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.

Levy Named “El Hombre Más Sexy” by People en Español

William Levy is bringing sexy back… again.

William Levy

The 32-year-old Cuban-American telenovela star, who set hearts a flutter during his stellar run on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, has been named the sexiest man by People en Español. It’s his second consecutive “el hombre más sexy” designation by the magazine.

A smoldering and shirtless Levy graces the September cover while showing off his adorable smile.

William Levy

In the exclusive interview with the magazine, the El triunfo del amor star, who was raised by his mother, aunt and grandmother, says the experience has proven to be was “the best school” for learning about what women really want.

Other Latino celebrities making the 2012 list include Mexican actor David Zepeda, Mexican telenovela star Fernando Colunga, Dominican singer Prince Royce and Colombian actor Fabian Rios.

An American “Soy Tu Dueña” Remake in the Works?

It looks like ABC will try its luck all over again with adapting a smash Latin American telenovela

With help from Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria, ABC is developing an English-language remake of the hit Mexican telenovela Soy Tu Dueña, according to Deadline. Longoria will serve as an executive producer on the project.

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Co-produced by Televisa—the company behind the Mexican version—the American version will center on a Texas heiress who loses her fortune and is forced to move back to the ranch she grew up on. Soy Tu Dueña, which translates to “I’m Your Owner,” will be called A Woman Of Steel.

A remake of the 1995 telenovela La Dueña, Soy Tu Dueña—which starred Mexican telenovela royalty, Fernando Colunga and Lucerowas a ratings hit when it aired on Univision last year, ranking as the network’s most-watched telenovela ever.

ABC is the only American network to successfully adapt a Latin American telenovela with Ugly Betty. Based on the Colombian telenovela Yo soy Betty, la fea, the dramedy ran for four seasons on the network.

America Ferrera won a Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild Award and an Emmy for her portrayal of the fashionably challenged title character.

No word on who will star in ABC’s adaptation of Soy Tu Dueña. But Longoria wouldn’t be a bad choice… After all, she’s from Texas and her schedule should open up now that Desperate Housewives is going off the air this season.