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Zegler was just a 17-year-old high school student when she reportedly got 30,000 other actresses for the role of Maria in Steven Spielberg‘s remake of West Side Story.
In true millennial fashion, the teen saw the casting call for Latinx actors on Twitter and submitted her audition back in January 2018. She reportedly sent a video of her singing “Tonight” and “Me Siento Hermosa”, the Spanish version of the classic musical “I Feel Pretty”.
“I’m so excited to be playing the iconic role of Maria alongside this great cast,” the actress told Deadline at the time. “West Side Story was the first musical I met with a Latina main character.”
But West Side Story isn’t the 20-year-old’s only upcoming remake, as Zegler will also play Snow White in Disney’s live-action remake.
“Rachel’s exceptional vocal skills are just the beginning of her talent,” director Marc Webb has said. “Your strength, intelligence and optimism will be an integral part of rediscovering the joy of this classic Disney fairy tale.”