Also on board the train are two others circus stars, Stefano, an Italian sea lion and Gia, an exotic Italian Jaguar.
Gia, a bit wary of the Zoosters at first, is won over when Alex and the gang convince them that they, too, are “circus.”
Academy Award-nominated actress Jessica Chastain brings Gia to life: “I liked playing Gia because she has a very big heart but at the same time she’s also fiercely protective of her circus family.”
She adds, “Working in animation has been a completely new experience for me. There’s something so freeing about being in front of a microphone and thinking, ‘I’m playing an Italian jaguar.’ Where in my life would I ever transform enough to play an Italian jaguar?”