Disney Junior's show "Doc McStuffins" is a hit with the pre-school set. The animated program teaches kids about health issues through the eyes of the 6-year-old title character who runs a backyard clinic for her stuffed animals. Kiara Muhammad, 13, is the voice of Dottie "Doc" McStuffins. In a recent exclusive interview she discussed getting the part and what she hope kids will learn from the show.
Kiara Muhammad Began Acting at Age Seven
Muhammad started her acting career in New York City at age seven, but moved to Los Angeles, so she could pursue TV work. She quickly landed parts on "Hannah Montana" and the Disney Channel Movie "Den Brother." She only had gone on a few voice over auditions when she was offered the leading role of Doc McStuffins. The young actress stated, "This is my first time doing voice over so I was shocked, but I was really proud of myself, too."
Doc McStuffins Teaches Kids Every Day Basic Health
Doc McStuffins heals her patients of conditions like "Pricklethorns" (an inflatable toy poked by a rose bush) and "No-vroom-vroom-a-tosis" (a race car that has lost his pep). Muhammad hopes young viewers will get a lot of lessons from the show. "I think they learn pretty much everything possible to learn - brush your teeth, wash your hands, don't spread germs. All the basic things to learn when you're around five."
In last week's episode "Chilly Gets Chilly" kids learn about being prepared for cold weather. The actress explained what happened to the stuffed snowman, Chilly. "Well Chilly gets chilly because he goes out in the snow and he doesn't have anything warm on like a jacket. He thinks he's a real snowman but he's a stuffed one. So he goes out and he doesn't wear anything warm, like a hat and a jacket, so he gets cold. So then we have to bring him inside to get warm and I give him a check-up."
'Doc McStuffins' Features Big Name Stars
In another episode "Through the Reading Glasses" Doc helps find some reading glasses for a stuffed owl. "A.N.T Farm's China Anne McClain guest starred as Doc's cousin Tisha. China Anne McClain also sings the "Doc" theme song. Although Muhammad is part of the Disney family she admitted to not having a lot of ties to the other young actors at this point.
"Well I don't go to many events. I'm kind of busy because with 'Doc' and I have homework because I'm public schooled… So when I do go to an event I see some familiar faces. I've tested on shows with a lot of them and I've seen them around at events."
But it's not just other Disney stars that make appearances on "Doc McStuffins." past guest stars have included Ty Burrell, Nolan Gould, Dennis Farina, Jim Belushi and Camryn Manheim.
Tune in to "Doc McStuffins" on weekday mornings at 10 a.m. EST/9 a.m. Central on Disney Junior.
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