Rugrats reboot cast: Who is playing Betty DeVille? Meet Natalie Morales
Rugrats: Paramount release teaser for new series
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Rugrats fans were thrilled to see the new CGI adaptation on screens 30 years after the cartoon originally aired on Nickelodeon. The TV show has moved to the streaming platform Paramount Plus, and it features the original voice cast. However, one of the adult characters has been recast – Betty DeVille, the mother of Phil and Lil (played by Kath Soucie).
All of the original voice cast for the childrens’ roles have returned for the CGI remake, including Tommy (EG Daily), Chuckie (Nancy Cartwright) and Angelica (Cheryl Chase).
Parks and Recreation actress Natalie Morales has taken over the role of Betty DeVille, in the new adaptation.
Morales, 36, was excited to bring a new lease of life to the character, who will be openly gay in the reboot.
The actress stated on social media back in 2017 that she is “queer”, and she said she wanted her character to be a positive influence.
She told The AV Club: “Betty is a single mom with her own business who has twins and still has time to hang out with her friends and her community, and I think it’s just so great because examples of living your life happily and healthily as an out queer person is just such a beacon for young queer people who may not have examples of that.”
She said even though her character was a cartoon, Betty could have been hugely influential for her as a child.
She added: “If I’d been watching Rugrats and seen Betty casually talking about her ex-girlfriend, I think at least a part of me would have felt like things might be okay in the future.”
The original Betty was voiced by actress Soucie, and the series first aired back in 1991.
The show ran for nine seasons, coming to an end in 2004.
The new Betty loves football, runs a café called Betty’s Beans and often speaks about her ex-girlfriends.
Fans of the original series have shared their thoughts on the reboot on Twitter, and it received mixed feedback.
One fan said: “This Rugrats reboot seems pretty good so far, tho they heavily nerfed Grandpa’s crotchetiness. He’s like a hippie or something now.”
Another said: “‘Betty Deville will be gay in Rugrats reboot’ as if she wasn’t already a gay icon.”
A third added: “Watched the first episode of the #Rugrats reboot and it was good. It has a few flaws and the CG isn’t perfect, but it’s great seeing the show back in action.”
Actress Morales had a main role on the first season of White Collar, and she is also known for The Middleman.
Her latest venture seems to have gone down a hit with most fans.
One said: “Just watched the first episode of the #Rugrats reboot. It wasn’t half bad!
“The old ones will always hold a special place in my heart but will definitely capture a whole new generation this way. I’m looking forward to seeing the rest of the season!”
One of her most recent roles was as Michelle in the second season of the Netflix series Dead to Me.
The star has not done much voice acting in the past, so this is a new avenue to explore.
The actress, from Florida, is in the spotlight right now as her directorial debut film, Plan B, is arriving on May 28 on Hulu.
One fan said of her latest role: “Omg in the rugrats reboot Betty’s sweater is gonna have the Gemini symbol on it THIS TRULY IS OUR MOMENT.” [Sic]
Another said: “Betty is a part of the LGBT in the Rugrats reboot!!!! FINALLY CONFIRMATION ON WHAT WE ALWAY KNEW!!!”
The Rugrats revival has been in the works since 2018, so this has been a long time coming for fans.
Rugrats airs on Paramount Plus.
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