TikTok's Ariel Martin says starring in Disney Channel's 'Zombies 2' is a "dream come true"


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Ariel Martin, who is also known as Baby Ariel, has become an internet sensation. While most moms won't recognize her face, there is a high chance their children have either seen her on social media or already follow her. She began her career on Musical.ly, which is now TikTok, where she has more than 30 million followers! 

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She began making videos on the app when she was just 14 years old and has gained a huge following in the past five years across multiple social media platforms. Ariel always wanted to sing and dance, like her parents, and she has managed to turn her social media success into an acting and singing career. The TikTok star is now starring in Disney Channel's new movie Zombies 2. Ariel spoke to MamásLatinas and she told us that the key to her success has been to be herself, stay close to her family and be surrounded by good people, and that is the best message for our kids. 

She believes the movie has a powerful message.

Her character, Wynter, is part of the werewolf pack in the movie and she said she is so different and that people should embrace their uniqueness. "I think they will have a lot of fun, they're going to get up and dance and sing and do our makeup but on the other side they're going to feel a sense of empowerment," she said. "I watched the movie a couple times now and every time I watch it, I feel very empowered and I feel strong and I love myself and I love my differences and I love everybody else for their differences."   

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She is following in some pretty great Latinas' footsteps as part of the Disney Channel family.

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Ariel recently debuted her Disney ID commercial on the Disney Channel, which is a pretty huge deal and she calls it a "dream come true." That solidifies her as a Disney Channel star! Stars like Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato's careers took off following their work with the network and now Ariel is following their footsteps in her journey. "Honestly, it doesn't feel real, at all. I pinch myself every day. To be honest, I don't know if I fully get it--it blows my mind," she told MamásLatinas. "To think that Selena Gomez was doing the wand thing is crazy but it's very humbling and special. It means so much because I'm able to do what I love. And at the end of the day what I love is make people happy through acting and singing so just to get the chance to do that, and the fact that people are listening and they care, is crazy."

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Her supportive family has been a big part of her success.

She also has a new show on Disney Channel called Fam Jam and it's so fitting because family is a huge part of her life. Luckily for Ariel, her parents has been super supportive of her career and have been by her side every step of the way. "They are the most supportive people on planet Earth. I would not be able to wake up every morning without them, I would not know what to do without them. I am so lucky and so blessed," she said of her parents. "The things that they do for me, how much they travel and how much they put into what I do. I can tell they genuinely care." Ariel's dad is Panamanian and she grew up traveling to the country when she was young and experienced the culture firsthand along with her family. "I love traveling but to be able to go to Panama and live with my family and trying to learn Spanish was awesome," she said.   

Ariel has a way of connecting with her fans by being herself.

She has millions of eyes on her and fans who are super young look up to her. She wants them all to find comfort in her authenticity so that they too can be encouraged to be themselves, especially on social media. "I only hope that I can be like a big sister to them, because I have these followers, I would like to be like a big sister and help them through whatever they're going through," she said. "I share my sad times and my happy times sometimes. I love social media but sometimes we all put on this mask and we feel the need to always show our happy side. I think we all should start sharing our more vulnerable times and our sad times. I think it'll be easier to say, 'Hey, it's OK to feel that way because I feel that way too.'"

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Check out the 'Zombies 2' trailer ahead of the premiere!

The movie Zombies 2 is the sequel to the saga of a zombie football player and cheerleader's attempts to unite the zombie and human communities of Seabrook High School when a pack of werewolves arrives in their town. The movie airs on Disney Channel on Friday, February 14, at 8 p.m. 

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