Ariel Winter (born Ariel Winter Workman, January 28, 1998) is an American actress, singer, and voice actress. She is best known as Alex Dunphy in the TV series Modern Family, as well as the voice of the title character in the Disney Junior show Sofia the First. Winter and her Modern Family castmates have won four Screen Actors Guild Awards for Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series.
“A couple of weeks ago I saw an episode of Sofia the First, and to my
luck, it was the one with Tiana’s appearance on it. She is not only my
favorite princess, but what she told Sofia really spoke to me. I am not
able to afford gift for every family member because I am from a huge
family, and when Tiana said that her cooking was her gift gave me an
idea; I recently learn to bake at school, so I made cookies for my
family. Turns out they were good because they want me to do more for New
This year, Disney premiered its first Latina princess: Elena Castillo Flores, better known as Elena of Avalor. She sings and plays guitar, she goes on adventures, rules her kingdom and has her own highly rated animated TV show.
The 16-year-old crown princess had been trapped in an amulet for 41 years (so technically, she’s 57 — which might make her one of Disney’s oldest princesses, but that’s another story). Her backstory begins when another animated Disney princess, Sofia the First, sets her free. Elena confronts the evil sorceress Shuriki, voiced by Jane Fonda, who killed her parents and took over the kingdom.
Elena avenges her parents, drives Shuriki out, and begins her reign over the port city of Avalor. “She is the first princess actively ruling her kingdom, and I think that’s new,” says Aimee Carrero, the Dominican-Puerto Rican actress who lends her voice to Elena. “So she has a day job. You know, there’s no Prince Charming, she’s her own hero. She’s learning that leadership is about sacrifice, and not about this sort of totalitarian control over the people she rules — and sort of resembles more of a president than princess. There’s never been a better time to tell this story.”
Tangled: Before Ever After is confusing, continuity-wise. On one hand, it explains how Rapunzel was able to appear in Sofia the First with her long hair back again. On the other, the series is explicitly taking place before the Tangled Ever After short, in which her hair is short. This means at some point the writers of the series- probably when the cancellation is looming- will have to explain why her hair becomes short again.
Makes you wonder what the Rapunzels at the Disney parks said when somebody asked “how did your hair grow back?”. I hope it was something like “it’s a long story”…