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Disney to introduce first Jewish princess (but not really)

Jamie-Lynn Sigler had been cast to voice a Jewish Disney princess.

Rachel Ruderman, one of the writers for “Elena of Avalor,” said she wrote an episode that will include a Jewish princess.
Rachel Ruderman, one of the writers for “Elena of Avalor,” said she wrote an episode that will include a Jewish princess.
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The first Jewish Disney princess will debut on the popular Disney Junior show “Elena of Avalor” this winter, according to multiple reports.

What happened: Walt Disney Television Animation News (an account with no connection to Disney) tweeted out the news that former “Sopranos” star Jamie-Lynn Sigler had been cast to voice a Jewish Disney princess.

Confirmation: Sigler later quoted the tweet and confirmed the news.

“I am so excited to voice Disney’s first Jewish princess,” she tweeted.

Rachel Ruderman, one of the writers for “Elena of Avalor,” confirmed the news, saying she wrote the episode that will include the princess.

  • “A little over a year ago, I had the honor of writing an ‘Elena of Avalor’ episode featuring Disney’s first Jewish princess,” Ruderman tweeted. “[Jamie-Lynn Sigler] knocks the role out of the park (wait ‘til you hear her song!) and [Craig Gerber] directs it masterfully. Can’t wait to share this one!”

The episode will run in December. It’ll have a Hanukkah theme and take place at a Latino Jewish kingdom, according to ComicBook.com.

That said: Though the princesses on “Elena of Valor” are Disney-owned characters, they are not included among the official lineup of Disney princesses, which includes Belle, Rapunzel, Ariel, Tiana, Moana, Cinderella, Aurora, Merida, Pocahontas, Jasmine, Mulan, and Snow White.