The usurper, before and now: the actors of the soap opera, more than 20 years after Fame

Starring Gabriela Spanic and Fernando Colunga, “”Is a Mexican soap opera that tells the story of Paola Bracho, an ambitious woman who cheats on her husband, and Paulina Hérnandez, her twin sister, who she asks to impersonate her to travel the world with her lover on duty.

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Despite having been released in 1998, the soap opera is well remembered in the region, for the intense drama it featured and for the actors it used throughout its 120 episodes. Of course, Spanic and Colunga, already high at this time, were not the only stars in this series of .

Despite the fact that more than two decades have passed, the faces of the actors are remembered by the public that connected every night to find out about Paola’s next evil. Of course, time has passed by each of them.

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GABRIELA SPANIC

Gabriela Spanic in the role of Paola Bracho (Photo: Televisa)
Gabriela Spanic in the role of Paola Bracho (Photo: Televisa)

she represented Paola Bracho and her twin sister Paulina Martínez. The actress said that to record the scenes, the difficult thing was to leave her Venezuelan accent.

Gabriela Spanic today (Photo: Instagram of Gabriela Spanic)
Gabriela Spanic today (Photo: Instagram of Gabriela Spanic)

The actress continued her career on the small screen, being her last appearance on the small screen in 2014 with the soap opera “Siempre tuya Acapulco” (2014).

FERNANDO COLUNGA

Fernando Colunga playing Carlos Daniel Bracho (Photo: Televisa)
Fernando Colunga playing Carlos Daniel Bracho (Photo: Televisa)

Fernando Colunga was the heartthrob of “La usurpadora”, who aroused sighs in the audience following the soap opera. He was Carlos Daniel Bracho, a man from a wealthy family, whose wife does not love him, in the end he ends up falling in love with his sister-in-law Paulina.

Fernando Colunga today (Photo: Instagram of Fernando Colunga)
Fernando Colunga today (Photo: Instagram of Fernando Colunga)

Today, at 54 years old, Fernando Colunga is one of the most successful actors in Mexico and Latin America. He has an extensive career, in which he has worked in multiple soap operas, series and films, establishing himself as one of the most important Mexican actors.

ARTURO PENICHE

Arturo Peniche in the role of lawyer Serrano (Photo: Televisa)
Arturo Peniche in the role of lawyer Serrano (Photo: Televisa)

Arturo Peniche played the role of the lawyer Edmundo Serrano, defense of Paulina Martínez. He fell in love with his client, to whom he confessed his love.

Arturo Peniche today (Photo: Arturo Peniche's Instagram)
Arturo Peniche today (Photo: Arturo Peniche’s Instagram)

The actor is currently 58 years old and has been married to Gaby Ortiz for 38 years. He has two children, Brandon Peniche and Khiabet Peniche, who have followed in his father’s footsteps in acting.

JUAN PABLO GAMBOA

Juan Pablo Gamboa as Willy (Photo: Televisa)
Juan Pablo Gamboa as Willy (Photo: Televisa)

Colombian actor Juan Pablo Gamboa played Willy Montero on the soap opera. He was the brother-in-law of Carlos Daniel and lover of Paola Bracho.

Juan Pablo Gamboa today (Photo: Instagram of Juan Pablo Gamboa)
Juan Pablo Gamboa today (Photo: Instagram of Juan Pablo Gamboa)

He is currently 53 years old and continued immersed in acting in soap operas such as: “The law of the heart” (2016), “The corner of the devil” (2015), “The black widow” (2014), “Where is Elisa ? ” (2012), etc, and in the series “The end of paradise” (2018), “El Chapo” and “El comandante”, both from 2017.

DOMINIC PALETTE

Dominika Paleta as Gema (Photo: Televisa)
Dominika Paleta as Gema (Photo: Televisa)

Dominika Paleta played the role of Gema Durán Bracho, the cousin of Carlos Daniel, with whom she lived forever in love and tries to seduce her whenever he can.

Dominika Paleta today (Photo: Instagram of Dominika Paleta)
Dominika Paleta today (Photo: Instagram of Dominika Paleta)

The actress is 47 years old. Her last appearances on the small screen were with the “Hotel of secrets” (2016), “Before I died Lichita” (2015-2016), “Forever my love” (2013-2014), “Triumph of love” ( 2010-2011), among others.

MARIO CIMARRO

Mario Cimarro as Luciano (Photo: Televisa)
Mario Cimarro as Luciano (Photo: Televisa)

Mario Cimarro played Luciano Alcántara, one of Paola Bracho’s lovers with whom he travels to Cancun, where he meets Paulina.

Mario Cimarro today (Photo: Instagram of Mario Cimarro)
Mario Cimarro today (Photo: Instagram of Mario Cimarro)

The last participations of the Cuban actor on the small screen were with “Vuelve early” (2016-2017) and “Los herederos del monte” (2011). Currently he is dedicated to writing poems and touring various places with his motorcycle.

SERGIO MIGUEL

Sergio Miguel as Carlitos (Photo: Televisa)
Sergio Miguel as Carlitos (Photo: Televisa)

Sergio Miguel played Carlitos Bracho, the eldest son of Carlos Daniel. He was an innocent boy, who after Paulina’s departure from his house, decides to go after her, but on the way he falls into a ravine and loses his memory.

Sergio Miguel today (Photo: Sergio Miguel's Instagram)
Sergio Miguel today (Photo: Sergio Miguel’s Instagram)

He participated shortly after in soap operas such as “Carita de Ángel” and “Serafín”. Then he walked away from acting.

MARÍA SOLARES

María Solares playing Lisette Bracho (Photo: Televisa)
María Solares playing Lisette Bracho (Photo: Televisa)

María Solares played the role of little Lisette Bracho, the daughter of Carlos Daniel’s first engagement. She was a tender girl and was characterized by her peculiar voice.

Her character in “La usurpadora” was her debut and farewell to soap operas. Later, she followed an ordinary life, next to her parents and sister, far from the artistic medium. As a young woman she graduated with honors as a communicator and currently has a YouTube channel called ‘Yo soy Lisette Bracho’.

María Solares today (Photo: María Solares' Instagram)
María Solares today (Photo: María Solares’ Instagram)

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WHAT HAS BEEN OF THE LIFE OF GABRIELA SPANIC, THE USURPADOR?

Before incarnating Paola Bracho, Gabriela Spanic participated in the Miss Venezuela pageant (in which he was awarded the title of Best Body) and was the protagonist of other novels such as “Como tú nada” and “Mundo de fieras”.

In the midst of many controversies and accusations of assaults, Gaby had her first child in 2008, the result of a turbulent relationship with businessman Neil Perez who, came to deny the child’s paternity.

In 2010, the actress resorted to justice to accuse her personal assistant, María Celeste Fernández Babio, of having tried to poison her. At the same time, she and her sister Daniela have a difficult relationship and rarely appear together.

As for her acting career, Gaby Spanic He spent many years working for Televisa with other soap operas, and extended his career by signing with Telemundo for the production of other TV programs.

So they came “For your love”, “The Intruder”, “Revenge”, “Prisoner”, “Land of passions” and “I am your master”. For 2011, she began working with TV Azteca, starring in “Emperatriz”, “La otra cara del alma” and having a special participation in the soap opera “Always yours Acapulco”.

He is currently doing a theater tour with a comedy called “Divine”, where he joins other international actresses to generate financial aid for the crisis in Venezuela.

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WHAT HAPPENED TO DANIELA SPANIC AFTER “LA USURPADORA”?

, was the double of her sister, but only in some chapters of the soap opera. Their presence was only to facilitate the filming of scenes in which the twins appeared together. In most of the novel, Gabriela was duplicated by computer or by actress María Morena.

Therefore, acting was never exactly the area of ​​Daniela Spanic, who after fiction built a career as a model. At 44, the Venezuelan was also in other soap operas, mainly covering the role of her sister. She participated in “Como tú nada” (1995) and “La doub” (2002).

Unfortunately, Daniela Spanic She suffered a stroke and went into a coma in 2008, when she was pregnant with her first daughter. The model was able to recover and her daughter was born without health problems. Currently, Dani changed her last name Spanic to Nahum, like her husband, businessman Ademar Nahum.

Finally, in 2013 she returned to television for a time, this time as the presenter of the talk show “From the inside with Dani”.

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