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Everything You Need to Know About Telemundo's Camelia La Tejana

Profile of Camelia La Tejana


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Erik Hayser as Emilio in Camelia la Texana.


Tamara Mazarrasa as Lu in Camelia la Texana.


 Plot Overview:

Filmed in high definition and starring Sara Maldonado and Erik Hayser, Camelia La Texana is inspired by Tigres del Norte's hit song, Contrabando y Traición.  The story takes place in several different cities in Mexico, Los Angeles and San Antonio in the 1970s and was produced by Campanario Entertainment.



Broadcast History:

Camelia La Texana premieres February 25 at 10 p.m. ET/PT and 9 Central.


Sara Maldonado as Camelia Pineda alias La Texana
Erik Hayser as Emilio Varela
Dagoberto Gama as Don Antonio Treviño
Andrés Palacios as Facundo García
Eréndira Ibarra as Alison Varela
Luis Ernesto Franco as El Alacrán
Joaquín Garrido as Don Arnulfo Navarro
Tamara Mazarrasa as Lu
Julio Alberto Casado as Benigno Treviño
Peter Theis as Carson
Estefanía Villarreal as Mireya Osuna
Ana Paula de León as Alma Treviño
Arcelia Ramirez as La Nacha
Claudette Maillé as Rosaura Pineda
Cosmo Gonzalez as Emilio Varela Bailow, Jr.

Camelia La Texana  also stars Víctor Alfredo Jímenez, Iñaki Goci, Néstor Rodulfo Rojas
Claudia Lizaldi Salvador Benavides, Mario Beller, Ramón Valdes (German Valdes), Patricia Garcia, Mayte Gil, Sergio Arras, Alvaro Sagone, Briggitte Beltran, David Medel, Miguel "Burra" Pérez, Rodrigo Oviendo, Carlos Gallardo, Mauricio Pastrana, Carlos Hernan Romo, Cesar Valdivia, Quetzalli Cortés, Salvador Benavides, Oscar Zamanillo, Roger Cudney, Julio Casado, Arcelia Ramirez, Jaime Estrada, Carlos Tavera, Enrique Anaya, Claudio Guevara, Hector Hugo de la Peña, Sergio Reynoso, Agusto Granados, Gabriel Hernan, Anilu Pardo, Mauricio Galán, Arnulfo Reyes, Javier Escobar, Ricardo Rojas, Barbara Singer, Luis Fernando Padilla, Eric Ramirez, Gabriel Cisneros, David Ponce, Oscar Olivares, Eduardo Gleason and Isi Rojano.


Camilia La Tejana will broadcast in Spanish, but it is closed captioned in CC3 in English so all soap lovers can watch!

Social Media:

Viewers can follow Camelia la Tejana on Facebook at Camelia, la Tejana and @CameliaTV on Twitter. 

Additional Information:

Camelia La Texana is the story of a naïve and beautiful young woman who tries to escape her destiny. The story begins in the 1970s when young Camelia and her mother flee one of Mexico's most dangerous capos, Don Antonio. Camelia's beauty attracts a lot of attention and, as a result, jealousy from other women and infatuation on the part of many men.

Her mother tries to protect her from the fate that pursues her, but as she sets off in search of adventure, Camelia meets the man who will be the love of her life, and also her betrayer: Emilio Varela. Emilio promises Camelia the moon and the stars, but instead he breaks her heart.

Developed and written by Diego Ramón Bravo in collaboration with Hilario Peña and adapted for television by Rodrigo Ordoñez and Marcelo Tobar, Camelia la Texana was directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Carlos Bolado and produced by Tita Lombardo, of such acclaimed films as Amores Perros and Babel.

Character Descriptions:

Camelia Pineda alias La Texana (Sara Moldonado): A beautiful, young girl who lives in San Antonio. Disillusioned by love, she becomes a dangerous woman marked forever by her fury at Emilio Varela's betrayal. Once a naïve believer in true love, she is now a strong, brave and legendary woman, born to become the legend of Camelia la Texana.

Emilio Varela (Erik Hayser): An intelligent and seductive outlaw who knows how to get what he wants. Emilio's cleverness and charisma make him more than just a common criminal: He is gallant, vain and, above all, a master liar. Camelia is his great passion; he has never met anyone like her before, but his feelings for her are not enough to make him break his promise to return to the mother of child, the "owner" of his life.

Facundo García (Andrés Palacios): An honest police officer surrounded by corrupt colleagues, who won't rest until he completes his mission. What begins as a manhunt turns into a romantic obsession, plunging Facundo into a forbidden love between policeman and criminal in which there is no happy ending.

Don Antonio Treviño (Dagoberto Gama): The boss of the Treviño cartel, Don Antonio has a mission before he dies: to come to terms with his past. But tracking down Camelia la Texana won't be easy, and Don Antonio will have to draw on all of his substantial resources to catch her.

Lu (Tamara Mazarraza): A beautiful Chinese-Mexican woman who is 20 years younger than her husband. She is hopelessly in love with the man who saved her life when she was a girl, and who was always loyal to her father's family, saving them from extermination. The driving force of her life, however, is avenging her family, making her a calculating, seductive woman who is capable of a great many things.

 Rosaura Pineda (Claudette Maillé): A mysterious woman, haunted by her past, Rosaura has spent her entire life on the run, suspicious of everyone. She finds a temporary refuge in San Antonio, where she hopes to live a normal life alongside her daughter, Camelia, until the past catches up with her again.

Don Arnulfo Navarro (Joaquin Garrido): Timoteo Treviño's former right-hand man, now a temporary ally of his son, Don Antonio, after a fragile truce. Don Arnulfo's ambition is to become the boss of the drug trafficking business, and he is well on his way to realizing his dream when he comes face to face with Camelia.

Alison Varela (Erendira Ibarra): For the self-proclaimed "owner" of Emilio Varela's life, the man himself is her biggest problem and her greatest weakness. Nevertheless, she and her son, Emilio Jr., have done well for themselves in the family business: smuggling undocumented immigrants ("pollos") over the border. Within this shadowy world, Alison has a reputation as an honest "pollera" whom people trust.

La Nacha (Arcelia Ramírez): The oldest and most important smuggler on the border, he  controls the busy crossings at Tijuana and Ciudad Juárez. Nothing happens on the border without La Nacha knowing about it and giving her OK. But her power stems from the long-ago betrayal of the family of Antonio Treviño's wife, Lu, and one day she will be called to pay her debts in blood.

Benigno Treviño (Julio Casado): Antonio's brother Benigno is the family's aspiring politician. His ambitions help the Treviños consolidate their power in Sinaloa, but Benigno has a secret that could sabotage their plans.

Carson (Peter Theis): An American policeman who teams up with Facundo to investigate a murder on the border, Carson soon becomes a key player for the DEA in Mexico.

El Alacrán (Luis Ernesto Franco): Don Antonio's confidence man, Tthe Scorpion" is deadly to his enemies but loyal to his friends. Astute, cautious and a loner, when he shoots he never misses. Behind his tough exterior, however, El Alacrán conceals a good heart.

Mireya Osuna (Estefania Villarreal): This outgoing, strong-willed 18-year-old becomes Camelia's best friend and confidant when the two set out on an adventure together. Mireya also has a distinctive talent: a powerful singing voice that could lead her to stardom.

Alma Treviño (Ana Paula D'León): Adopted by Antonio Treviño after the death of her parents, little Alma has a special gift: Her dreams foretell the future. Her strange talent comes in handy during times of crisis and enables her more than once to save her family, but Alma soon realizes that it also gives her the power to manipulate the destinies of those around her.

Emilio Varela Bailow, Jr. (Cosmo González): Emilio and Alison's son, Emilio Jr. resents his father's absences. Always in search of his next con, he will play an unexpected role in the Treviño clan's future.


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