Whilst meeting with my team for our Youth Consumption presentation, some of my teammates and I realized that our telenovelas had more in comon than just their youthful audience. Alma Pirata and Rebelde way were both created by youth media expert, Cris Morena, television and media producer. Not only that, but they also shared many of the same actors, including supermnodel Luisana Lopilato (Allegra, Mia Colucci) and teenage heartthrob Benjamin Rojas (Cruz, Pablo).
Upon seeing each other's clips that we had prepared for our presentation, we realized that Luisana Lopilato was in both our telenovelas. We proceeded to marvel over her quick development from the oversexed teenager of Rebelde Way (there's no way any of us can forget Mia strutting through the school halls in a sports bra and tights to the sound of her own themesong) to a seductive pirate wench in Alma Pirata. In just three years!!! The shock was even greater for me when I realized that Luisana was also one of the protagonists in Chiquititas, the series I was COMPLETELY obsessed with when i was younger!!! It was very weird for me to think that I had grown up watching telenovelas with the same actress in them and not even know it, and even weirder seeing the speedy development of this actress into the person she is today! Needless to say, I will never look at another innocent episode of Chiquititas the same way again.
PS. Fun Fact: I just found out via my grandmother (she just arrived from Argentina) that Luisana Lopilato and canadian singer Michael Bublé (my mom's favorite musician) got married in Argentina a few days ago. Small world.