Behind the Scenes of Telemundo Studios

Telemundo invited us into their studios to check out where they film some of their telenovelas.

The first set we visited was for a telenovela that is still in production called, “Mi Corazón Insiste.” The lead male actor is JenCarlos Canela. (I honestly thought he was only a singer, but apparently he’s an actor, too.)

Okay, here is another happy accident. (The first one was when my hair was styled like Paula del Monte’s in the poster behind me.) … Before I went to Miami, my friends at Surropa.com gifted me a T-shirt to wear for my trip. I chose one that said “Mi corazón” on it – partly because I loved the design and partly because I hoped to be wearing it if I met Espinoza. (He says “corazón” a lot in his songs. It’s like his “thing” …)

So anyway, I’m posing on the set of this telenovela and I say, “Which telenovela is being filmed here again?” and they tell me, “Mi Corazón Insiste.” – Muy raro, no?

Here are a couple photos of the set of Mi Corazón Insiste:


(This, we were told, is where a scene was just shot of a maid who was searching for something… Looks like it’s supposed to be an attic, don’t you think?)


(This is the fancy living room where I had my picture taken.)

Next we checked out where they keep props. It looked sort of like a well-organized thrift store. All the items on the shelves had bar codes and were catalogued – this is so they can be re-used. When they are setting up for a new telenovela they can see what they have in the catalog as far as lamps, for example, and choose one they already have, or make plans to go acquire one if they don’t already have something that fits what they’re looking for. (Wouldn’t “prop shopper” be an awesome job?)… My favorite fact I learned during the tour was that each year about 10% of the less popular props are donated to charity.

After props department, we visited the set of Aurora where they were rehearsing a scene for one of the final episodes. I wasn’t allowed to take photos or film, and we were supposed to be very quiet. It was difficult to be quiet for me though because one of the actors looked kind of funny due to his er… costume … I don’t think I’m allowed to give details… but a few of us were giggling and got shushed. Oops. I think that third graders on a field trip may have done a better job of being quiet than some of us blogueras. We were about 10 feet away from actor Eugenio Siller too which didn’t help some who were slightly smitten…(Good looking pero a mi me gustan los morenos.) The way they rehearse is really interesting. There was a woman there holding the script and she would feed each actor their lines. (Another cool job!)

(By the way, remind me to tell you what was so funny after the episode airs.)

Next we visited a room which I call “the editing room” because I don’t remember what it’s officially called.

Here is where they… edit…video?… I think he was putting together a promo for La Reina del Sur.

Last visit was to what I call the “music room” … again, because I don’t know what it’s really called. I do remember that this guy’s name is Joaquín and he is the one who adds music to the telenovelas. (Everyone say “Hello Joaquín!”) … Joaquín is also a musician, so when he can’t find exactly what he wants, he creates music on his own.

The question I asked Joaquín was, “Do you ever put suspenseful music in a telenovela at a point where nothing is really going to happen, just to mess with the audience?” — He said, “Yes. In Spanish, it’s called ‘suspenso falso’.” (English translation = False suspense – I’m sure even the non-bilingual peeps got that one, right? Gotta love cognates.)

Besides all this fun, Telemundo also took us to dinner. One night we went to a restaurant called “Cecconi’s” – which is much fancier than I’m used to. It was really beautiful, the waiters were attentive, the company couldn’t be beat, and (though I will seem very naca for saying this), the food was really good even if I didn’t know exactly what I was eating some of the time.

Disclosure: I went to Telemundo Studios and Cecconi’s at the invitation of Telemundo. The “Mi Corazón” shirt was gifted to me by Surropa.com. All opinions are my own.

Posted on May 4, 2011, in celebrity, food/drink, humor, Language, música, style, travel, TV/movie and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. Ah! You’re so lucky! Great job!! FYI: You make your readers proud chica!

  2. You look so pretty Tracy in all the pictures. :)
    It is cool to see the behind the scenes and even when they were acting! Que chévere! I enjoyed your recap and the “Mi Corazón” thing was amazing!!

    • Tracy López

      Isn’t the “Mi Corazón” thing super crazy? I’ve been having a lot of coincidences lately. Wonder what it means.

      Thanks for your comment :)

  3. Super Chévere!!! And I love your shirt by the way!

  4. You should do this permanently Amiga! You´re great at telling las anécdotas and make them really fun. I feel like I was right there with ya giggling, tee hee!!!
    Loved it!

  5. TE VEZ BONITA AMIGA!!! jajajaja omg y los heredos…osea helllloooo naka…why didnt you sneak in to meet them??? lol i just got addicted to la reina del sur….love the song too!

    • Tracy López

      jajaja… How can I sneak in to meet them? They’re filming in Colombia! Want to help me steal a plane? LOL. I’ll let you pick one of the hermanos as long as you leave Juan for me. I’ve decided FINALLY that he’s my favorite.

  6. Tracy, I love the coincidence with the T-shirt..totally cool. And your pictures are great….next thing you know you will be an extra in a novela.:)

    • Tracy López

      From your mouth to God’s ears, Blanca. How super cool would that be? LOL. I don’t have any acting aspirations but I can’t imagine how much fun that would be.

  7. They do trips to there? Honestly my dream is to visit telemundo studios :( you’re very lucky

    • Hi, I’m not sure if they do regular tours for the public – I was invited as a blogger. It was a really cool experience – I hope you’re able to go some day. Best of luck!

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