We had the great opportunity to talk to Angelica Celaya on portraying the iconic Jenni Rivera in the upcoming series premiering tonight on Telemundo, Mariposa de Barrio at 8pm.
The series is based on the true story of La Diva de la Banda Jenni Rivera, as it follows her in her life-long pursuit for fame and happiness.Â The Telemundo production offers an autobiographical tale from her birth until her unexpected and tragic death on December of 2012.Â An original script – based on her book â€œInquebrantableâ€ as well as on unpublished testimonies from her family, close friends and associates â€“ shows the many sides of Jenni as a daughter, mother, wife, lover and emblematic artist.
Born and raised in Long Beach, CA to Mexican parents, Jenni Rivera became the most important female figure and top selling female artist in the Mexican music genre.Â At the onset of her musical career, she was told many times she would not make it.Â At that time and still today, the regional Mexican music was and is dominated by men.
Her recordings often had themes of social issues, infidelity, and relationships. In addition to her passion for music, she was active in her community and donated her time to civic causes. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence appointed her its spokesperson in the United States. A proclamation was given “officially naming” August 6 â€œJenni Rivera Dayâ€ by theLos Angeles City Council for all her charity work and community involvement.
Â Rivera earned straight A’s in school until her sophomore year, when at 15 she became pregnant with the first of her five children, Janney “Chiquis” MarÃn-Rivera.Â She supported her children by selling CDs at flea markets, while working toward her GED at a continuation school and graduating as class valedictorian.Â Â She later attended California State University, and obtained a college degree in business administration and worked in real estate before going to work for her father’s record label.
A highly determined woman, Rivera was admired by millions for her strength, determination and candor. She sold more than 20 million records worldwide and was awarded 22 Billboard Latin Music Awards, 11 Billboard Mexican MusicÂ Awards and two Billboard Music Awards throughout her career. Her life was cut short in a tragic plane crash on December 9, 2012.
Mariposa de Barrio premieres this evening on Telemundo at 8pm. For more information please visitÂ http://www.telemundo.com/novelas/mariposa-de-barrio.