The Teletubbies dominated the airwaves for toddlers everywhere back in the 90s. Now a star of the show is having a baby of her own. Jess Smith, who portrayed the “sun baby” as an infant on the original run of the wonderfully surreal children’s TV show, has announced on Instagram that she is expecting her first baby. The baby news was shared on Instagram by Jess on Wednesday.
“When two becomes three,” she captioned a series of ultrasound photos. She also tagged her partner, Ricky Latham. “The Teletubbies sun baby is having her own sun baby,” one fan observed in the comments.
How the Sun Baby was Cast in ‘The Teletubbies’
Smith was only 9 months old when she was chosen to portray the radiant baby sun on The Teletubbies. However, it wasn’t until she embarked on her college journey in 2014 that she decided to share this delightful secret with the world. “I used to hide it, but after a lot of encouragement from my friends at university, I’ve gained the confidence to come out with it. I am the sun from Teletubbies,” Smith wrote on Facebook in 2014. Smith detailed how a routine hospital visit led to her casting when a midwife suggested her mother submit the smiling tyke to a casting agency. “From then I had to go through auditions and short lists until they finally picked one person, ME!”, she wrote.
The announcement of her pregnancy coincides with the recent news of Netflix’s reboot of The Teletubbies. The reboot will feature narration by Tituss Burgess. Meanwhile, Rachelle Beinart, Rebecca Hyland, Nick Chee Ping Kellington, and Jeremiah Krage, will bring the iconic characters to life. The update will also feature “Tummy Tales” with Julia Pulo as the host, featuring catchy songs designed to get the whole family grooving along.
While the new series does have its distinctions, it also pays homage to the original through various elements. These include keeping the original theme song, Sun Baby appearances, and the memorable “catchphrases” uttered by the characters.
Are There Plans for Smith’s Baby to Shine on the New Show?
Meanwhile, Smith revealed a trade secret about the iconic children’s show. Just how did they get the nine-month-old sun baby to smile? “While recording my dad held a teddy bear behind the camera to get me to laugh,” she told Entertainment Tonight. “[He] rolled a toy racing car to get me to look down at the camera, it obviously worked.” However, don’t hold your breath for Smith’s baby to wind up on the new Teletubbies show. “We have no plans at the moment to put her into showbiz, however, we’re open to whatever happens in the future.”
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