Sesame Street welcomes new Latino cast member

This April 2013 photo released by Sesame Workshop shows Puerto Rican actor Ismael Cruz Cordova, 26, of "Sesame Street," posing with muppets Rosita, left, and Elmo in New York. Cruz plays Mando, a young Latino writer who interacts with the puppets and also loves technology. (AP Photo/Sesame Workshop, Gil Vaknin)

May 10, 2013 5:21:40 PM PDT
Sesame Street is celebrating a new cast member, chosen during the show's first ever open casting call for a Hispanic neighbor.

Producers chose 26-year-old Ismael Cruz Cordova, who will play the role of "Mondo".

Cordova won the role, beating out hundreds of hopefuls who auditioned to be the shows first new Hispanic character in years.

He says it's a dream come true that's brought him full circle to American television.

"My first experience with television, watching TV, was in Puerto Rico," Cordova said. "I only spoke Spanish. I learned how to speak English watching this show."

Cordova says his goal as the newest member of the show is to teach children the Spanish language.

He'll make his debut when Sesame Street's 44th season premieres next September.