This is a class blog run by Dr. Carolina Acosta-Alzuru and her students in the course "Telenovelas, Culture and Society" at the University of Georgia during Spring 2011

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Not Everyone in Entertainment is Crazy

In class on Tuesday we skyped Primera Actriz Julie Restifo and the renowned Brazilian director Claudio Callao. At first I was really nervous because I’ve never spoken to anyone in the television industry before and I didn’t know what to expect. My previous impression of celebrities and their personalities stem from the media; for example, crazy Lindsay Lohan or Charlie Sheen.

I found it really neat how easy to talk to both Julie and Claudio were. It was really cool to talk to Julie and Claudio and learn that people that work in the entertainment industry are down-to-earth and easy to talk to. They both had really interesting life experiences to share with us and I'm happy I got to talk with them.

Being able to connect everything that I’ve studied and researched with our conversation Tuesday was really beneficial. I really appreciated all of the inside scoop on the telenovela world that Claudio and Julie shared with the class. Through working on the class assignments (having to watch a whole season of a telenovela) the papers and the presentations, I have really gained a greater appreciation for the telenovela genre.


  1. Although I completely agree with you in that Julie and Claudio were so nice and easygoing during our skype conversations, I'm not totally sure that you can generalize and say that everyone in the television industry is like that. Maybe it's because Americans can sometimes be classified as "workaholics" but I think that people from Latin American countries come off as more warm and welcoming in many situations. They are extremely hard-working, but know when there's a time to relax and enjoy. This is just my personal opinion. Our situation is also skewed because of the fact that the people we are getting the chance to talk to know Dr. A and understand what she does in her research. They are willing to speak with us because of the relationship they have with her, and it is difficult to say whether you could get a similar situation with anyone else whether in the US or in Latin America without a connection like Dr. A's.

  2. I agree with both of you. I have loved skyping with such important women and men in the telenovela industry. It has given our entire class such great insight in the telenovela world. I am so thankful that each person that we have met via skype has been so genuine and sincere. Each of them has such great things to teach us, and I have loved every minute of it!