Meet the actress playing ‘Dora the Explorer’ in the live-action movie being filmed on Gold Coast

Get excited ladies and gents, we’ve just been given our first sneak peek of the real-life Dora the Explorer!

Isabela Moner, the actress playing the much-loved animated character in the live-action movie being filmed on the Gold Coast, shared the image to her personal Instagram account this week.

“So excited to show you the First Look of me as #DoraTheExplorer,” Moner wrote alongside a photo of her dressed up in Dora’s iconic orange shorts and pink top.


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The 17-year-old American actress and singer appears to be settling into life down under quite well, sharing a number of snaps of her enjoying our Aussie landmarks and experiences including the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Great Barrier Reef and Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

“The fam and I are loving @australia so much,” Moner wrote in the caption of one of her Instagram photos.

So excited to show you the First Look of me as #DoraTheExplorer

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Production on the Paramount Pictures blockbuster began this week, with much of the film to be shot at Village Roadshow Studios at Oxenford.

“I’m honored and excited to bring Dora to life. I grew up watching the show, and for me, especially as a Latina, Dora was an amazing role model… she is a strong, adventurous and fun-loving girl,” Moner said in a statement earlier this year.

“I can’t wait to put on the backpack and begin her next adventure!”

Shanee is a full-time Digital Journalist and Social Media Content Producer. In 2014, Shanee graduated from Griffith University’s Gold Coast Campus with a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism, Public Relations and Marketing. Since joining 1029 Hot Tomato, Shanee has been keeping you up to date with breaking news and everything Gold Coast on myGC. Shanee also writes and photographs for Peony & Page, a personal home, style and travel blog & Instagram alias she founded in 2015.

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