Following in Hayek's footsteps, Jennifer Lopez announced early in 2009 that she was seeking to import Rebelde Way, a teen focused telenovela from Argentina that spotlights the trials and tribulations of a teen pop band.
While many of the actors and actresses have gone on to achieve great success outside of the telenovela market, there are still many who don't need to move on, having found enough success right where they are.
The telenovelas broadcast out of Brazil are more racy and controversial than Spanish telenovelas and the list of Brazilian telenovela actors includes both stunning beauties and the most macho of men.
The telenovela is held up as a representative of what dredging the Paraguay River would do the region and activists seek to preserve the wetlands rather than dig them out for commercial shipping.
The telenovela Latin Lover takes the concept a step further combining not only the storyline of the actor, director and producers with the storylines of the novela they are creating.
She is the sister of actress Beatriz Castro and telenovela producer José Alberto Castro, and the mother to singer Cristian Castro and filmmaker Michelle Sáinz Castro.
The award-winning telenovela, Betty La Fea, also known as Yo Soy Betty, La Fea, began in 1999 and ran through 2001 on the Colombia network, Radio Cadena Nacional (RCN).
Soap operas in mini-series format, the telenovela is a popular type of show seen by more than two billion viewers in Latin America, Spain and other areas of the world.
For example, at Northern Virginia Community College in Virginia, distance education students rent a Spanish telenovela for each semester of their Spanish classes.
Novela del Mar refers to a trilogy of telenovelas featuring the popular Thalia, the Latin American singing sensation and press dubbed 'Queen of the Telenovela.'