Actor Joshua Dela Cruz is bringing a contemporary, new perspective to tv as the primary Asian-American host of Blue’s Clues & You.
Dela Cruz turned the host of the groundbreaking, up to date Nickelodeon sequence, Blue’s Clues & You in 2019. Launched in 1996, Blue’s Clues is an exploratory sequence that enables the host to look at life by the lens of his canine Blue. The sequence weaves dwell motion with interactive cartoons as worlds collide through the host’s busy day. The mailbox sings, salt and pepper shakers dance and a “handy dandy notebook” helps the Blue and the host uncover the “clues” through the day.
The sequence has featured two different hosts. Steve Burns was the unique host. Then, actor Donovan Patton took on the position of Joe. The present wrapped in 2007 however is now being rebooted with Dela Cruz because the present’s lead. Burns and Patton may even return. But Cruz shared that the present might be up to date to mirror the present cultural vibe.
Why did it take so lengthy to see an Asian-American as a kids’s present host?
Children’s programming dawned with exhibits like Howdy Doody, adopted by sequence like Romper Room, Bozo the Clown and a slew of animated exhibits. Nearly each sequence lacked range till Sesame Street arrived in 1969. The solid featured puppets who interacted with the youngsters and adults on the present, which additionally included a number of folks of coloration.
But range wasn’t as widespread in kids’s programming till just lately. Dela Cruz says he isn’t positive why it took till 2019 to characteristic an Asian-American because the host. But he’s thrilled to be paving the way in which for others. “You know, everything comes at its own time,” he advised Showbiz Cheat Sheet. “It’s very funny watching old movies and TV shows and then realizing how it wasn’t diverse at all, outside of even bit parts.”
“It’s very surprising, even today, whenever movies come out and it’s usually just white men,” he continues. “And it’s a little like, you scratch your head and are like, ‘Oh, we’re still doing this.’ But I think a lot has to do with the creative team.”
Creative groups have gotten extra various
Dela Cruz factors out that as inventive groups change into extra various, the roles they write are for a wider demographic. He credit creators Angela Santomero and Traci Paige Johnson for his or her capability to carry extra range to kids’s programming. “Because they’re the ones bringing in the diversity,” he says. “And there are so many diverse actors out there like they don’t even get the opportunity to be looked at.”
“But I think the diversity that’s in the creative team really helps move us forward and move us along,” he continues. “And what more, there’s a lack of good material for people to use. If there’s good material out there, people will stop seeing a Filipino guy or a black woman. And just start seeing an actor. A good actor.”
Dela Cruz is optimistic that programming is trending towards range. “Thankfully it is getting better and it is progressing,” he says. “But even earlier than range was actually successful, Nickelodeon was actually probably the most various channel I had ever seen. As far as cartoons like, Hey, Arnold! was a a lot nearer depiction of what New York City seemed like. If you even examine that with a well-liked tv present like Friends, a kids’s cartoon present was extra various than that, which was actually essential for me rising as much as see that. And so I’m simply so excited and I’m so honored that I get to be on this position.”
He provides that viewers are going to be handled to a few of his tradition, which incorporates introducing a brand new character. “I get a grandmother,” he shares. “This is very exciting to me because, in the Philippines, they call the grandmother, Lola! So I get a Lola and I get to be able to share a piece of my culture with everyone watching.”