The Disney Plus Original series is
about a young Cuban-American girl who embarks on a journey to
become the future president of the United States. Creator Ilana
Peña talks about the very personal origins of the main character,
Elena Cañero-Reed: "Elena is very much based on me… I wanted to
write about that nerdy, type A, messy middle school girl that I
hadn't really seen."
Ilana goes on to discuss finding
universality in her own personal
story. "We're all human beings, and that's
what I want to present on the screen while also honoring my
identity and my background. I didn't wake up every day and say,
'Another day as a Latina!' I woke up and I was like, 'Did I forget
my social studies assignment?'"