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Sesame Street’s Maria picks her favorite muppet

Video produced by Frank Carlson.

How do you choose a favorite muppet? Actor Sonia Manzano, who has played Maria on Sesame Street for more than 40 years, has some thoughts. Manzano, who recently announced she would not appear on the show’s next season, sat down with PBS NewsHour’s chief arts correspondent Jeffrey Brown to talk about her path to Sesame Street.

In her new memoir, “Becoming Maria,” Manzano talks about growing up in the South Bronx as the daughter of Puerto Rican immigrants. She told the NewsHour that she struggled to find representation of people from her neighborhood in the media, and hoped her role would help other children who felt the same way. “There is a connection that I found comforting in television,” she said.

Having appeared alongside other muppets for years, Manzano knows which one is her favorite. Check out her answer above, and watch more in a report by Jeffrey Brown tonight on the NewsHour.