For those in the United States waiting to see William Levy on the small screen again, they will have to wait. This week, his latest telenovela debuted in Mexico on the Televisa Network, El Canal de las Estrellas. His “Fabio” looking appearance makes him look just as hot as ever!
For those who are familiar with Mexico’s finest actors, Televisa’s “La Tempestad” boasts a star power cast. Seasoned actors: Cesar Evora, Daniela Romo, Manuel Ojeda, and Maria Sorte are among them. The novela also introduces new faces, such as the former Miss Universe, Ximena Navarrete.
The producer, Salvador Mejia, had previously insisted that he selected Ms. Navarrete because of the “chemistry” he witnessed during the casting process between her and her co-star, William Levy. A few weeks ago, there were some media reports that there was no sign of that presumed chemistry during the shooting of some romantic scenes in the beautiful Mexican State of Veracruz. This week, with the telenovela finally airing in Mexico, it was evident.
Ms. Navarrete is a very pretty young lady and it seems that the producer of the telenovela was mesmerized by her beauty as well. He passed up other capable and talented actresses who were also vying for the coveted role.
In scenes where Ximena Navarrete had a role, her lack of acting skills not only showed but brought down the entire scene. Her robot-like voice when delivering her lines and lack of emotion in her body language in every scene, is obvious. At times it seemed as though this was a telenovela produced by an inexperienced television network, instead of the highly respected Televisa network.
The story, “La Tempestad”, is a remake of the Columbian telenovela, “La Tormenta”. The framework of the tale includes your typical Cinderella story. The main actress believes that the lady who raised her is her mother but her real mother is a really rich lady who tries to help her, covering up her true identity in the process. The main actress, Ximena Navarrete, falls in love with a rough-edged sailor, played by William Levy, while an overseas lover still loves her and tries to win her heart, etc. The story seems typical.
Yet, for many viewers, the selection of the former Miss Universe was a huge mistake. Viewers will have to stay tuned in the following weeks to see if her acting skills improve during the production of “La Tempestad”. For now, the producer’s choice of a pretty face over many other skilled actresses seems like a really bad blunder.