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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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Daisy Coleman, The High School Sexual Assault Survivor Featured In A Netflix Documentary, Has Died By Suicide

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Daisy Coleman, The High School Sexual Assault Survivor Featured In A Netflix Documentary, Has Died By Suicide

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In 2016, Netflix debuted the heartwrenching documentary Audrie & Daisy a film that examined the tragic experiences of two high school students. Audrie Pott and Daisy Coleman were two teens at the time of their sexual assaults. Both women were subjected to cyberbullying and abuse after their assaults and forced to heal with little support. But soon after her assault, Audrie Pott was driven to suicide by hanging.

The film showed that Coleman also struggled with suicide ideation after the assault.

Four years after the film’s debut, Coleman (who had become a sexual assault victim advocate) has died by suicide.

In a post to her Facebook page on Tuesday, Coleman’s mother shared the news: “My daughter Catherine Daisy Coleman committed suicide tonight,” Melinda Coleman wrote. “If you saw crazy messages and posts it was because I called the police to check on her. She was my best friend and amazing daughter. I think she had to make it seem like I could live without her. I can’t. I wish I could have taken the pain from her! She never recovered from what those boys did to her and it’s just not fair. My baby girl is gone.”

At the time of her assault, Coleman was 14 years old. She was sexually assaulted by a high schooler named Matthew Barnett and was dumped outside of her home wearing only a T-shirt in the dead of winter. The documentary film said Coleman had been left behind in sub-freezing temperatures and that her hair had stuck to the ground.

Barnett was eventually subjected to a felony sexual assault charge for what he did to Coleman but the charge was later dropped.

After, Coleman became a target for bullying.

Filmmakers followed Coleman for two years watching the ways in which Coleman and members of her family were subjected to the trauma of her assault.

“I definitely feel like people have certain views and perceptions about me and about cases like this because they’re uneducated,” then-19-year-old Coleman told People in a 2017 interview. “That’s exactly why I’m going out and trying to educate people on what’s going on in our society.”

Speaking about her experience, Coleman said that she didn’t hold any animosity against her attacker. “I honestly don’t have any vindictive feelings toward him,” Coleman told People. “I feel like all of that negativity that he put onto me was passed down to him at one point, so I felt the need to stop that kind of transaction of negativity and hate… I went through a lot of years of self-loathing and asking myself, Why me? So much ‘woe is me’… I just decided one day that I was done being negative about it. I needed to forgive myself for what happened.”

In 2017, Coleman worked to help others from being subjected to sexual violence for the national campaign SafeBAE — Safe Before Anyone Else.

If you or someone you know might be considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Or text “STRENGTH” to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741.

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Disney Just Announced That We Won’t Have To Wait For The Pandemic To End In Order To Watch Mulan— Thank The Ancestors!

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Disney Just Announced That We Won’t Have To Wait For The Pandemic To End In Order To Watch Mulan— Thank The Ancestors!

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After months of delays and waiting, Disney has announced that Mulan fans will no longer have to wait for a major theatrical release to see the live-action version of the animated classic. On Tuesday the Walt Disney Company revealed that the film will no longer seek a major theatrical release and that the blockbuster’s debut will take place on the subscription streaming service, Disney+.

To see the movie, customers will need to pay an additional $29.99 on top of the cost of the monthly subscription for Disney+

“In order to meet the needs of consumers during this unpredictable period, we thought it was important to find alternative ways to bring this exceptional family-friendly film to them in a timely manner,” Disney CEO Bob Chapek explained in a statement according to Variety. “We see this as an opportunity to bring this incredible film to a broad audience currently unable to go to movie theaters.”

The company has said that it plans to release Mulan in theaters in areas where Disney+ is not available to audiences.

According to Variety, “The decision to put Mulan on premium video-on-demand further emphasizes the studio’s increased reliance on Disney Plus at a time when most of their business — from theme parks and cruises to movie theaters and retail stores — have been crippled by the pandemic. Research, Chapek says, suggests that bringing a high-profile release like Mulan to homes “will act as a fairly large stimulus to sign up for Disney Plus.”

Mulan had been originally scheduled for a theatrical debut on March 27 and was meant to be Disney’s biggest theatrical release for the year.

Disney shelled out a $200 million budget and in early March the studio set up a lavish red carpet premiere at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles. Days later, the COVID-19 pandemic forced Disney to postpone the movie’s release. The movie’s debut was then pushed back several times before Disney announced last week that they would indefinitely remove it from the release calendar. Fortunately, they’ve changed their mind and Mulan will debut on the streamer’s new platform on September 4, 2020.

Disney’s latest version of Mulan stars actress Yifei Liu as the titular character based on the legend of a female Chinese warrior who disguises herself and takes her father’s place as a soldier.

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