William Levy turns 40 without Hollywood and returning to telenovelas with Telemundo

William Levy cumple 40 años sin Hollywood y regresando a las telenovelas de la mano de Telemundo

Levy returns to the small screen with the remake of “Café con Aroma de Mujer”, one of the most beloved telenovelas on Hispanic television

William Levy.

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Cuban artist William Levy This Saturday he turns 40 years disappointed in Hollywood and back to soap operas, the genre that gave him international fame and that made him one of the most sought-after gallants in Latin America and the United States.

“There comes a time when you have to accept things. In Hollywood they are not ready to understand that Latinos do not fit into any box “Levy told Efe at the end of last year, when he launched his first restaurant on the outskirts of Miami, the American city where he arrived as a refugee at age 16.

They told me I was too blond to be Latino, too Latino to be American. Yes, there are more opportunities, but they are for those who have an appearance that responds to existing stereotypes ”, said the artist, who decided to put his dreams of being a world movie star on hold and started as a producer of Latin American films.

The decision was influenced by his arrival at four decades. “There comes a time when you have to decide what you want in life and I realized that I preferred to focus on my own”, added Levy, who explained that his main current professional goal is to do things “in front of and behind the cameras” that enrich the lives of his people.

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For that he put the production company on “William Levy Entertainment”, which already presented the movie “Killing Sarai” -in the same cinema where he took refuge when he had just arrived from Cuba- and is preparing a version of the serial thriller. It is also in pre-production stage of the comedy “The Last Canadian Virgins”.


The last telenovela that William Levy did was “The Tempest” in 2013. The actor had made it clear in multiple statements that although he was “grateful” for such productions, he was not interested in being another leading man.

That, despite the fact that his first artistic steps were in 2003, as a participant in the second season of the reality show “Protagonistas de novela”, on the Telemundo network. After a few minor characters in productions recorded in Miami, Levy became one of Televisa’s “darlings” in Mexico.

Between 2008 and 2011 he starred “Beware of the angel” with Maite Perroni, “Sortilegio” with Jacqueline Bracamontes and “Triumph of love” with Liliana Abud.

“The Single Moms Club”, “Addicted” and “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter” were some of the projects he did in Hollywood.

His return to the genre comes courtesy of a remake of the legendary “Woman-fragranced coffee”, the telenovela that boosted the careers of Colombian Margarita Rosa de Francisco and American Guy Ecker.

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Levy has not commented on the iconic character of Sebastián, although he is expected to travel to Colombia in the coming weeks to begin filming and share posters with Carmen Villalobos and Laura Londoño.


In “Protagonistas de novela” the artist also met the woman who with ups and downs continues to be her partner, the Mexican actress and model Elizabeth Gutierrez, who is the mother of her two children: Christopher, 14, and Kailey, 10.

The four of them moved in at the beginning of the pandemic to the house of their dreams, which they had made especially for them. From time to time he peers into the social platform TikTok doing challenges with his children and shows videos of his life on Instagram.

His fans hope that this Saturday both he and his family and friends will upload images of the celebration to the networks, which pandemic or not, will surely take place.


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