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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.

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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.

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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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Maluma And J Balvin React To The Loss Of Armando Manzanero, Who Lost His Battle Against COVID-19

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Maluma And J Balvin React To The Loss Of Armando Manzanero, Who Lost His Battle Against COVID-19

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As if 2020 and Coronavirus haven’t taken enough from us, just days before we usher in a new year, the world is forced to say goodbye to Armando Manzanero.

The famed Mexican-Mayan artist lost his battle against COVID-19 and as news of his death began to circulate, reactions from stars all around the world have started to pour in.

Manzanero died like so many in 2020 – fighting the dangerous Coronavirus.

One of Mexico’s most iconic and beloved artists has passed at the age of 85 from complications related to COVID-19. Armando Manzanero had tested positive for the virus on December 17 and put into critical care just a few days later.

The Society of Authors and Composers of Mexico (SACM), of which Manzanero was president, announced his death, saying: “The romantic soul of Mexico and the world is in mourning.”

His family told Mexican newspaper El Universal that he was set to be extubated in the coming days, after his lung health had improved, but he then died by cardiac arrest.

Maluma took to social media to share his sadness over the immense loss.

Losing a man who is considered a symbol of Latin American music has left many artists shocked and in mourning. Reactions and memories from around the world quickly poured in to remember the man who helped put his country and culture on the global map.

Maluma shared to Instagram an emotional post, where he expressed his sadness for the departure of maestro Manzanero, “💔😭 RIP MASTER,” the post reads.

In the description, Maluma said “one of my greatest inspirations” had died but that he’d forever treasure the memory of having met Manzanero. The video shows when Maluma, visibly moved, meets Armando Manzanero for the first time. “A pleasure to meet you,” says the reggaetonero; Immediately afterwards, the Mexican singer hugs him while patting him on the back.

J Balvin also shared his condolences while also condemning COVID-19.

Another of the many celebs who showed their sadness over the death of the star was J Balvin. In his Instagram stories, Balvin posted a photo of Manzanero and wrote “Rest in peace, Armando Manzanero.” In addition, he wrote what so many of us are feeling after such a devastating year: “FUCK COVID.”

And Mexico’s president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, addressed Manzanero’s death during a press conference, per CNN. “Armando Manzanero was a sensitive man, a man of the people. That’s why I lament his death,” he said. “He was also a great composer.”

Manzanero was a famed Mexican-Mayan artist who helped bring visibility to his culture and community.

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Manzanero was a romantic crooner who was often covered by artists from around the world. In fact, many of his tracks were translated into English and performed byartists including Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and Perry Como, and he was awarded a lifetime achievement Grammy in 2014.

He has since written more than 400 songs and released more than 30 albums, including nine since 2001, as Manzanero collaborated with a younger generation of Spanish-language romantic pop singers such as Alejandro Sanz, Luis Miguel and Lucero.

Manzanero’s impact on Latin music, especially romantic “bolero” songs, was widely recognized during his lifetime. He received Lifetime Achievement Awards from both the Latin Grammys in 2010 and the Grammys in 2014. Earlier this year, the Billboard Latin Music Awards recognized him with a Lifetime Achievement Award, with musicians including Luis Fonsi and Pablo Alborán performing a medley of hits as Manzanero accompanied on piano.

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This Is The Ultimate Telenovela Watch List To Help You Get Through The Holidays

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This Is The Ultimate Telenovela Watch List To Help You Get Through The Holidays

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Ok, it’s not as if any of us need an excuse to sit down and binge watch our favorite telenovelas. I mean we probably all already have a long list of favorites growing up watching them with our moms, abuelas, and tías.

Melodramas are part of our DNA, and we thrive watching the often times overly passionate scenes on TV with our favorite celebrities. One of the best things about telenovelas is that they have clear villain roles and come with a clear beginning and end. The short stories help us escape into an alternate reality where everything is a life-and-death decision. 

And thanks to a surging pandemic, we’re spending more time than ever at home in front of our screens, looking for more content to watch. So why not work on this epic list of telenovela content to help get you through the holidays.

La Reina del Sur

La Reina del Sur was (and still is) an absolute game changer that’s exactly how it will go down in history. The series that starred Kate del Castillo is about Teresa Mendoza, a woman who gets dumped into the dark world of narcos unknowingly. She soon finds herself being persecuted by the Mexican cartel and escapes to Spain only to revolutionize the drug-trafficking world in Europe. There was no intention to make a sequel, but Telemundo caved after fans requested it for years and in 2019 released another chapter of the saga. Both seasons are available on Netflix now.

La Patrona

Aracely Arámbula is one of our Latin telenovela queens. And one of her greatest telenovelas is La Patrona, in which she portrays Gabriela, a single mother who works as a miner.

Of course, being the only woman who works in the mines brings out the bullies who make her life a living hell. However, things escalate further when she crosses Antonia Guerra. Things take another turn when she finds out that Gabriela Suárez is her grandchild’s mother, and she goes to terrible lengths to get rid her.

It’s a strong classic telenovela story that features two strong women who are determined to complete their goals.

Betty, En NY

Yo Soy Betty, La Fea was a phenomenon that captivated our hearts when it first aired at the turn of the century. The Fernando Gaitán original gave us a lesson about loving oneself and not judging others by their physical appearance.

Telemundo remade the Colombian hit in 2019 and cast Elyfer Torres as the titular character of Betty en NY. The network updated the series to modern times, but the heart of the story remains. One unique aspect of the particular transformation that Betty receives is that they kept her hair curly throughout, making a statement that curly hair is also beautiful.

Rebelde

If you’re obsessed with Elite (along with the rest of the world), then you can think of Rebelde as a way less intense early 2000s version of it. It’s a remake of the Argentinian series Rebelde Way, and it’s set in an *ahem* elite boarding school.

The show follows the relationships of a group of wealthy and scholarship students who, in true Breakfast Club fashion, join together despite their differences and start a pop band. Oh, and another fun thing: They all dress like they’re about to star in a Britney Spears music video. It’s truly amazing.

Pasión de Gavilanes

If you are looking for something steamy to watch, look no further than Pasión de Gavilanes. The Colombian classic pairs three hot men with three gorgeous women, and there are lots (lots) of passionate scenes between all the couples involved. Telemundo remade this telenovela again as Tierra de Reyes with a whole new cast and abs galore.

La Que No Podía Amar

Another Televisa production, La Que No Podía Amar, completely changed the telenovela rules. Our protagonista, Ana Paula, is not your typical heroine as she is not one to take orders from anybody. Our galán is also not the usual lead man as he mistreats everyone around him due to an accident that left him unable to walk. Despite their clashing, they somehow bring out the best in each other and create a magical love.

¿Donde Está Elisa?

A telenovela meets true crime thriller? Sounds too good to be true, but it’s basically the premise of this Telemundo classic, ¿Dónde Está Elisa? 

As the family is engulfed in knowing Elisa’s whereabouts, deep, dark secrets start to unravel. How did Elisa disappear? Who is behind her disappearance? Is she dead or alive? The characters will ask themselves these questions, but the culprit of all this drama might just be at home.

La Usurpadora

This list would have a big gaping hole if we didn’t include the telenovela to end all telenovelas. La Usurpadora stars Gabriela Spanic as twin sisters Paulina and Paola, who trade places when the latter abandons her family and escapes with her love.

Paulina is the noble sister who ends up taking care of the Bracho family and finally making them feel like a family unit again. This sweet and bonkers story is one you have to watch if you call yourself a telenovela fan. Televisa adapted the story in 2019 with Sandra Echeverría as the twins. However, this time, it is set in the political world. This miniseries is available on Amazon Prime Video.

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