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Your Favorite Movie Stars and Their Cheesy Telenovela Days

Everyone watches telenovelas. Your mom, your tía, your abuelita. Even your dad can’t keep his eyes off the drama.  Not only are telenovelas are incredibly popular, they’ve launched the careers of several actors that are now household names.

Mainstream America met William Levy on Dancing with the Stars…

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And J.Lo’s “I’m Into You” video.
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But you probably remember him as Germán Torres from Olvidarte Jamás.
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The Cuban-American hottie started off as a model, then made the jump to the telenovela-themed reality show Protagonistas de Novela 2. In 2006, Levy made his telenovela on Univision’s Olvidarte Jamás. He’s been unforgettable ever since.

You’ve probably seen Eiza González in From Dusk till Dawn: The Series

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But the Mexican actress and singer got her start as Lola in the teen telenovela Lola…Érase Una Vez.
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Jaime Camil kills it as telenovela actor Rogelio De La Vega on Jane the Virgin…
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Because he had plenty of practice on novelas like Mi Destino Eres Tú.

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That’s the one where he got hot and heavy with Lucero.
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Believe it or not, that was 15 years ago. BTW, if you can’t read Lucero’s lips, she’s saying: “Chilllllll… are you trying to swallow me whole?”

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Roselyn Sanchez is going strong as Carmen Luna on the show Devious Maids

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And everyone knows that soaps are what gringos call telenovelas.

Carlos Ponce’s pecs in the movie Couple’s Retreat are EVERYTHING…
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But way back in 1996, people fell in love with his blue eyes when he appeared in Sentimientos Ajenos.
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The Puerto Rican actor, singer and composer got his first telenovela role in 1994’s Guadalupe. That’s what led him to get the starring role in Sentimientos Ajenos.

Demián Bichir is all kinds of awesome and in Weeds and The Bridge
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But the Mexican actor is an old school telenovela veteran.
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Bichir made his first telenovela appearance in 1977 (!) and went on to do más y más.  Here, in La Otra Mitad del Sol, Bichir plays a man who has spent multiple lives falling in love with the same woman.

READ: Could You Do What Camila Cabello Did To Become a Star?

Everyone thinks of Salma Hayek as the woman who brought Frida to Hollywood…

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But Hayek first made a name for herself as a novela star in Mexico.

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Sofia Vergara

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But she had minor roles in two Mexican telenovelas before making it on American TV.
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Vergara was minding her business on a beach in Colombia when she was discovered by a photographer. She ended up in her first telenovela, 1995’s Acapulco, Cuerpo y Alma. After hosting the TV show Fuera de Serie, she appeared in one more novela: Fuego en la Sangre. And, you know, then she became one of the highest paid actresses on TV for her role in Modern Family.

Diego Boneta’s fresh face and talent made him stand out in Rock of Ages
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But he had an ever fresher face when he played Rocco in Rebelde.
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Boneta, who is an actor and a singer, was part of a star-studded cast Rebelde a teen telenovela.

READ: Yes, Someone Actually Complained about Diversity on TV

Cristián de la Fuente has been all over TV shows like Ugly Betty, CSI Miami and Devious Maids
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But he perfected his kissing chops on novelas such as Amor Bravio.
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Much like Sofia Vergara, de la Fuente’s career started when he was discovered on a beach. Shortly thereafter, the Chilean actor made his way to novelas where became a master of the lip lock.

A lot of people think of Diego Luna as hot and hip now…
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But he hadn’t even lost his baby fat in the novela El Premio Mayor.
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Ana De La Reguera catches Nacho’s eye as Sister Encarnación in Nacho Libre
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But the Mexican actress has been catching the eyes of telenovela lovers since the ’90s.
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And not just as supporting characters, we’re talking lead roles in novelas such as Luciana y Nicolás and Desencuentro. 

Rodrigo Santoro made plenty people swoon in the movie Love Actually
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But in 1999, he was making Brazilians swoon in the telenovela Suave Veneno.
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?Look at that baby face!!! ?

Which of these actors are you surprised to find out got their start in telenovelas? mitú wants to know. Share in the comments below. 

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J Balvin Offers Up A Message To Fans About The Real Dangers Of Covid-19

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J Balvin Offers Up A Message To Fans About The Real Dangers Of Covid-19

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Updated August, 17, 2020.

J Balvin is the latest celebrity to come forward with a Covid-19 diagnosis. He is part of a running list of Latino celebrities who are warning fans about the virus.

J Balvin has a message for all of his fans about the seriousness and dangers of Covid-19.

“At the moment, I’m just getting better,” J Balvin said in a recorded messages for the Premios Juventud. “These have been very difficult days, very complicated. Sometimes we won’t think that we’ll get it, but I got it and I got it bad.”

He added: “My message to those that follow me, young fans and people in general is to take care. This isn’t a joke. The virus is real and it’s dangerous”

Updated August 13, 2020.

Covid-19 is not done and we are seeing the proof everywhere we turn. Months after the pandemic, more and more people continue to fall ill with the virus and Antonio Banderas joins the pack.

Antonio Banderas shared the news on social media that he tested positive on his 60th birthday.

The iconic Spanish actor had recently celebrated his girlfriend’s 39th birthday before testing positive. Europe is currently dealing with a second wave from Covid-19 and officials are becoming concerned by the spread.

In his post, Banderas talked to his fans about the illness and how he didn’t feel sick, just more tired than normal. Yet, Banderas added: “I will take advantage of this isolation to read, write and rest, continue making plans to begin to give meaning to my newly released 60 years to which came loaded with desire and illusion. Big hugs to everyone.”

Banderas did not explain how he contracted the infectious disease, that as of 13 August 2020, has seen over 20.6 million cases reported across 188 countries. So far, the disease has killed more than 749,000 people.

Last year, Banderas (who is known for his roles in The Mask Of Zorro and The Spy Kids franchise) was nominated for an Oscar for his film “Pain and Glory.”

Original: As beaches, restaurants, and even bars and clubs started to reopen, it was easy to forget that we are still in the midst of a global health crisis – one that continues to hit the Latino community, in particular, very hard. And stars, they really are just like us. Celebrities are also at risk of contracting Covid-19 and over the last few days, we’ve learned that several of Latin music’s biggest stars have in fact been infected with the virus.

The news comes just as states like Florida, California, Arizona, and Texas set new records with sky-high infection rates. It’s an important reminder that nobody is immune to this pandemic and that we all need to do our part to keep our communities safe.

Several major Latin music stars have recently announced they’ve tested positive for Covid-19.

As if a reminder that stars, they’re just like us, several of Latin music’s biggest celebrities have announced that they’ve tested positive for Covid-19. Karol G, Prince Royce, and Chiquita Rivera have all shared their positive diagnosis for the virus and are urging fans to stay home and use masks when they have to go out.

Karol G took to Instagram Live to share the news of her infection with her fans.

During an Instagram live watched by more than 100,000, the “Tusa” singer said that she tested positive two or three weeks ago but had not made it public so her parents wouldn’t worry. “First of all, thank you to all the people that have reached out to me. I hadn’t said anything because my parents are far away and I didn’t want them to worry about me,” she says.

“Because my new single was coming out, I didn’t want coronavirus to be the news. Now that the news is out, my parents are very nervous and if it was under any other circumstance, they’d be here by my side.”

Karol G went on to say that she is feeling well compared to others who have been diagnosed positive. She was diagnosed with COVID-19 a few weeks ago with her friend and sister, and decided to isolate away from Anuel, who she confirmed tested negative. “I feel well. Today, I got another test and hoping this one will be negative.”

Chiquita Rivera also announced that her and her husband have also tested positive for the virus.

Just last week, Mexican-American singer Chiquis Rivera, the daughter of the late Jenni Rivera, revealed she and her husband Lorenzo Méndez tested positive for COVID-19. Also in an Instagram video, Rivera said “We’re contagious so we have to be responsible and we are going to quarantine.”

And Dominican Prince Royce announced he too had contracted Covid-19.

Prince Royce was one of the first celebrities to reveal his diagnosis. he shared he had tested positive for the virus shortly before the 4th of July holiday weekend and urged people to take precautions and be safe – for themselves and others.

In an Instagram video, he shared that he had gone out to restaurants since things had started to open up. He added: “Well, Florida hasn’t been so bad, and New York is the one with the problem. I fell for that and I think many people can fall for that and will fall for that. Don’t be selfish and make the same mistakes that I probably did.”

He urged his fans to do the responsible thing and stay at home.

“I was diagnosed with COVID-19 and I am on day number 12 since my symptoms began,” he wrote on Instagram. “My case has been mild and I am feeling well. I share this with you today to ask you please not let down your guard — this virus is very real and we can have it and spread it without even knowing. I didn’t think I had it as I didn’t feel that bad and had I not gotten tested I would be spreading it to others.”

His caption also added, “For younger people, this is more than just about taking care of ourselves, it is about taking care of others, older people and those with compromised immune systems. Please let’s take this seriously and act responsibly and with compassion. Let’s all take care of each other.”

Their infections come as the virus is raging out of control across the country.

New records are being set everyday across the United States, as severe all states see the virus rage out of control. For the first time ever in the U.S., Florida saw more than 15,000 new cases in just one day. Meanwhile, in Arizona – the per capita infection rate is higher than it was at the peak of New York’s battle against the virus.

As of July 15, the U.S. has 3.48 million confirmed cases and almost 140,000 deaths due to Covid-19 infection. Those numbers are expected to continue to climb as many Americans refuse to follow simple preventive measures, including wearing a mask and staying at home.

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Fans Are Worried After Bad Bunny Was Rushed To Hospital For Emergency Surgery

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Fans Are Worried After Bad Bunny Was Rushed To Hospital For Emergency Surgery

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The year 2020 just won’t stop. Now it’s trying to come for San Benito – and his stans aren’t having any of it. In the same week that we find out Naya Rivera went missing (her remains have since been recovered) and a once cherished brand, Goya Foods, is now under a full scale boycott for heaping praise on Donald Trump, we find out that Bad Bunny went into emergency surgery over the weekend.

Over the weekend, Bad Bunny was rushed into the hospital for emergency surgery.

According to El Heraldo de México, the El Conejo Malo was hospitalized on Friday for an emergency operation due to severe appendicitis. The paper reported that the star was admitted to the Doctors Center in Puerto Rico’s capital, San Juan.

According to the outlet, he will need to stay in the hospital for another four or five days to recover from his emergency surgery, which was reportedly performed within the first hours of his admission to the hospital.

Bad Bunny’s publicist confirmed to Telemundo that “Bad Bunny had an emergency appendicitis surgery yesterday. This is why he was taken into the hospital. He’s doing well and is currently recovering at the hospital.” The publicist told Telemundo that the singer is expected to recover and be fine.

The reggaetónero hasn’t posted on social media since mid-May, making it all the more difficult for fans to piece together the events that led to his hospital admission. Once news broke that he had been admitted to the hospital, rumors started to fly that the “Yo Perreo Sola” singer had contracted the COVID-19 virus. Although appendicitis is no fun and a very serious matter, fans were thankful it wasn’t Coronavirus.

Just last week, San Benito was making history on the cover of Playboy.

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Bad Bunny’s hospitalization comes just days after he graced the cover of Playboy magazine in all his glory – making history in the process. He was the first ever man (aside from magazine founder Hugh Hefner) to land the cover unaccompanied.

Fans were eating it up.

“Ladies and gentlemen, I give you… perfection!” one fan wrote about his Playboy appearance, while another emphasized the magazine spread and accompanying interview were “everything I need.”

The collective reaction on Twitter was one of shock and disappointment.

As if 2020 – hell, even the past week – couldn’t get more intense, Bad Unny had to be hospitalized. Many just can’t comprehend the epic disaster that is 2020. One person on Twitter summed up the last few days succinctly saying: “Naya Rivera is missing. Tiktok is possibly being banned. A Trump supporter disrespectfully put a MAGA hat on Selena’s statue. Goya’s cancelled. Bad Bunny is at the hospital. All in one day. WE GET IT 2020 YOU’RE CHAOTIC AS HELL. STOP DOING THIS TO US.”

But fans from across the world are sending Bad Bunny good vibras.

Twitter erupted with messages of love and support for San Benito.

“Where do I sign up to give a limb, lung whatever he needs bruh,” one devoted fan wrote on the platform upon learning of the star’s health condition.

“Bad Bunny in the f–king hospital,” another lamented, adding that “2020 can’t get any worse.”

“If he goes, I go!” wrote another of Bad Bunny’s ride-or-dies, though we are here to inform that no one has to go anywhere since it appears the singer is in recovery, and should be heading back out and about into the world in a matter of days. 

Get well soon Bad Bunny!

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