Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego, you ask? She’s had a busy life, from her travels in the original 1985 computer game and her beloved PBS television shows, to her upcoming debut in the new Netflix series (on Jan. 18!). Most recently, she was in Miami, celebrating Carmen Sandiego Day with Miami-Dade Public Schools and with classrooms across the country. HMH's Chief Marketing Officer, Amy Dunkin, sat down with the new voice of Carmen, Gina Rodriguez, to learn more about her personal connection to our favorite master thief.
Rodriguez remembered playing the Carmen Sandiego computer game on her family’s desktop and watching the live game show on PBS while wishing she could be on it. Regarding the upcoming Netflix series, Rodriguez was thrilled to be playing a “strong, fearless, educated woman who wants to give that to others.” She explained how she sees Carmen reflected in her mom, sisters, grandma: “incredible women who go out into the world and don’t let anything stop them.” Rodriguez relayed the importance of having this type of role model, especially for young kids. She closed by describing Carmen as her “portal to the world” throughout her childhood, when it was a rare privilege for her to be able to travel. Now that Rodriguez is fortunate enough to travel abundantly, she still considers it a privilege and a blessing to be able to do so.
Carmen Sandiego has made a big impression on countless children, teaching themes of curiosity, strength, and perseverance. We’re thrilled that one of these individuals who Carmen motivated was Gina Rodriguez, who will now similarly inspire a new generation. We can’t wait to see where the world takes her next! Watch our full Facebook Live interview below to hear more from the new voice of the classic character you love.