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Here’s What Venezuelan Actress Daniela Alvarado Has To Say About The Economic Crisis In Her Country

Daniela Alvarado, the actress who was the face of Jane in the original Venezuelan telenovela of “Juana la virgen,” which inspired “Jane the Virgin,” has opened up about how the ongoing crisis in her home county has affected her day-to-day life.

Daniela Alvarado is best known for her role as Juana in “Juana la Virgen.”

The Venezuelan telenovela would later inspired The CW’s “Jane the Virgin.” Even the Villanueva family in “Jane the Virgin” is a Venezuelan family.

Despite some of her social media posts, Alvarado wants her fans to know that the crisis is impacting the famous as well.

In an exclusive interview with Venezuelan news site Version Final, the 36-year-old actress provides details on how the ongoing crisis in Venezuela has ‘denigrated the status of the Venezuelan artist.’

The actress has used her social media presence to help friends find medicine during the economic turmoil in Venezuela.

Alvarado told Version Final that she has had difficulty finding pills for her parents’ hypertension, as well as the medicine for treating her own hyperinsulinemia, and has even had to re-sell a bag of arepa corn meal on the black market to make ends meet.

She doesn’t hold back from showing her fans her low points because of the crisis.

“There have been times in my life, in my career, where I haven’t had anything to eat,” she told Version Final. “I have been working. I remember a particular point where I was in such a bad economic place that I had to sell a lot of things in order to put food on the table.”

In an attempt to make a living during this time, Alvardo has turned to social media promotions.

A quick skim through her Instagram page shows she has been doing social media marketing for products including meal delivery services and beauty products.

When asked about the Venezuelan opposition, the actress was frank in her comments.

“I think it’s filth. You have to be conscious of your actions, with what you say and what you do. Principles should not be compromised,” Alvardo told the news outlet. “I don’t care who is governing. What I care about is that this crap moves forward. [I want] to work in peace.”

When it comes to her own life, Alvarado is indeed trying to work and move forward in her own career, touring recently with her one-woman play “Hecha en Venezuela.”

She has no current plans to emigrate to another country and plans to stick it out in Venezuela as long as she can.

“I’ll leave the day I want to leave, not because someone is kicking me out of my country,” Alvarado told Version Final.

Read her full interview with Version Final here.


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Latinas Shared The Movies And Shows That Made Them Feel Seen

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Latinas Shared The Movies And Shows That Made Them Feel Seen

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It’s no secret that over the past few decades, people of color worked to fight for equal representation on screens both big and small. While, of course, there have been great POC and LGTBQ relationships on television there’s really been a spike in the spectrum of representation since our early years watching television and learning about relationships.

Recently, we asked Latinas on Instagram what shows and movies featured their favorite most diverse couples.

And the answers threw us for a time loop!

Check them out below!


“Maria and Luis on Sesame Street.”- melissa_phillips71


“Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner is The Bodyguard, they reminded me of my parents and they loved to play the soundtrack.” –millenialmarta


“The leads in Someone Great, Jane and Michael the virgin and the lesbian relationship Gentrified. It’s been 30 years and I finally found characters I can relate to.” –allyss_abyss_

“Most definitely, “Brooklyn 99”: two female Hispanics as regulars and a white person playing a Hispanic (Andy Samberg’s character’s last name is Peralta, which is a Spanish surname).” – seadra2011

“Holt and Kevin(and Rosa Diaz) have changed the way people have perceived gay couples and gay people. Nine Nine!” –chaoticbiguy


“The first on-screen presence that made me feel seen/represented period was @justinamachado ‘s character on One Day At A Time. A Latina veteran struggling with her mental health while trying to juggle school, work, love, and family? And as a main character? Whew….“-vieja.metiche

“Taína! It was on Disney if I remember correctly?? Then @americaferrera in sisterhood of the traveling pants as Carmen. 😭❤️ her life was like mine. Growing up in suburbs but never really having a place culturally.. but my girlfriends still had my back no matter our background.” –chessy__a

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The US, Colombia Deny Any Involvement In What Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro Calls Failed Invasion

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The US, Colombia Deny Any Involvement In What Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro Calls Failed Invasion

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Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro accused both the U.S. and Colombian governments of trying to stage an invasion. President Maduro accused made the accusations towards the beginning of May when two Americans were arrested with a group of other people.

Both the U.S. and Colombia have denied any report of an attempted coup on Venezuela.

On May 3, a group of Venezuelan rebels and two Americans allegedly began a coup attempt in Venezuela. They began on the northern tip of the country and reportedly had plans to take control of Maracaibo and Caracas. They were all immediately captured and 8 Venezuelans in the group were killed during the conflict.

According to the Daily Mail, Jordan Goudreau, 43, was involved with the coup and told a close friend about it. It is alleged that Goudreau bragged about having a contract with the U.S. government to protect oil interests in Venezuela.

The mercenaries behind the attempted coup claim to have done security for a President Trump rally in 2018.

Goudreau, who has been described as the mastermind of the coup attempt, owns the security company Silvercorp. An old Instagram post shows the Florida-based company running security for a Trump rally back in 2018. The company has since deleted the Instagram posts after news broke about their failed attempt to train Venezuelan rebels and capture the South American country.

“He came out to Colorado,” Drew White, Goudreau’s former business partner told Daily Mail. “He said he had a deal from the State Department to protect oil interests in Venezuela. He was saying it was handed to him directly. He was saying it was directed and passed down by the State Department, that it was a legitimate operation and they also had some private funding backing, which isn’t unusual with these kinds of things. Essentially he was like, ‘We’re going to topple Maduro.’ At that point I was like, ‘This doesn’t seem legitimate” and we broke ways.”

Goudreau claims that the Trump administration and Venezuelan resistance leader Juan Guaidó green-lit the operation.

The U.S. and Venezuela have had a contentious relationship over the past few years. The political unrest in Venezuela has continued to draw criticism from the international community as Venezuelans have protested for a new leader. When the relationship with Trump soured, Maduro began to claim that the U.S. was attempting to overthrow the government.

Both the U.S. and Colombian governments have denied any involvement in the alleged coup.

Reports state that the group of men attempting to topple the Venezuelan government did nothing to hide their plan. The security group was tweeting their plans to the open-world alerting anyone with a Twitter account to their plans. SilverCorp USA has since deleted their Twitter account. Experts and officials have decisively denied any collaboration between the mercenaries and the two governments.

“There is no way that I can see any kind of U.S. involvement,” Fernando Cutz, who served as a Latin America adviser on the National Security Council under both Obama and Trump, told the Huffington Post. “There were no logistics, the numbers were a joke, they clearly didn’t have any intel. A group of high schoolers would have done a better job.”

Social media has spent time dragging the security company over its failed coup attempt.

There is still a lot of speculation swirling around the “coup.” However, Goudreau’s friend is pretty sure that the missions was not as official as Goudreau claims.

“He’s a good man,” White told Daily Mail. “He was the best man at my wedding. We have a lot of history together and it never seemed like he was lying like that. But once you started looking at it, none of it really added up. He kept asking to meet with people for funding. But typically with a State Department contract, the funding is shored up. You might have some private entities helping here and there. But it was pretty obvious that it was not a state-sanctioned activity.”

READ: Venezuela’s President Maduro And Opposition Leader Guaidó Are Allegedly In Secret Talks And The World Wants To Know The Details

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