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Natalie Morales Tapped For All-New ‘Rugrats’ Series

The actress recently made her directorial debut and won an audience award at SXSW Film Festival.

A new “Rugrats” series in the making will feature actress Natalie Morales in a grown-up role.

The all-new series, already in pre-production, re-imagines the classic animated 1990s show about the lovable toddlers whose everyday life includes incredible adventures in their imaginations.

Produced by Nickelodeon Animation Studio, the all-new “Rugrats” is a Paramount+ original series, expected to premiere this spring.

Natalie Morales stars in “Rugrats.” (vagueonthehow/Creative Commons)

Morales (“Dead to Me”) will play Betty, the mother of the fraternal twins Phil and Lil, a former wrestler and a feminist. The Florida-born Cuban-American actress is part of the latest all-star roster joining “Rugrats”:  Ashley Rae Spillers (“Vice Principals”) and Tommy Dewey (“The Mindy Project”) as Tommy’s parents; Tony Hale (“Arrested Development”) as Chuckie’s father; Anna Chlumsky (“Veep”) and Timothy Simons (“Veep”), as Angelica’s parents; Nicole Byer (“Nailed It!”); Omar Miller (“Ballers”) as Susie’s parents; and Michael McKean (“Better Call Saul”) as Grandpa Lou Pickles.

The new additions join the series’ original voice cast members: E.G. Daily as Tommy, Nancy Cartwright as Chuckie, Cheryl Chase as Angelica, Cree Summer as Susie and Kath Soucie as both Phil and Lil.

Moms and dads

“Rugrats” may center on the kids, but their parents are also indispensable.

“The all-new ‘Rugrats’ is packed with comedy, music and adventures that only babies can embark upon, and the role of the grown-ups is an essential piece of the series,” said Ramsey Naito, Nickelodeon Animation president.

“This incredibly talented group of actors provides a fresh and very funny take on these iconic roles, combining humor with heart, to bring the characters to life in a whole new way,” said Liz Paulson, Nickelodeon SVP, talent and casting.

The original “Rugrats” T.V. series launched in 1991 and has been a successful media franchise with three films and a toy line. It won four Daytime Emmy Awards, six Kids’ Choice Awards. It also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

A standout in the South by Southwest Festival

Morales is an award-winning actress who has scored recurring series roles in “White Collar,” “90210”, “Parks and Recreation” and “Santa Clarita Diet.” She worked in the “Battle of the Sexes,” “Stuber” and “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” in the latter as a voice actress.

More recently, Morales played Michelle Gutierrez in six episodes of the series “Dead to Me” and other roles in “Mr. Mayor” and Quibi’s “Home Movie: The Princess Bride.”

Her feature directorial debut “Language Lessons,” about a teacher of an adult Spanish class who strikes an expected friendship with a student, premiered at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival. The romantic drama earned her the Audience Award for Narrative Spotlight at the SXSW Film Festival (South by Southwest). She has also received nominations for other works from the Imagen Foundation and the Screen Actors Guild.

Created by Arlene Klasky, Gabor Csupo and Paul Germain, the all-new “Rugrats” is executive produced by Eryk Casemiro and Kate Boutilier (both “Rugrats”). Dave Pressler (“Robot and Monster”) and Casey Leonard (“Breadwinners”) serve as co-executive producers, Rachel Lipman (“Rugrats”) as co-producer and Kellie Smith (“The Fairly OddParents”) as line producer. Mollie Freilich, senior manager of current series animation at Nickelodeon, will oversee production and Paulson the casting.

Natalie Morales Tapped for All-New ‘Rugrats’ Series first appeared on LatinHeat Entertainment.

(Edited by Gabriela Alejandra Olmos and Fern Siegel)

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