After more than four decades playing Maria on Sesame Street, Sonia Manzano said goodbye to the beloved character earlier this year. The actress-turned-author spoke to Oprah Winfrey about her decision to say goodbye to Big Bird and friends during a segment of “Oprah: Where Are They Now?”
Manzano opens up about her time on Sesame Street, how she ended up becoming a writer for the show and her new memoir. She also reveals why she pushed for more Latino content for the children’s program and the unexpected response she received from one of the producers.
Be sure to watch the preview above and catch Oprah: Where Are They now? featuring Sonia Manzano airing Saturday, August 27, at 10 pm ET/PT on the OWN Network .