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Ismael Cruz Cordova appears in a 2013 promotional photo for Sesame Street. - Provided courtesy of 2013. Sesame Workshop. All rights reserved.

'Sesame Street' gets new character, Armando (Photo)

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05/10/2013 by Kristina Lopez

There's a new neighbor coming to "Sesame Street" for the show's 44th season.

Actor Ismael Cruz Cordova, 26, has been cast a character on the show named Armando, or "Mando" for short, Sesame Workshop announced in a statement on Friday, May 10.

Armando will be a writer from Puerto Rico who joins Maria (played by Sonia Manzano), Luis (Emilio Delgado) and Muppets Rosita and Ovejita as part of the bilingual community on "Sesame Street."

The character is part of the show's "increased focus on engaging with and educating children in the Hispanic community in the United States," the company said.

Cordova previously had a recurring role on "The Good Wife" in 2011 and will make his debut as Armando on the premiere of the show's 44th season in September.

The actor, who is a native of Puerto Rico, appeared on "Good Morning America" on May 10 and said he learned English as a child by watching shows like "Sesame Street." Video of his interview can be seen below.

"The Hispanic population is growing in the United States and I think 'Sesame Street' is a place of diversity, of kids seeing themselves in the screen, like it happened to me when I was growing up," he said.

Cordova was picked for the role after producers held an open casting call looking for new talent for the show in August 2012. Hundreds of people auditioned to be a part of the show before Cordova was chosen for the role.

Check out a video of Cordova's casting process and his "Good Morning America" interview below.

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