Frida Kahlo Lives Again In Pixar’s New Animated Movie “Coco”

"I’ve been chasing the spirit of Frida Kahlo my entire life," says actress Natalia Cordova-Buckley.

Bisexual artist Frida Kahlo returns to the big screen next year, but this time, she’ll be animated.


Kahlo makes a cameo in the upcoming Pixar movie Coco, alongside characters voiced by Benjamin Bratt, Gael Garcia Bernal, Cheech Marin and Edward James Olmos. Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez), who dreams of becoming a musician despite his family’s generations-old ban on music, finds himself in the Land of the Dead, where he must unlock the true story of his family history.


Natalia Cordova-Buckley (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) will voice Kahlo, a part she called a dream come true.

“I’ve been chasing the spirit of Frida Kahlo my entire life,” Cordova-Buckley wrote on Instagram. “So to be able to give voice to the woman that taught me the freedom and strength of my own, is not just an honor but profoundly magical!”

Natalia Cordova-Buckley
Coco director Lee Unkrich calls Kahlo a “captivating icon” in Mexican history. “Her art, strength and resilience inspired us in so many ways. Natalia’s role in Coco pays homage to Ms. Kahlo, her work and the people of Mexico who love her.”

Coco hits U.S. theaters November 22. In the meantime, check out Logo’s LGBT History Month video dedication to Kahlo,narrated by Laverne Cox.

Trish Bendix is a Los Angeles-based writer.