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Name of the Serie

La doble vida de Estela Carrillo
(The double life of Estela Carrillo)

Countries of production: USA, Mexico, Brazil
Production Company: Canal de las Estrellas/ Televisa
Director: Benjamín Cann; Rodrigo Hernández; Alejandro Álvarez Ceniceros
Production: Pedro Armando Rodríguez Claudia Velazco (among others)


Alicia Scherson / Mika Kurvinen


February 13 - May 21, 2017, Mondays to Fridays, 9:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
(From 08 May 2017 from 21.30-22.30)

La doble vida de Estela Carrillo (The double life of Estela Carrillo)

The telenovela La doble vida de Estela Carrillo is about a young woman who fled to the United States with her daughter. Her dream was always to sing regional Mexican music. In Mexico, she fell into the hands of a human trafficker who promised to make her famous. By illegally escaping to the USA, she can free herself from him. In the U.S. she buys a false identity and from now on lives under the name Estela Carrillo. Through social networks, Ryan Cabrera becomes aware of her and asks her to testify for him in a murder trial. His wife Estela Carrillo is considered missing. She agrees and from now on lives in the dichotomy of not being able to tell the truth for fear of being deported to Mexico and losing the safe life of the U.S. for her and her daughter.

The Mexican telenovela is based on true events and tells the life of the "fake" Estela Carrillo in 72 episodes. It can be classified as a "fictional reality" telenovela. It deals with the themes of illegal migration, violence against women, the pursuit of the "American Dream" and the dichotomy of living between two worlds: a reality that countless Latinos and Latinas living illegally in the United States share with Estela Carrillo from the telenovela. Producer Rosy Campo says in an interview that the story is based on true facts. It is about the life of a woman who aspires to a better life and, due to various circumstances, goes to the United States and must change her identity there. The producer says that La doble vida de Estela Carrillo is a modern telenovela that takes up current issues and corresponds to the genre of telenovela with the love relationships and intrigues.

The telenovela has been nominated for several awards, including Best Screenplay of a Telenovela in Spanish and Best Acting Performance.

Sources and references

Publimetro (2019): "Rosy Ocampo se inspira en la migración y el sueño americano para su nueva telenovela. La productora Rosy Ocampo estrena el 13 de febrero La doble vida de Estela Carrillo, telenovela que aborda temas actuales, como la situación de los mexicanos que viven de manera ilegal en Estados Unidos, combinado con el auge de la música regional mexicana. Protagonizan Ariadne Díaz y David Zepeda." Available online at: https://www.publimetro.com.mx/mx/entretenimiento/2017/01/17/rosy-ocampo-sueno-americano-telenovela.html. Last checked on 03/01/2021.

Wikipedia (2022), "La doble vida de Estela Carrillo." Available online at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_doble_vida_de_Estela_Carrillo. Last checked on 03.01.2021.