Here's a short interview that appeared in today's Miami Herald with Maria Conchita Alonso, the star of MyNetworkTV's English-language telenovela Saints & Sinners, which kicks off Wednesday night at 8 p.m. If you're in the Miami area and want to watch the show with Maria Conchita herself, stop by Casa Panza, the Spanish restaurant at 1620 8th St. SW, where they're throwing her a viewing party.
As she says in the interview, Alonso's next project is a film on Venezuela's leftist President Hugo Chavez. Alonso is an outspoken critic of Chavez, who she regards as a communist dictator. Though Alonso is an icon in Caracas -- she was once Miss Venezuela, and got her start on Venezuelan novelas -- most of her family has fled the country.
"This is the second time this has happened to us," says Alonso with an air of gloomy resignation, remembering that her family left Cuba in 1961, when she was a toddler, to escape Fidel Castro. "Maybe I'm bad luck," she sad, laughing. "Last year I was working in Mexico, and it was the same thing with [leftist presidential candidate Manuel] Lopez Obrador. My friends were saying, 'Quit bringing all these communists to Mexico!'"