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Meet Ynairaly Simo: The Voice Behind Gabi in Netflix's Vivo

Meet the Young Dominican Actress Who Voices Gabi in Vivo

Meet Ynairaly Simo: The Voice Behind Gabi in Netflix's Vivo
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There's a reason everyone is talking about Lin-Manuel Miranda's new animated musical Vivo. The movie, which is set in both Havana and Miami, doesn't just consist of an entirely Latinx cast but also does a beautiful job at normalizing Latinx representation in animated films, something we'd love to see a lot more of.

While Miranda voices Vivo, the adorable kinkajou who travels from Cuba to Miami to deliver a love song, written by his former musical partner Andres, to famous Cuban singer Marta Sandoval (voiced by Gloria Estefan), the real character to appreciate in all this is badass, purple-haired Gabi, who is voiced by Ynairaly Simo, a 14-year-old Dominican American actress from the Bronx.

Simo started modeling when she was only 3 years old. Modeling eventually put her on the path to acting. "While I was modeling, there were often agents there watching and choosing kids to become actors, and they chose me," she told POPSUGAR Latina. "When I was around 5 years old, I started working with them. I always loved acting since I started because it was so fun playing these roles and being in front of the camera, where a bunch of people can see me. It really stuck with me. Every time I get an audition I'm so excited."

We got to chat with the young star about her debut role in Vivo, which was officially released on Friday, Aug. 7 — in case you missed it. Here are a few fun facts we learned about the up-and-coming actress we're hoping to see a lot more of in the near future!

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