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As much as we want to have una familia perfecta, sometimes mothers-in-law come into the picture and you can’t exactly live with (or without) them. However, no matter how horrible you might think your suegra is, at least you don’t have to deal with some crazy telenovela drama. There’s nothing crazier than telenovela suegras because they have all kinds of tricks up their sleeves. Take a look at our list of the worst telenovela suegras. Who knows, you might give your suegra a big thank you when you are done with this list.
9. Gabriela Acevedo | “Fuego en la sangre”
Having a demeaning mother-in-law can upset the balance of a familia unida, but what if that same woman is also meddling in the lives of her own kids? ¡Ay,Dios mío! 😲 😲 Gabriela Acevedo left a bitter taste in the mouth of her future sons-in-law because she felt nobody was good enough for her daughters. At the same time, she was doing everything she could to control and sabotage the lives of her own daughters.
8. Graciela Giacinti | “Lo que la vida me robó”
Graciela Giancinti makes Kris Kardashian look like a saint. This telenovela mom-ager conned her own daughter into marrying for money to save her family from financial ruin. Repeat after us—money should not be the basis for a marriage, Graciela. Maybe she isn’t too different from the Kardashian mom-ager.
7. Grace Remington | “Dame chocolate”
Grace Remington is anything but sweet in the telenovela “Dame chocolate.”A conniving businesswoman determined to get *the* secret recipe from aspiring chocolatier Rosita Amado. Remington plots her way into the business, going as far as to kidnap a pregnant Rosita because she just isn’t good enough to make good chocolate.
6. Lilian | “Vino el amor”
Money is the root of all evil, especially when that root is planted in the soil of a vineyard. Vineyard owner David is crushed by the death of his wife and doesn’t tend to his property like he used to. His sinister mother-in-law Lilian wants to (what else?) steal David’s fortune and plots against him when David starts falling in love with a mysterious newcomer to the property, Luciana. It really is one of the most underhanded plats in any telenovela but she is still not the worst suegra.
5. Begoña Flores | “Santa Diabla”
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In this Telemundo telenovela, Cuban-Venezuelan Beatriz Valdés plays Begoña Flores, perhaps the most monster-in-law on this list. Begoña sleeps with her son-in-law (oh helll nooo) and hides many secrets. Like, if you are willing to sleep with your own daughter’s husband then you are definitely hiding more than just some secrets.
Santa Diabla’s list of disrespectful mother-in-laws continues with Francisca Cano, a woman who is intent on keeping up with appearances. Introduced as a superficial woman, she is shown as someone who should be feared and kept a watchful eye on. 👀 She will do whatever it takes to get whatever she wants no matter who is hurt along the way.
Thirty years later, fans still get scared when they hear the name Catalina Creel. That’s how you know your role as one of the most villainous mother-in-laws is cemented in telenovela history. Creel evoked fear in her audience, stopping at nothing to make sure her son kept his inherited wealth in tact. Killing her husband, faking blindness in one eye, abducting a child = all things Creel (more like cruel, amiright?) was determined to do for that 💸 💸 💸. Who can forget her great reveal that left our abuelas quaking.
Laura Zapata plays the villain so well that it’s hard to keep rooting against her. In a plot line that is typical of telenovelas, Zapata’s character is the aunt of doe-eyed Esmeralda and wants to marry off her daughter to hunky Jose Armando for (you guessed it) a big inheritance. Somehow, she turns into a good person by the end of the telenovela. However, we don’t really buy it.
1. Soraya Montenegro | “María la del Barrio”
All hail the QUEEN of telenovela memes. We couldn’t close this list out without mentioning Soraya Montenegro. Although her youth and sassiness don’t come off as your typical crazy telenovela mother-in-law, she def still has resentment for the girlfriend of her stepson. Get your papitas with Tapatio sauce ready, because you’ll want to watch this scene over and over again.
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