After becoming a total icon of popular Mexican culture thanks to a song by Los Tigres del Norte, Camelia la Tejana is now on TV screens in a telenovela that recounts the life of that vengeful drug trafficker.
A highway restaurant in the central Mexican city of Pachuca, which recreates a 1970s diner in San Antonio, Texas, is one of the locations chosen for shooting this series that the Telemundo network will premiere in February.
This has been one of the biggest challenges of the series, that of “constructing the worlds” where the action occurs in this series about Camelia, a peaceful girl whose world turns upside down when she meets drug trafficker Emilio Varela, director Carlos Bolado told Efe.
After recreating the worlds of assassinated presidential candidate Luis Donaldo Colosio in the 2012 movie “Colosio, el Asesinato” and of the student protesters who were massacred in the 1960s with “Tlatelolco, Verano del 68” in 2013, the Mexican director was chosen this time to film the story popularized by the norteño band Los Tigres del Norte with their song “Contrabando y Traicion.”
Mexican actress Sara Maldonado has been cast as Camelia in this telenovela.
Camelia is a passionate woman “with her emotions completely repressed. She is obedient and has values, hopes and dreams, but as the story unfolds, her true character takes over,” the actress told Efe.
Emilio Varela is played by the Mexican Erik Hayser, who said his character “is a shrewd fellow, an adventurer capable of doing whatever it takes to get what he wants” and who “can get anything with his power of seduction, with his charm.”
Far from presenting the characters as heroes though they spend their lives trafficking drugs, the series does justice and they receive punishments proportional to the evil they have done.