Comedian Christela Alonzo talks about improving his life in new Netflix special ‘Middle Class’ – Daily News

After two decades of stand-up comedy, Christela Alonzo said she has finally joined the ranks of the middle class.

The 43-year-old Texas native, who currently lives in Los Angeles, shared the hardships she and her family faced growing up in poverty in her first Netflix special, Lower Class, in 2016. Middle Class, her new comedy from Netflix, will be released on streaming platforms worldwide on June 28.

“It all started during the writing of ‘Lower Classy’, when I was barely making my way to a level of life that I’m not used to,” Alonzo said during a recent phone interview. “Being able to take care of yourself is a completely different level than just making ends meet, and that’s a lesson I had to learn. That’s the difference between the lower and middle class.”

Alonzo made history as the first Latina to create, produce and star in her own ABC sitcom, Cristela, which aired in prime time during the 2014-2015 season. Two years later, she became the first Latina to voice a lead character in a Disney/Pixar film when she played Cruz Ramirez in the animated film Cars 3. She has overcome several barriers in her career and said she hopes to inspire others to do the same in their lives.

“It’s incredible, and at the same time it’s hard to believe that you are the first in something,” she said. “I was not the first in this career, but it is strange to think about how many firsts we still have to do across the board. Look, we didn’t have a woman president. There are so many things that you think have already happened. The point about being first is that you hope the first will show people that it shouldn’t be the last. This means that we are here now; Now we have a seat at the table.”

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