Rivera to Star in Univision’s Upcoming “Cosita linda” Telenovela

Zuleyka Rivera has landed her next telenovela role…

The 25-year-old Puerto Rican actress and former beauty queen, who was Miss Universe 2006, has signed on to star in the Cosita linda, a new telenovela for Univision and Venevision.

Zuleyka Rivera

“I’m very happy to have signed the contract. My participation will be an antagonistic role,” Rivera told reporters after being presented as the new spokesperson for Le’dermis beauty products.

Rivera, who made her acting debut in the Telemundo telenovela Dame Chocolate in 2007, currently portrays Sandra Diaz on the soap opera Rosario.

She resumed her career as an actress after giving birth to her first child, Sebastián José Barea Rivera, with Minnesota Timberwolves point guard José Juan Barea. The baby was born Feb. 17, 2012.

While filming Rosario, Rivera participated as an extra in her first Hollywood film Runner, Runner, which stars Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck.

Cosita linda will begin filming in May in Miami.

Rivera’s Baby Bump Exposed!

Former Miss Universe Zuleyka Rivera isn’t afraid to show off her baby bump…

The 24-year-old Puerto Rican beauty queen appears all aglow and seven months pregnant on the cover of a Puerto Rican magazine, New Condado. Additional images of the mother-to-be are featured inside, along with a story on how she’s preparing for the birth of her child with NBA star Jose Juan Barea.

Zuleyka Rivera New Condado Magazine

Rivera, who was Miss Universe 2006, even shared some of the images with her Twitter followers with a special message.

“I present to you my pancita in the New Condado magazine!,” wrote Rivera. “I hope you like!”

Recently, Rivera has expressed on Twitter how difficult it has become to sleep. Her followers recommended that she try hard to get sleep now because once the baby arrives, the possibility of sleep will be reduced even more.

“It’s a small dancer!,” Rivera tweeted when a follower asked her if the baby moves a lot. “It doesn’t stay still! Jejejeje”