DORA the Explorer – Isabela Merced and WHAT she is doing NOW!

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Isabella Merced, is one of the up and coming young artists in the world who recently made waves with roles in Instant Family, and Dora The Lost City of Gold.

She is not just satisfied in the film industry, as she now wishes to embark on a career in music. After a name change, she is set in her ways and is ready to take the music world by storm.

But why the need for a name change, and what happens next for her? Well, that’s what we’ll be talking about today.

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Today’s video, is Dora the Explorer, Instant Family Actress ISABELA Merced Where is she now and what’s next for her after her name change from Moner to Merced?


She was born as Isabela Moner in Cleveland, Ohio. With her mother, Katherine, born in Lima, Peru, and her father, Patrick, born in Louisiana.

Growing up with a Peruvian mother, Spanish was Isabela Moner’s first language, as she struggled with English when she first started school.

She has said numerous times that despite her American citizenship, she considers herself more Peruvian than American.

At a young age, Moner aspired to be an actress. Citing icons like Shirley Temple and Judy Garland as inspiration to pursue a life in acting. At the age of 6, she starred in the local community theatre.

She made her Broadway debut at 10 years old, in a production of Evita. She sang in Spanish alongside Ricky Martin.

Isabela seemed to be a bright child as she was able to enter college, at the age of 15. Not something that a lot of 15-year old kids can say.

It would almost be a foreshadowing of her life, as she was meant to do great things.


In 2014, Isabela Moner landed her first major role on the Nickelodeon television series, “100 Things To Do Before High School” starring as CJ Austin, a 12 year old excited for high school before her brother gives her a rude awakening.

That same year, money landed another gig, this time as a voice actor for the popular animated kids show, “Dora and Friends: Into The City!”, providing the voice of Kate. She starred as Kate for 3 years.

She continued her collaboration with Nickelodeon, in 2015, as she appeared as Lori Collins in the Nickelodeon Original Movie, Splitting Adam.

The next year, she was given a leading role – Sadie – on the 2016 Nickelodeon Original Movie, Legends of the Hidden Temple, based on the popular 90’s game show.

She also starred in the modest role of Jeanne, in the family comedy movie, Middle School: The Worst Years Of My Life.

She was cast in the supporting role of Izabella, in Transformers: The Last Knight, which was released in 2017.

She went on to act in her first mature themed movie, when she played the daughter of the head of a drug cartel in the hit movie, Sicario: Day of The Soldado, in 2018.

Shortly after, she got a role in the comedy movie, Instant Family, where she played as one of the three children adopted by parents played by Rose Byrne and Mark Wahlberg, respectively.

In 2019, Moner would reunite with Nickelodeon Movies, as she starred as the title character in, Dora and The Lost City of Gold, a live action film adaptation of the popular animated series, Dora The Explorer.

The movie would go on to be Moner’s best known film to date, not bad considering she was only 18 at the time of its release. She would also star in the ensemble film, Let It Snow.


In October 2019, Moner announced to her fans via Instagram that she would be changing her stage name to Isabela Merced.

The reason being a personal one that is close to her heart. She decided to change her name to Merced, with it being the name of her grandmother and her hope of continuing to live the values that were passed on by her grandmother.

In an interview with Refinery29, she said, “This is when I begin writing my own story as Isabela Merced. this has been a very difficult year for my brothers, mom, and me. This is how I say goodbye to that and welcome a new chapter with those who are close to me. Isabela Merced represents everything that has and will continue to define me. It represents the values that were passed on from my grandmother.”

She goes on to say “She was a force of nature, unafraid of anything. Always ready to take on every challenge and person that said she couldn’t. At the same time, she loved her familia; nothing came before that. Her ideal day would be a day at the beach with the family, music, dancing, and eating alitas [chicken wings] or ceviche. This is me! I hope this continues on my grandmother’s legacy because she left us too soon.”

It’s also a known fact that her mother went through a battle with breast cancer, putting her and her family through a difficult time.

She has recently announced, that her mother has survived her battle with breast cancer, to the delight of her fans.

It is also during this time, that Merced has decided to pursue a career in music, as she released her first single, “Papi”. On October 25, 2019.

A music video was then released on November 6, 2019. It was met with positive reviews.

Last May 22,2020, she released her first EP titled, “the better half of me” and as of July 2020, she has over 1.5 million monthly listeners on Spotify.

Charismatic, with familyoriented values, to go along with a fierce drive and passion to succeed, it’s safe to say that Isabela Merced, will be charming her way to our hearts whether it be on the screen, or through music.

Know anything else about Isabela Merced? Which part of her career can you personally relate to?

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