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What Famous Latin American Telenovelas Stars Up To Years After Their TV Debuts

Oh, telenovelas. How we love them. Many of us grew up watching these exciting dramas unfurl on the television screen while our mamás or abuelas shushed us so they could hear their stories. Novelas taught us all about love, betrayal, hope and doing things just for the drama of it all. Some of us have even kept up the habit of following these tales now that we’re adults.

Where has the time gone? Not only have we grown, but the children who stared in these novelas are adults too. We began wondering what the novela child stars we grew up with have gotten up to in their adulthood.

It’s time to check in on a few of our favs and see the success and accomplishments that have followed them from their days of novelas.

1. Gael Garcia Bernal

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Gael Garcia may be a regular face on the red carpet now but his beginnings are strictly novela. In 1989, he got his first role as “Peluche” on the novela “Teresa.” His next stint in 1992 landed him on “El Abuelo y Yo” as “Daniel.” From there, he’s had a series of compelling roles like “Ernesto Guevara de la Serna” in “The Motorcycle Diaries” and “Rodrigo De Souza” in “Mozart in the Jungle.” He even voiced “Hector” in Disney’s “Coco” back in 2017. The future is full for the star; he has even been cast as “Zorro” in his next big feature film.

2. Ludwika Paleta

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Ludwika Paleta made her television debut back in 1989 in the drama “Carrusel.” From that moment, it was obvious she was a star. For her next role, she played “Alejandra” on the novela “El Abuelo y Yo.” Since then, Paleta has had recurring roles in over a dozen Mexican television shows. Additionally, the actress played Hollywood icon Zsa Zsa Gabor in the series “Rubirosa.” She is currently working on the drama “Mami, una Mujer Ideal” and has another series — “Modern Lovers” — coming out in October of 2019

3. Diego Luna

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Like Palate and Garica Bernal, Diego Luna also got his start on the novela “El Abuelo y Yo.” He would later have his big breakout role in 2001’s “Y Tu Mamá También” as “Tenoch Iturbide.” Roles like “Manolo” in “The Book of Life” and the mystery man in Katy Perry’s music video for “The One That Got Away” would later follow and keep him in the public eye. in 2016, he became a member of the “Star Wars” family with his performance in “Rogue One.” More recently, the actor has taken on more producing and directing positions and has appeared in Netflix’s original series “Narcos: Mexico.”

4. Thalía

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You might know her as the “Latin Queen of Pop,” but Thalía started as an un-credited teen actress on the Mexican drama “War of the Pastries.” In 1987, she would go on to a supporting role in “Pobre Señorita Limantour.” After that, Thalía would star in several other telenovelas while simultaneously pursuing her rapidly successful career in pop music. 1999 would see her staring in “Rosalind,” an extremely popular series that got her even more recognition for her acting chops. After this role, she would leave the telenovela world to focus more on her music. In 2013, Thalía would be rewarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame because of her contributions to music and entertainment. 

5. Lucero

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Recognized by “People en Español” as the “Queen of the Telenovelas,” Lucero actually started back in the day on the popular children’s entertainment show “Alegrias de Mediodia.” In the series, the 13-year-old actress would sing and act in multiple skits; showcasing her multiple talents. Lucero would quickly move on to movies, starring in a total of 7 films along with several additional novelas over the years. Well-respected by her industry peers, the entertainer has hosted the Latin Grammys a total of 8 times. She also lends her talents to the yearly Teletón Mexico; hosting the event to raise donations for children with disabilities. 

6. Belinda

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Called the “Princess of Latin Pop” by Billboard Music, Belinda got her start on the telenovela “Amigos x Siempre.” She was featured in a few other novelas before she debuted her 2003 album, “Belinda,” at the age of 13. This first album would go on to sell 2.5 million copies. Besides working on her booming music career, the star appeared in movies like “Baywatch” and “The Cheetah Girls 2.” Most recently, she’s enjoying a stint as a judge on “La Voz” — Mexico’s popular version of “The Voice.”

7. Paulina Rubio

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Since the age of 7, Paulina Rubio knew she wanted to be a singer. However, she first took a detour as an actress during her teen years. In 1988, the teen had a recurring role on “Pasión y Poder” before moving on to novelas like “Baila Conmigo” and “Pobre Niña Rica.” In 1992, Rubio released her first record, “La Chica Dorada;”  shifting her focus more towards pursuing her dreams of music. In total, the star has released 11 studio albums. Since her noveala, she’s appeared as a judge on “La Voz Kids” and “The X Factor” as well as sold 15 million records worldwide.

8. Christopher von Uckermann

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Mexican singer, songwriter and actor Christopher von Uckermann started with a small role on “El Diario de Daniela” but soon moved on to bigger things. In 2000, he starred on “Amigos x Siempre” alongside Belinda. His later role as Diego Bustamante on “Rebelde” made him a well-known star among international audiences. He also pursued a music career as a member of the group RBD. After five years with the group, von Uckermann broke out as a solo musical act. He has continued to focus both on his music and acting careers. Since his novela days, he has released his first EP, La Revolución de los Ciegos, and has starred in influential series like “Kdabra” and “Diablero.”

9. Anahí

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Anahi started her acting career at the super young age of 2. She was a regular on “Chiquilladas” and would find herself acting in telenovelas for two decades to come. Throughout her childhood, she acted in different novelas like “Ángeles Sin Paraíso,”  “Alondra” and “El Diario de Daniela.” The star also began her singing career at the age of 10 with the release of her first studio album. Anahí has a total of 6 albums and sings in Spanish, Portuguese, English, and Italian. She’s also one of the most followed Latinx artist on the internet. In fact, she was the first Mexican person to reach a million followers on Twitter. Recently, she’s been taking time to be a wife and mother but we’re sure we’ll see more from her soon. 

10. Angélica Vale

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Born into a Mexican show business dynasty, Angélica Vale started acting very early. After a few small roles in different telenovelas, she became the leading character on “Lupita” at only 8 years of age. She’s later acted in novelas like “Soñadoras” and “Amigas y Rivales'” which landed her critical acclaim from audiences and critics alike. However, her biggest role was still to come with her starring part in “La Fea Más Bella.” Vale is also a singer who has contributed music to 7 different albums. The entertainer is also a master impersonator and has done imitations of everyone from Shakira to Thalía to Laura León. 

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As A Latin Music Fan, Here Are My Picks For The 2020 Latin Grammys

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As A Latin Music Fan, Here Are My Picks For The 2020 Latin Grammys

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Last year’s Latin Grammys caused an uproar on social media after the nominees list was released. Many fans and artists noticed the lack of representation of the Reggaeton music genre. “Sin reggaeton no hay Latin Grammy,” read many of the posts on social media, but this year seems to be different. 

This year’s nominees accurately represent the changing culture in Latin music as it shifts more towards the reggaeton genre. Here are my top picks for some of my favorite categories. 

Record of the Year

Record of the Year is always one of the toughest picks as many of my favorite songs are included in this category. This year it seems pretty competitive as Bad Bunny’s Vete competes with Karol G and Nicki Minaj’s Tusa. Karol G is competing against herself with the song China by Anuel AA, Daddy Yankee, Karol G, Featuring Ozuna and J Balvin. But at the end, Tusa by Karol G and Nicki Minaj should take the win as the overall production of the song is what makes it so great. From the rhythm to the lyrics, Tusa deserves the Grammy. 

Album of the Year

In 2019, we had a lack of reggaeton nominees in this category, but this year the list includes two reggaeton superstars: Bad Bunny and J Balvin. Both are nominated for their joint album OASIS and their solo albums, Colores and YHLQMDLG. To me, it’s clear that the winner of this category will be Bad Bunny with YHLQMDLG. The 20-song album delivered Latin trap with a variety of moods, whether it was a post-breakup heartbreak, our on-pause summer anthems, or the heartfelt thank you at the end. This album was highly anticipated and it delivered.

Best New Artist

The top contestants in this category are Anuel AA,  Rauw Alejandro, and Cazzu. While Rauw Alejandro has had some big hits this year, such as “El Efecto,” “Tattoo,” “Elegi,” and “TBT,” it is very likely that Anuel AA will take the Grammy home. Anuel AA was snubbed from a best new artist nomination last year, but he has been very successful since then which shows his growth as a new artist. 

Song of the Year

While there are many great songs nominated in this category, “ADMV” by Maluma stands out the most. The song was released during quarantine and was written by the artist as a dedication to all the people in his life that he loves. The song, which touches upon love and growing old with one’s significant other is a very heartfelt balada and one that gives us a whole new side to Maluma. The lyrics of the song and the overall composition gives us all the feels and reminds us to hug our loved ones a little tighter and tell them that we love them. 

Best Regional Song 

The top nominees in this genre include Christian Nodal with AYAYAY! and Natalia Lafourcade con MI RELIGIÓN. While I am a huge fan of Natalia Lafourcade, Christian Nodal will most likely take the win with this upbeat and modern song. What makes the song work for Nodal is that it is still rooted in the regional genre. 

Best Short Form Music Video

If you haven’t seen J.Balvin’s video for Rojo, please do yourself a favor and watch it now! But be prepared with tissues, this video delivers pain, acceptance, and even a message to its viewers. The video starts with Balvin receiving the news that his daughter was born, as he rushes to the hospital on the phone with his mom, he crashes and dies. But he is not conscious of his death and his spirit makes it to the hospital. The rest of the video shows Balvin following the life of his daughter as she grows up. This video delivers an exceptional story in less than 5 minutes and is a grammy-winning performance. 

To see who will win be sure to tune in! The 21st annual Latin Grammys will air on Univision, Nov. 19, 2020.

READ: Maluma Is Keeping Us Up To Date On His Life In Quarantine And I Couldn’t Be More Grateful

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Latino Shows On Quibi Are Up In The Air After Platform Announces Shutdown

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Latino Shows On Quibi Are Up In The Air After Platform Announces Shutdown

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Quibi, a short-form streaming platform, offered a variety of content from news shows to comedy to action and more. The streaming service that was launched six months ago, announced that it would be shutting down due to a lack of success in gaining traction with subscribers. It is unknown if the shows on the platform will be renewed on different platforms or canceled.  Here are some Latin shows that were offered on Quibi.

“Thanks A Million”

“Thanks A Million,” executive produced by Jennifer Lopez, first aired on Quibi on April 6, 2020. The show follows celebrities as they kickstart a chain of kindness by gifting money to an individual who must then give half of it to someone else. The first episode features J.Lo herself. Other episodes feature Gabriel Iglesias, Kristen Bell,  Anthony Davis, Kevin Hart, Nick Jonas, and more.

“Flipped”

“Flipped” is an American comedy series that debuted on Quibi, April 6, 2020. The cast includes Latino stars Arturo Castro, Eva Longoria, and Andy Garcia. The show is about a couple who get into the house-flipping business and are kidnapped by drug cartel members and forced to renovate their homes.

“Nikki Fre$h”

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Nicole Richie executively produced and starred in “Nikki Fre$h.”  It is a six-episode series on Quibi in which Richie plays her musical persona ““Nikki Fre$h,” a trap artist who makes eco-conscious choices while performing music videos. A couple of the special guests include Bill Nye, the science guy, and Lionel Richie. 

“Pulse News by Telemundo”

Not only does Quibi offer tv shows, but it also offers news. “Pulse News by Telemundo” is a newscast, hosted by Andrea Martinez, that is catered to the English-speaking Latino community. It has aired daily on the streaming platform since the launch of Quibi.

“For the Cultura by Telemundo”

Another Telemundo based news show is “For the Cultura by Telemundo.” It is a Latino-focused entertainment and music news show that is co-hosted by Alfredo Lomeli and Krystal Vega. Like “Pulse News,” the entertainment based news show airs daily. 

“Alternatino with Arturo Castro”

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The American sketch comedy series created by and starring Arturo Castro is not currently on Quibi. It had its first season on Comedy Central and was renewed for a second season and would move to Quibi. The series is described as a “a sketch show based on Arturo’s experiences as a Latino millennial in the United States.” The status of the show is currently unknown due to the shut down of the mobile device streaming platform. 

“Natural Born Narco”

The tv drama is supposed to premiere in fall 2020 as a collaboration between Quibi and Telemundo. The series chronicles the origins of the drug lord Amado Carrillo Fuentes and is inspired by and serves as a prequel to the acclaimed telenovela, El Señor de Los Cielos. The status of the telenovela-like series is unknown due to the shutdown news.

Quibi expects to shut down the streaming service around December 1, 2020.

READ: Arturo Castro’s ‘Alternatino’ Finds New Home With QuiBi Leaving Comedy Central

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