“Sesame Street” will air the special episode “Meet Julia” Monday, April 10 on HBO and PBS KIDS. 

Entertaining and educating children on television for almost 50 years, the residents of “Sesame Street” have become household names. There’s Big Bird, Abby Cadabby, and Oscar the Grouch. Some, like Elmo, Bert, and Ernie, need only one name.

Now they’re getting a new friend: Julia.

“Her eyes had to be a certain way because she has to have an intense look, but she has to look friendly,” Krewson tells Stahl. “Her hair had to be made so that her bangs weren’t in her eyes and that her hair didn’t fall into her mouth. And she couldn’t have any adornments in her hair—no barrettes, no ribbons.”

Her clothes are equally intentional. Her purple dress is loose, without distracting bows, buttons, or ribbons. Even her eyes can change, depending on the scene; Krewson includes a half-closed version and a totally closed version so that if Julia gets upset and overwhelmed, she can close her eyes.

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