Mexican filmmaker and actress Gigi Saul Guerrero rose to fame after the release of her 2017 horror web series, La Quinceañera and later with Into the Dark: Culture Shock horror anthology series on Hulu. Now she’s switching it up by starring in not one but two animated projects: the Peacock series Supernatural Academy and the Netflix series Angry Birds: Summer Madness. Latinx representation in animation remains low though shows including Disney’s first Latina princess Elena of Avalor and Dominicana Luz Noceda in The Owl House are major wins and now with Guerrero’s roles in two major projects it’s great to see more Latinx voices featured in animation. Supernatural Academy is a young adult animated fantasy series about twin sisters separated at birth. Brazilian actress Larissa Dias (Supernatural) plays Jessa Lebron, a Wolf Shifter and junior at Supernatural Academy while Guerrero voices Mischa Jackson/Lebron who was raised by a single mom who hid the truth of her otherworldly existence.
“I can’t wait for audiences to enjoy Supernatural Academy, ” Guerrero tells HipLatina. “This series is full of magic, rounded characters, thrilling story and it is visually stunning! I hope you all enjoy my character Mischa and her wild journey of self discovery.”
The show premiered Jan. 20 on Peacock TV and later this week, on Jan. 28, her other project, Angry Birds: Summer Madness premieres on Netflix. It follows angry birds Chuck, Bomb, and Red along with their friends at summer camp including Stella, a pink bird, voiced by Guerrero.
“I never thought in a million years I would be able to say that I’m officially an Angry Bird,” she told us. “My character, Stella, may be the sweet color pink, but she is a chingona at heart. I’m so thankful to bring my fierce Latina side to this character, she kicks so many butt-feathers on this show!”
The series is the first long-form Angry Birds series and Guerrero is the only lead female bird among the three male leads played by Adam Kirschner, Ty Olsson, and Ian Hanlin. “I grew up watching so many animated movies and show. I will always have that big kid heart who’s in love with cartoons. But now to say that it has been a lifelong dream to be part of beautiful storytelling behind and in front of the camera?! I couldn’t be more thankful to be a part of that but with my voice.”
Supernatural Academy is streaming now on Peacock and Angry Birds: Summer Madness premieres Friday, Jan. 28 on Netflix.