‘Y Soy Rebelde’: We Recast The Popular Show With Today’s Latino Stars

In 2004 Mexican telenovela powerhouse Televisa released a remake of the successful Argentinian show “Rebelde Way.” The plot was simple but compelling: a group of privileged Mexico City kids attend a boarding school for the rich and beautiful. Of course, intrigues, mishaps, musical numbers and plenty of melodramatic moments. Of course, it also offered some insights into the deep class division that permeates Mexican society, with some students being less better-off

“Rebelde” also launched the careers of stars like Anahí and Dulce María, who have continued on the spotlight of Latino celebrity culture. Come on, sing along:

“y soy rebelde
Cuando te quiero hasta rabiar
y soy rebelde
Cuando no pienso igual que ayer
y soy rebelde
Cuando me juego hasta la piel”

However, what would a version of the “Rebelde” cast look like today with millennial Latino talent?

1. 2004 “Rebelde” had: Anahí as Mía Colucci

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Anahí Giovanna Puente Portilla de Velasco has continued her career after her appearance in this telenovela. She is currently married to the governor of the Mexican State of Chiapas, who has been often mentioned as a possible presidential candidate in future elections. She constantly appears in glossy magazines in her native Mexico.

We would cast: Bella Thorne

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We just can’t get enough of this singer and actress, and she would add some spice to Miss Colucci, the epitome of the posh girl. Her father (who died tragically in 2007) was Cuban, so she has that Latino sass running in her veins. She has that old wisdom in a young woman’s body vibe going on.

2. 2004 “Rebelde” had: Christopher Von Uckermann as Diego Bustamante

Credit: Rebelde. Televisa.

The now vegan activist has continued his acting career and is now of the Netflix roster of Latino actors, where you will be able to see him in the horror show “Diablero.”

We would cast: Blake Jenner

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His mother is Cuban and he broke into the mainstream after playing Ryder Lynn in Glee, a role he got after an audition in “The Glee Project.” He was raised in Miami and would bring plenty of sabor to the show. He has the looks and the voice, doesn’t he?

3. 2004 “Rebelde” had: Dulce María as Roberta Pardo Rey

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She became a fiery icon of young rebellion in Latin America and Spanish-speaking communities in the United States. A legacy that is hard to follow as she became a sort of Avril Lavigne for Latina girls.

We would cast: Audri Nix

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We believe the boricua rapper Audri Nix would be a great Roberta: she is fiery, she is talented and ready to rock and wreck havoc!

4. 2004 “Rebelde” had: Ninel Conde as Alma Rey

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Alma Rey was a famous music diva who could afford to send her daughter to the exclusive boarding school. She was unlike the uptight parents, which made for some pretty cool telenovela moments.

We would cast: Sofia Vergara, obviamente

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OK, this Colombian goddess is not strictly a millennial, but she embodies the curvaceous body, humor and intelligence of Ninel Conde’s character. And she does look a bit like Audri Nix, who would be her onscreen daughter in our imagined remake.

5. 2004 “Rebelde” had: Christian Chavez as Giovanni Mendéz López

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He was one of the first actors in the heteronormative Televisa universe to come out as gay. He has since been a proud representative of sexual diversity in Mexico, a country that is still reluctant to fully come to the realization that LGBTQ people must have the same rights as everyone else.

We would cast: Justin Suarez

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He charmed us as the younger brother of the lead character in Ugly Betty, mostly because of the fabulous way in which he embraced his sexual identity. We can’t thing of a prouder representative of queer Latinos.

6. 2004 “Rebelde” had: Alfonso Herrera as Miguel Arango Cervera

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He is a Mexico City native and attended the world famous Edron Academy in London, where many Mexican stars have learnt the trade, among them Gael Garcia Bernal. After Rebelde he continued his telenovela career to much success.

We would cast: Omar Avila.

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This Cuban-American actor has appeared in high profile productions like The Punisher. He has also appeared in several telenovelas and even in an episode of House M.D. 

7.2004 “Rebelde” had: Maite Perroni as Guadalupe “Lupita” Fernández

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She was the epitome of the good Mexican girl. She was bullied sometimes but found her inner Mean-Girls-Lindsay-Lohan to fight off her mean classmates.

We would cast: Becky G!

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The American singer of Mexican heritage has the looks and the talent to fulfill the role of the cute Lupita. It would be great to see her in a more tame persona where she can let us see her more vulnerable side.

8. 2004 “Rebelde” had: Angelique Boyer as Victoria Paz

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Angelique Boyer is one of the most successful Rebelde alumni. She has continued a successful telenovela career… and been involved in a scandal or two.

We would cast: Soni Nicole Bringas

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This American actress of Argentinian heritage was AMAZING in Netflix’s Fuller House and we just can’t get enough of her. She would be a classy addition with an air of the old world.

9. 2004 “Rebelde” had: Estefania Villareal as Celina Ferrer

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Viewers in the Spanish-speaking world fell in love with Estefania. She embodied body positivity in a day in which the idea of beauty involved super skinny models and thin bodies that even led some countries to legislate against the glorification of unhealthy habits. Estefania was proud in her body and let everyone know.

We would cast: Jesenia

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She is a kickass Latina comedian that could very easily enter the Rebelde world and give a touch of wittiness to the sometimes lame dialogues.

10. 2004 “Rebelde” had: Zoraida Gomez as José Luján Landeros

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One of her greatest assets is a musical talent that is perhaps unrivaled by anyone else in the Rebelde cast.

We would cast: Jessy Bulbo

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Jessy Bulbo is an amazing singer who has become a cult figure in hipsterland. Her androgynous looks would give a very contemporary feel to our show.

11. 2004 “Rebelde” had: Eddy Vilard as Teodoro Ruiz Palacios

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Every high school needs a nerdy and charming kid, and Teodoro fulfilled this Harry-Potteresque role in the Rebelde universe. Eddy Vilard was charming without being a pushover.

We would cast: Rico Rodriguez

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We can’t play casting directors without considering the incredibly talented Rodriguez, a Texan young man who we have seen grow in Modern Family, where he plays the super smart Manny Delgado. Plus, it would be great to see him share the screen with Sofia Vergara in a different show.

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Here’s What We Know So Far About The ‘Rebelde’ Reboot Coming To Netflix


Here’s What We Know So Far About The ‘Rebelde’ Reboot Coming To Netflix

Nostalgia has a way of taking us right back to who we were when we saw and heard some of our favorite things. “Rebelde” is definitely one of the top nostalgic moments in most Latino childhoods. Well, get ready because Netflix is bringing “Rebelde” back so you can dive back into the stories that will forever hold a special place in your heart.

“Rebelde” is coming back and this is definitely not a drill.

After years of being off the air, the historic and iconic show “Rebelde” is back and people cannot wait. The original cast has been good at keeping our love for them alive as they toured and created music. Most recently, RBD, the surviving band of original Rebelde members, dropped a new single to make the pandemic a little more tolerable.

We already know who is reprising their role in the reboot.

Celina Ferrer, played by Estefanía Villarreal, is coming back as the principal of the school. The official announcement letter was signed by the Elite Way School alumna.

“EWS is renowned for the excellence of its illustrious student body, young people ready to dazzle the world. In these halls, we have shaped icons who have gone on to entertain millions with their talent, and our classrooms have turned students into stars, ready for the big stage,” reads the letter. “Today, our Board of Directors is proud to present the next generation of young people who will become part of our prestigious institution in the upcoming 2022 school year. We welcome our future students Azul Guatia, Sergio Mayer Mori, Andrea Chaparro, Jeronimo Cantillo, Franco Masini, Lixeth Selene, Alejandro Puente, and Giovanna Grigio, who have been selected from an impressive list of applicants. The new students will start wearing the EWS uniform during orientation, which will start on March 1 of this year, thus preparing themselves for the upcoming 2022 school year at this institution, always committed to educating the leaders of tomorrow.”

Here’s a quick look at the new class.

Azul Guaita

Guaita is best known for her impressive TikTok account. She also starred in telenovelas ‘Mi marrido tiene familia” and “Soltero con hijas.” The 19-year-old Mexican actress has garnered more than 2 million followers on TikTok.

Sergio Mayer Mori

Mayer Mori is son of Mexican actor and producer Sergio Mayer and Uruguayan-born Mexican actress, model, producer and writer Bárbara Mori Ochoa. The young actor was in “Un padre no tan padre” in 2016.

Andrea Chaparro

Andrea is the daughter of famed Mexican actor Omar Chapparo. Hopefully the actress brings her unapologetic grunge vibes to the set in her role.

Jeronimo Cantillo

Cantillo is best known for his role in Verdad Oculta and Los Morales as well as his reggaeton music. The actor is bringing his award nominated acting chops and musical stylings to the highly anticipated Netflix reboot.

Franco Masini

Masini is one of the biggest names attached to the new “Rebelde” reboot. With several projects under his belt and more than 1 million Instagram followers, Masini is definitely bringing a large following to the Netflix show.

Lizeth Selene

Selene has made a name for herself as a musician and model. It is pretty impressive that her first acting job is going to be as part of the newest Rebelde class.

Alejandro Puente

Puente is an actor, writer, and director with a lot of success in Mexico. He is best known for his role as Todd Anderson in the Mexican stage adaptation of “Dead Poets Society.” He also stars in “El Club,” a crime drama television show in Mexico.

Giovanna Grigio

Grigio comes to the Elite Way School with 6 million Instagram followers and a lot of experience. The Brazilian actress has starred in several television shows and movies and will definitely bring some strong talent to the show.

READ: RBD Is Back With A New Single And This Is Not A Drill

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RBD Is Back With A New Single And This Is Not A Drill


RBD Is Back With A New Single And This Is Not A Drill

RBD is as much a part of our childhoods as flan and arroz con leche. They made our childhood great and their break up was devastating. Thankfully, those dark days are behind us and RBD is finally back to give us new music.

RBD is back, baby!

After years of silence and heartbroken fans, RBD is finally back with new music. “Siempre He Estado Aquí” is the first piece of new music from the Mexican pop band in years. The band announced their final tour in 2008 and since then fans have been able to follow individual band members through their careers.

RBD’s fandom was activated as soon as the single was released.

Hearing their voices just speaks to our souls. We spent years living on the music that was left behind from their time together and there was no hope of new music in sight. That’s what makes this single a wonderful gift during an atrocious year.

It has been 12 years since we got to hear the band perform. We didn’t even need new music, it would have just been great to see the band get back together. Tbh, the new music is an incredible moment in 2020 given everything that has happened this year.

It isn’t the full RBD group, but we have to be happy with what we have.

Anahí, Christopher von Uckermann, Maite Perroni, Christian Chávez, Alfonso Herrera, and Dulce María made up the original band. The new single might not be the full band but it is enough to give us every ounce of nostalgic emotions anyone can feel. How can you not be transported back to your childhood when hearing these voices of angels?

In conclusion, go listen to “Siempre He Estado Aquí” because it will renew your love of RBD.

With only four of the original members, “Siempre He Estado Aquí” is still all of the RBD power you expect to hear. It is a song you will instantly fall in love with because it will speak right to your heart.

You can check out the full song below!

What a wonderful day to be a RBD fan, huh?

READ: All Six Members Of RBD Got Together For A Group Photo, And Fans Think They’re Teasing A Reunion Tour—Here’s Why It Might Be True

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