Latin Lover (telenovela)
|Country of origin||Peru|
|Original language(s)||Spanish, English (dubbed)|
|No. of episodes||62|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Original network||Playboy TV Latin America|
|Original release||2001 – 2002|
Latin Lover is a joint telenovela production between Venevisión (Venezuela), Iguana Producciones (Peru), and Playboy Entertainment Group (United States). It centers around the production of a fictional telenovela (a novela-within-the-novela, also translated as "Latin Lover"), and follows the lives (mainly the sex lives) of the actors and production staff involved in the show, as well as other tangential characters. The show features a large main cast of at least 23 credited performers.
As of July 6, 2008, Latin Lover is broadcast in Canada by Telelatino, dubbed into English. A new series called Latin Lover 2: Beauty & Ambition (Bellas y ambiciosas) premiered on Telelatino Network in Spring 2009.
The plot generally revolves around the character Rafael Carballo, the director of the "Latin Lover" novela. Rafael is portrayed as an attractive man whom women often find difficult to resist. He is often equally incapable of declining the sexual advances of the scheming, seductive women involved in the novela and the production company behind it. This often gets him into trouble; particularly with his longtime girlfriend Viviana - daughter of Mariana and Samuel Ventura Moreira. Samuel is the powerful owner of Canal Internacional, which produces the novela. Samuel also has an affair with Bárbara - a seductress who is secretly after Samuel's position, and devises many plots to further that goal.
A major story arc early in the series is Rafael's search for the actress that will star in the novela. Several actresses fight over the role, including Renata and Valeria. However, an unexpected candidate emerges in Claudia Fuentes, a waitress whose aunt prepares lunch at the novela's studio. Claudia does not even want the job; she is in love with Omar, a mechanic, but finds that he is too controlling for her.
After a video of Rafael sleeping with Renata is leaked to the press, Viviana leaves him, and he is forced to resign from the novela. Viviana decides to begin working for the station herself, in preparation for taking over from her father. Bárbara is also reinstated at Canal, and after offering the job to Silvana, who threatens to organize a strike if Rafael isn't reinstated, she decides to direct the novela herself. However, after Bárbara is caught sleeping with an actor on the set, Viviana puts her personal problems aside and suggests her father rehire Rafael.
Meanwhile, Samuel ends his affair with Bárbara after he meets Débora Bacigallupo - a young actress whose controlling mother forces her to seduce Samuel in order to gain a role in the novela. Samuel falls in love with her and pursues her affections; but she instead has feelings for Fabian, a stuntman-turned-actor. An unknown assailant begins stalking, kidnapping, and raping the novela's actresses.
|Riccardo Dalmacci||Samuel Ventura Moreira||Owner of Canal Internacional|
|Andrea Montenegro||Claudia Fuentes||Actress (plays Azucena) in Latin Lover novela|
|Juan Carlos Salazar||Rafael Carballo||Director of Latin Lover novela|
|Paola Martínez||Bárbara Mongrut||Head of production for Canal Internacional|
|Fernando Gaviria||Gabriel||Film set handyman|
|Natalia Villaveces||Débora Bacigalupo||Actress (plays Tanya) in Latin Lover novela|
|Mónica Domínguez||Jacqueline Robinson||Debora's mother|
|Milene Vásquez||Annie||Wardrobe coordinator for Latin Lover novela|
|Cecilia Brozovich||Renata||Actress (plays Deliah) in Latin Lover novela|
|Rebecca Scribens||Silvana||Production staff of Latin Lover novela|
|Enrique Villa||Aldo||Cameraman for Latin Lover novela|
|Jean Pierre Vismara||Omar||Mechanic and Claudia's on/off boyfriend|
|Martin Flor||Tony||Actor in Latin Lover novela|
|Omar Avila||Fabián||Stuntman/actor (plays Bernie) in Latin Lover novela|
|Liliana Mas||Viviana||Daughter of Mariana and Samuel, girlfriend/fiancé of Rafael|
|Silvia Caballero||Valeria Ravilla||Actress (plays Laura) in Latin Lover novela|
|Malu Costa||Lalita||Actress in Latin Lover novela|
|Fabiana Jenichen||Aaron Rowan/Fernando Rolaries|
|Liliana Jenichen||Lucinda||Samuel's secretary|
|Characters for whom it is unknown which actor portrays them|
|David||An associate of Samuel at Canal Internacional|
|Elise||Makeup artist for Latin Lover novela|
- Based on the credits of a sample episode.