Are you ready for the Very Exciting Premiere of “Al Otro Lado del Muro?” on Telemundo?
This fantastic telenovela starts this Wednesday, February 21, and we can’t wait to watch it!!
I have a very special place in my heart for “Al Otro Lado Del Muro” – “The Other Side of the Wall” – for many reasons.
First of all, as we all know, the topic could not be more timely. The actresses Litzy and Marjorie de Sousa are the Protagonists in this novela.
They play two very different women who share the common goal of a life in the USA, but for very different reasons.
Litzy is “Eliza Romero” a beautiful and happy baker with two children and unfortunately, as she learns when she takes her children to the USA, a husband with a family on both sides of the border.
As you can imagine, her husband Max will leave her and their kids stranded at the bus station, and will not be welcomed by his Gringuita Familia, because this is not that weird show “Sister Wives.”
Undaunted because no woman as beautiful as Litzy is single for long,
her Eliza will meet all disasters with a cheerful optimism that hides a core of steel and lots of great dessert recipes.
Marjorie de Sousa, in her first appearance for Telemundo, plays Sofia Villavicencio, the wife of the evil Mexican governor Ernesto Martinez, a woman who is a former pageant queen with a very long maiden name.
Kind, gracious, and beautiful, Sofia the perfect political wife, and loving mother to her son and daughter.
However, Sofia flees to the USA when she learns that her husband is also in charge of a human trafficking ring, which she tries to bust up before she leaves, because she is brave as she is beautiful, and also because she’s really mad at her ex-.
In the previews, it looks like she drives her Jeep right over The Wall, which I am sure The American Idiot/President will be tweeting about soon.
Poor Sofia can only bring her daughter with her, however, because her son will be ripped from her arms just before her escape.
In the USA, Sofia finds Eliza, the only person Sofia can trust because Eliza was Sofia’s caterer in Mexico, which is a closer relationship than even a doctor and her patient.
Gabriel Porras, handsome as ever, is The Antagonist, The Evil Governor and Human Trafficker Ernesto Martinez. When Gabriel Porras is good, he is very good, but when he is bad, he is even better. Governor Martinez is cold and calculating, but like all politicians, he is great at being a phony. With the help of his staff, other politicians, and his Equally Evil girlfriend, he fools the voters, while he buys and sells young women, kidnaps his own son, and gets to live in the Governor’s Mansion for free.
He will have to battle Sofia, Eliza, many other supporting characters, and the voters, but never his conscience, in this thrilling new series.
I have been waiting for AOLDM for a long time! When I was in Miami a few months ago, I was lucky enough to visit the Telemundo studios while they were filming the show, and not only did I meet Litzy, Marjorie de Sousa and Gabriel Porras, but I watched them film a scene or two! (Actually I had met Gabriel Porras before, and I was shocked he did not remember me. Especially since he had to get a Restraining Order that time.)
Since I am still learning Spanish from telenovelas, I can’t tell you exactly what the scene was about, which is why I think Telemundo thinks it’s safe to invite me to the studio: I won’t reveal any secrets because I have no idea what’s happening.
I can tell you that from what I saw, there was a lot of gun-pointing, yelling, and Gabriel Porras flipped an intruder upside-down.
I did learn that it is very risky for an actor to flip an adult upside-down, but Gabriel came out on top, as he always does.
It is really a privilege for me, the ultimate fan, to watch what goes into every scene of a telenovela, and the patience and professionalism everyone shows. These novelas depend on everyone doing their jobs, most especially the gracious and charming man who brings around shots of espresso every few hours to keep the cast and crew going! Join me and let’s watch Al Otro Lado del Muro together!
Adriana Barraza, Jose Guillermo Cortines, Omer Germenos, Daniela Bascope, Gabriela Vergara, Gustavo Pedroza, Hely Ferrigny, Christopher Millan, Ed Trucco, and Uriel del Toro are just a few of the other great actors who round-out this novela!
And the writer is the always-compelling Laura Sosa Pedroza, who I am a huge fan of!!
Let’s watch @AlOtroLadoDelMuro together!!