Did you ever imagine there would be an English-language version of “La Reina Del Sur”? Well, it’s here.
USA Network just released a teaser trailer for the show, which is titled “Queen of the South.” The 13-episode series stars Brazilian actor Alice Braga as Teresa Mendoza, the role famously played by Kate del Castillo in the novela version. The show is based on the book by Arturo Pérez-Reverte, so expect lots of similarities to the novela, but not a shot-for-shot remake.
Just because award season is over, that is no reason to think we have seen the last of the incomparable Yalitza Aparicio. The Academy Award-nominee is taking a break from acting (she is looking at scripts), but that does not mean she’s stepping away from the spotlight, in fact, it is shining on her more than ever. After being named one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential people, Aparicio is attaining even more stellar titles that are perfectly suited for her.
Yalitza Aparicio is gracing the cover of People En Español’s “Los 50 más bellos” issue.
Looking like a boss in a white suit, Aparicio stood alongside her acting peers including Kate del Castillo, Eiza Gonález, Gina Rodriguez, and Natti Natasha. The magazine hits newsstands on May 2.
Aparicio and Del Castillo seemed to have bonded during the shoot.
“With these incredible women and grand fighters, it was marvelous meeting them,” Aparicio said on Instagram. Del Castillo followed the compliment by responding, “it was such a pleasure sharing this with all of you. And Yali, now I know why everyone is in love with you.”
If movie producers are reading this, can you please make a movie featuring these two ladies? We can tell their connection would shine on the movie screen.
Here’s one more for the road.
Yup, they need to be in a movie together.
The decision to feature Aparicio on the cover of People Espanol is particularly special considering what she has gone through this year.
As excitement around the Academy Awards built the actress recieved unwarranted racism from her community of actors in Mexico.
Telenovela star Sergio Goyri used racist slurs to say that he didn’t feel Yalitza Aparicio deserve an Oscar nomination.
In the video above, the veteran actor is discussing his reasoning as to why Aparicio should not get a nomination for an Academy Award.
“Que metan a nominar a una pinche india que dice, ‘sí señora, no señora’, y que la metan a una terna a la mejor actriz del Oscar” he said in Spanish.
To summarize Goyri’s racist and vulgar language, he said that an Indian who only says “yes ma’am and no ma’am” is not worthy of a Best Actress award.
The actor quickly apologized for his offensive use of words and issued a video apology to Aparicio.
“It was never my intent to offend anyone. I apologize to Yalitza, who deserves [the Oscar nomination] and much more,” the 60-year-old said on Instagram. “For me, it is an honor to see a Mexican be nominated for an Oscar.”
Mexican actress Gabriela Platas said that while she didn’t agree with Goyri’s opinion, she defended his freedom of expression about the topic.
Platas is facing backlash for defending Goyri’s words, whether she agrees with him or not.
“I never defended the expressions,” Platas tweeted. “I said that I think Cuarón’s casting elections are great, and that I do NOT agree with what Goyri said, but that he is in his right to express what he wants in his private environment.”
Aparicio responded to Goyri’s offensive remarks and said she is proud of who she is and where she is from.
“I am proud to be an Oaxacan indigenous woman, and it saddens me that there are people who do not know the correct meaning of words,” Aparicio said in a statement to The Guardian.
“Roma” director, Alfonso Cuarón, also came to the defense of Aparicio this week by saying that Goyri’s words should be a broader discussion as to why people, particularly in Mexico, have those feelings, and also why the media perpetuates stereotypes.
This was not the first time Aparicio has been the target of racist comments from other white Mexican actresses.
Last week, Mexican actresses Dolores Heredia, Blanca Guerra, Regina Orozco, and Vanessa Bauche were rumored to have been part of a chat in which they wanted to ban Aparicio from being nominated for Best Actress in the Ariel Awards in Mexico, which is the equivalent to the Oscars. Most of them have since come forward to deny the accusation.
Television audiences have spoken and Telemundo has listened. Almost a decade after Kate del Castillo captivated audiences in Telemundo’s mega telenovela hit ‘La Reina del Sur’ back in 2011, the actress reprises the role as Teresa Mendoza for the show’s sophomore season. Here’s why del Castillo is excited to be back as Teresa.
Telemundo Global Studios and Netflix have teamed up to co-produce this telenovela eight years after Teresa first appeared on TV screens.
In the second season of “La Reina del Sur,” Teresa is now a mother with a daughter of her own who is under the protection of the Federal Witness Protection Program. Teresa and her daughter live in the idyllic Italian village of Massa Marittima in Tuscany.
But her past comes back to haunt her when her daughter is kidnapped in broad daylight. Teresa, like all mothers, will risk even her own life to get her daughter back.
Del Castillo spoke to mitú in an exclusive telephone interview on her main reason for coming back on the show.
Although del Castillo said “executives of Telemundo were always flirting with the idea of a second part,” she said she felt it was a plot line that should be left alone since there was no second book by its creator, former Spanish journalist and current novelist Arturo Pérez-Reverte.
However, after the show’s massive success (Telemundo has called it its biggest telenovela hit), Pérez-Reverte was excited to do a second part—and del Castillo said she signed onboard only because its creator would be at the helm.
Now that Teresa is a mother in the second season, that didn’t stop del Castillo from connecting to the role despite not having any kids of her own. She said, “all women have that part in us.”
Acting as a mother is something that del Castillo is familiar with.
It was easy for the actress to reconnect with the emotions that she has prepared for being a mother in the past. “It’s something that comes easy to me,” del Castillo said.
Contrary to what most people think, Teresa is not actually based off of the life of Mexican drug cartel leader Sandra Ávila Beltrán, “La Reina del Pacifico,“ but instead is inspired by Ávila Beltrán.
Del Castillo admits that she feels intimately connected to the role of Teresa.
“After 8 years, it’s been a long time. I know who Teresa is—she lives in me for so many reasons,” del Castillo said.
Over the show’s first season, Teresa grew from a humble and naïve young woman to a strong independent woman who made moves and took names in one of the most dangerous industries—the drug business.
A far cry from the telenovela soap operas of eras past where the quiet, pretty ingenue has to fall in love as a damsel in distress. Teresa took matters into her own hands, no matter how big the stakes were.
“She is so independent, not needing a man, not believing what people told her when she couldn’t do things. She fights for life, she is running her title,” del Castillo said of the character she portrays.
“I think we all have that Teresa Mendoza inside of us, that empowers people. We don’t need any man to be happy and she proved that in so many ways—the thing is that she is in the wrong business,” del Castillo said.
Teresa is known for striking a balance between femininity and being a tough drug lord boss—and that multidimensional character is what drew del Castillo to first play Teresa.
“She is a human being because she is flawed and she commits mistakes and does terrible things, and that’s the way people relate to her. This is a character even men relate to. She thinks like a man but acts like a woman,” del Castillo said.
Despite the obvious difference between the actress and the character, del Castillo does connect with Teresa.
“Her strong independence, not taking sh*t from anybody, we’re both Mexican, and we both like tequila,” del Castillo admits.
Filming for the series took part in eight different countries, and one of the countries some scenes were set in was Mexico. Del Castillo says a double was used for her scenes in Mexico because she is unable to travel back to her home country. She was, however, able to travel to other locations, including Russia and Romania.
Now that shooting has wrapped and the show is premiering this month, del Castillo said it’s going to be hard to say goodbye to a character she related to and went through so much with.
“I enjoy playing her in every single scene. I wish I could play her more even,” del Castillo ruminates. “I need to let go of characters, you make them yours in so many ways.”
La Reina del Sur will return to Telemundo in the U.S. and Puerto Rico on Monday, April 22. The show will be available globally on Netflix.