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.”
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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.
LECHERIA Perdónenme pero mi salud hoy no me permite estar con ustedes. No se si tengo un cuadro viral o gastrointestinal, por lo tanto me vi en la difícil situación de suspender nuestra función de #HechaEnVenezuela No quiero que se sientan molestos, nunca me había pasado esto pero la verdad es que estoy muy débil y los dolores son muy fuertes. Gracias al Dr. Canonico por ayudarme ❤ La fecha se va a reprogramar, les doy mi palabra. Discúlpenme Los quiero Mil gracias por escucharme y leerme
“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.