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"La bella y las bestias" is a Mexican-American telenovela for Univision and Televisa. It's an original story written by Juan Camil Ferrand, author of successful television series 'Escobar: el patrón del mal' and 'El cartel de los sapos'. It aired from June 12 to September 10, 2018 on Univision. The main stars are Esmeralda Pimentel and Osvaldo Benavides.

Synopsis

The series revolves around Isabela León, a young high school student who practices mixed martial arts. She is the daughter of Enrique León, an agent of the DEA. After Enrique confiscated a load of money laundered by Armando Quintero, Quintero and his partners decided that the best thing for their business is to kill Enrique. So Armando decides to send El Cástor and Norman, his henchmen, to kidnap Enrique and his family, but everything goes out of control and El Cástor murders Isabela's mother and kidnaps María, Isabela's friend. Isabela realizing what happened decides to flee to her home and hide in a panic room that her father had built. But while she is in this place, she witnesses the murder of the father.

On the other hand there is Juan Pablo Quintero, Armando's son. Juan Pablo suffers from humiliations and mistreatment of his father, since he does not want to be a criminal like him. After Juan Pablo alerts the DEA of the plans his father has, Armando locks him in a warehouse and hits him unconscious. Meanwhile, resentful Isabela decides to go to Armando's casino to find her friend María, but unfortunately ends up being locked up with Juan Pablo.

Juan Pablo tries to help Isabela to discover who were the murderers of her parents. After being released, Juan Pablo shows Isabela a video that shows who were the ones who ordered the death of her father, and she decides to call them "Beasts". After a while, Isabela and Juan Pablo decide to go out and talk, and while they walk through the streets, a car explodes, leaving them both seriously injured. Emanuel Espitia, Isabela's godfather and one of the 'Beasts' (which is unknown to Isabela), decides to send her to a home in the United States.

Time passes and Isabela begins her revenge to end all the Beasts.

Trivia

  • Altair Jarabo was confirmed in the role of Isabela. It would be her first protagonistic role. She even started preparing for the character before the filming, when she was suddenly replaced by Televisa's order with actress Esmeralda Pimentel.
  • The series was filmed in late 2017 in its entirety. 80 episodes were filmed, however due to unsatisfactory ratings, Univision started cutting scenes around the 50th episode and so the show ended with 66 episodes. All the episodes are however available on Televisa's streaming service Blim.
  • The series started airing in Mexico on Televisa's channel Canal 5 on August 13, 2018, but after 15 episodes it was cancelled due to bad ratings.
  • Esmeralda Pimentel and Osvaldo Benavides started dating during the filming of the show.

Cast

Main cast

ACTOR / ACTRESS ROLE
Esmeralda Pimentel Isabela León (Carolina)
Osvaldo Benavides Juan Pablo Quintero
Arturo Barba Emanuel Espitia
Cassandra Sánchez-Navarro Penélope Zapata
Jorge Alberti Mike
Macarena Achaga Emilia Quintero
Jaume Mateu Simón Narváez
Leticia Huijara Gloria Quintero
Sebastián Martínez Antonio José Ramos (El Colombiano)
Sebastián Ferrat Ignacio Vega (El Cafetero)
Guillermo Quintanilla Abelardo Zea (El Senador)
Francisco de la O Horacio Hernández
Aylín Mújica Maria Estela González (La Madame)
Jessica Más Cristina Reyes (La Joyera)
Fermín Martínez Ernesto Acosta (El Castor)
Alejandro Durán Norman Romero
Victor Civeira Ricardo Morales

Guest stars

ACTOR / ACTRESS ROLE
Alejandro Ávila Enrique León
Lorena Meritano Mrs. León
Ari Telch Armando Quintero
Jessica Díaz María
Raúl Olivo Jorge
David Palacio Daniel Vega
Ivana de María Marcia Vega
Sofía Blanchet Veronica Roldán
Lizzy Auna Mireya
Hector Molina Victor
Anahí Fraser Milena
Elizabeth Minotta Andrea
Silvia Manríquez Mrs. Espitia
Luis Fernando Zarate Rodrigo
Eileen Moreno Susana
Ana Karina Guevara Alicia
Juliana Galvis Alejandra
Liz Dieppa Erika
Juan Luis Orendain Don Carlos
Andrés Montiel Omar
Julieth Herrera Leonor
Luis Romano Felipe
Teresa Salinas Graciela Zea
Diana Golden Susana's Aunt
Lorena Graniewicz New Agency Worker
Saturnino Martinez Israel
Isabel Martínez 'La Tarabilla' Madame's Car Agency Worker
Jordi Rosh Ramiro
Ivana Plantier Young Isabela
Almys Silgado Ramón
Gemma Velasco Viviana
Valeria Lourdoguin
Edna Lucero Prada
Carlos Moreno Cravioto
Pascacio López
Ian Garcia Monterrubio
Tania Robledo
Jessica Garro
Melani Petrosino
Adriana Pino
Penelope Saenz
Ignacio Torre
Nataly Umaña
Susana Zambrano
Marlly Bermudez
Mariana de Luccas
Florencia Rodríguez
Claudia Troyo
Paola Gonzalez
Hildeberto Maya
Anai Urrego
Rubén Arciniegas
Alejandro Briones
Emilia Carranza
Karla Cruz
Patricio José
Lizeth Palma
Paulina Barrientos
Sergio Castillo
Luis Curiel
Jonathan Del Ángel
Elizabeth Gomez
Paulina Olvera
Jassai Castell
Alejandro de la Rosa
Angélica Lara
Sebastian Rodriguez
Israel Salmer
Emerson Yañez
Jose Ayala
Andres Becerra
Sol Billordo
Iván Bronstein
Alejandro Cabral
Roberto Campos
Eduardo Cortejosa
Lisbi Cuellar
Lorena del Castillo
Aida del Rio
Ana Paula Garcia
Alejandra Garduño
Ángel Garnica
Paulina Gil
Carolina Gomez Junco
Daniel Fuentes Lobo
Diego Luque
Genaro Mejía
Phany Molina
Italivi Orozco
Helena Puig
Jorge Eduardo Reig
Jose Miguel Reyes
Javier Reyes Rios
Maria Fernanda Rodriguez
Christopher Alfredo Salgado
America Schwebel
Minerva Velasco
Kerry Adra
Suzanne Aguilera
Sandra Paloma Avendaño
Carlos Balderrama
Martha Elena Bandala
Verónica Blanco
Axel Contreras
Ulises de la Cruz
Mario de Leon
Ivan Esquivel
Walter Gassire
Mauricio Gerling
Rogelio González
Vladimir Grajales
Shopia Guerra
Ana Kubluck
Liliana Lardin
Daniel Ledesma
Habda Malacón
Isabella Moloney
Julio Montiel
Valentina Moreno
Irais Consuelo Ramirez
Axel Rodriguez
Marcos Eduardo Santillan
Brandon Gómez Suárez
Roberto Tello
Nestor Torres
Isabel Trillo
Valentin Trujillo Jr.
Dafne Castillo Vilchis