Shirley the Old Lady Bird in The Angry Birds Movie (2016).