“Ugly Betty”Premiered 21 years ago and was the telenovela that marked an entire generation from the history of ‘Beatriz Pinzón Solano’. The soap opera was so successful that it had a second part called “Eco moda”, in which the married life of Beatriz and Don Armando and their little girl was related.Camila Mendoza Pinzón‘took a lot of prominence.
To make this story come true, the production team had to organize a lengthy casting process to find the ideal baby for the project. Without a doubt, it was very difficult since the little ones are less likely to follow instructions when recording a scene or to maintain control and order of the filming times.
Failing to find the ideal little girl, actor Julio César Herrera, who played Freddy Stewart, invited his friend Óscar Yepes to take his baby to the casting. Here we tell you what happened.
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THE CASTING OF PAULA YEPES FOR BETTY LA FEA
Paula Yepes It was the little actress who put herself in the shoes of ‘Camila Mendoza Pinzón’. Although the girl did not appear in the original soap opera, she was part of the sequel where she gained attention from the public and more from the actors and the production team, since she was very calm.
The pre-production team for the new telenovela struggled to find a perfect baby for the role of Camila, the couple’s daughter. However, thanks to Julio César Herrera, who played Freddy Stewart in the original production, the problem with the little girl’s casting was solved.
Herrera convinced his friend Óscar Yepes, a stage actor, to take his eight-month-old daughter Paula to the casting of the sequel to Yo Soy Betty, la Fea. But when they arrived at the site there were girls of various ages, her daughter being the youngest, says the girl’s mother, Andrea Pinto, in an interview with the newspaper El Tiempo.
Pinto also noted that during the auditions, the director asked the girls for various instructions to test their skills. “They all danced, jumped, cried, laughed, everything,” said the mother. But given her young age, the only thing Paula could do was stay still in front of the evaluators despite the fact that several tried to make her laugh with toys.
Although Paula’s age did not allow her to follow instructions when acting, she was selected as a finalist. The funny thing is that when she did the final test, the little girl did nothing different and went back to being static. The calm of the girl ended up liking the creative team of Yo Soy Betty, la Fea y Ecomoda, which led to her getting the role.
WHAT HAPPENED TO PAULA YEPES?
Paula Yepes She is now 21 years old and a theater student and plans to return to the environment in which she started her career as just a baby.
The young woman has confessed in various media that, because she was a baby during the filming, to date she does not know Ana Maria Orozco is a Jorge Enrique Abello, who gave life to Betty Y Don Armando in the soap opera.