Gil Returns to Telenovelas in “La usurpadora” Remake

Julián Gil returns is making his triumphant return to television…

The 42-year-old Argentine-born Puerto Rican actor is starring as the protagonist in the telenovela ¿Quién eres tú?, which is being recorded in Colombia and will be broadcast by UniMás, before airing on Telefutura.

Julian Gil II

“Of the characters that I have interpreted, it’s the one that most resembles me: he has two children, like me.  He’s the owner of a hotel business, and I was the owner of restaurants, and he’s very kind and human, because for him family and the fight for the love are very important,” says the the actor.

His character is Felipe Esquivel, a businessman who faces betrayal at the hands of his wife.  He’s the same character that Fernando Colunga portrayed in 1998 opposite Gabriela Spanic.  The telenovela is a remake of the highly popular Mexican telenovela La usurpadora.

“He’s a man of family, with two adolescent children, but with some very large personal conflicts.  It’s a story full of passion, but also with a lot of tension and intrigue.  It’s been many years since the Mexican version was presented and now we’re doing a version that separates itself a lot from it,” said Gil.

“I work six days a week.  I only have Sundays off, which I use to comply with the commitments that I have outside of the telenovela.  I barely have time for me, but it’s the price that I have paid to develop an international career.  Since I left Puerto Rico, I have moved to Miami, Venezuela, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, Spain and now Colombia.  I live with the suitcases in hand, at times I feel that I can’t find the floor,” added Gil.

The soap opera tells the story of a young woman who assumes the identity of her twin sister, only to discover that living the life of someone more can be a grave error.

“To work with this great team has been marvelous.  I’ve returned to a very family project, with all the team in general we have created an incredible chemistry that can be seen on the screen,” indicated Gil.

Spanic Receives National Award for Being an Inspiring Woman

In her 20-year entertainment career, including her 13-years appearing in some of Spanish-television’s most popular telenovelas, Gabriela Spanic has come a long way… And, now she’s being recognized for that incredible artistic trajectory.

The 38-year-old Venezuelan telenovela star has received the Premio Nacional de la Mujer from Mexico’s Cámara Nacional de la Mujer, A. C. (Canadem), an organization
that recognizes people and companies that positively impact society, women in particular.

Gabriela Spanic

“For me this recognition says many things, because no one can deny that I have worked a lot to deserve it,” says Spanic. “That I love my career, that I make an effort, put my all into it and respect the public that has supported me the length of my career, including my work as a protagonist in Emperatriz and La usurpadora, among many more.”

Asked about how hard it is to be a woman, parent and mother at the same time, Spanic said: “I am a single mother with a lot of honor, my son is my motor and my force, and I [fight] for him, although I believe every parent fights for their by its children, with all my energy.”

Spanic thanks God and the Virgin Mary for having life, health and work, as well as the strength to face her any obstacles that come her way.

Thousands Celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City…

There’s no denying that Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe is Mexico’s most popular religious and cultural image… And, “La Morenita,” as she called, has become one of the most popular icons of the Virgin Mary throughout Latin America and the world.

On Monday, December 12, hundreds of thousands gathered at the Basilica of the Virgin of Guadalupe in Mexico City— one of the most visited Catholic shrines in the world—to observe the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, an annual celebration that dates back to the 16th century.

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

This year’s observance—which included a special performance of “Las Mañanitas” to the Empress of Latin America by superstars like Lucero, Aracely Arámbula, Pedro Fernández and Gabriela Spanic—commemorated the 480th anniversary of Our Lady of Guadalupe’s apparitions in Mexico, on a hill in the Tepeyac desert, on December 9, 1531.

According to Catholic tradition, the Virgin Mary appeared to a poor 57-year-old recently converted Aztec Indian named Juan Diego and asked him to build a church on the spot where they were standing. He told the local bishop, who asked for proof. When he returned to the hill, Mary gave Juan Diego the requested sign. Miraculously, roses appeared on the hill in the middle of winter, and Juan gathered them in his tilma.
Mary arranged the roses in his tilma with her own hands, and Juan returned to the bishop. When he released the tilma, the flowers fell to the floor and an imprint of the Virgin Mary appeared on the tilma from the residue of the soil and roses.

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Along with “Las Mañanitas,” Monday’s celebration included a performance of “Amor eterno” and special prayer readings.