|Other Uglies shows that were possibly inspired by Colombia's Betty|
|Mexico's "El Amor no es como lo pintan" ("Love is Not as They Paint It"), which aired in 2000, was technically not a remake of "Yo soy Betty, la fea," but was clearly inspired by it.|
This 165-episode novela told the story of Alicia Ramírez Campos (Vanessa Acosta, wearing bushy eyebrows and a prosthetic nose), an intelligent but ugly girl who managed to get a job in a prestigious advertising agency, Segovia y Segovia, where she met the love of her life, César Segovia (Héctor Soberón). Unbeknownst to Alicia, she had been carrying on an online flirtation with César, but in that context she knew him by his screen name, "el cinéfilo." César was an aspiring film director, but so far all of his cinematic projects (for which he used the pseudonym Felipe Sabatié) were failures. César's father, Rolando Segovia (José 'Pepe' Loza), considered César's artistic aspirations to be a caprice, so he forced his son to return to the family business. In the past, César had shown some talent for creating commercials, so Rolando wanted him to focus his energy on something that he was already good at, which could also benefit the agency.
Rolando had an instant rapport with Alicia, so Alberto (Victor González), Rolando's other son, resented Alicia's presence at the agency because he felt that she had displaced him in Rolando's heart. Alicia also had to contend with César's ex-fiancée, Marisela Aguilera (Betty Monroe), who reentered César's life so she could try to win him back. Coincidentally, Marisela was also a former classmate of Alicia's at the university.
|Alicia lived with her father, Gerardo (Arturo Beristáin), her grandmother, María Elena (Rosenda Monteros), and her little brother, Juanito (Manuel Francisco). Alicia and her best friends, Cynthia Rico (Vanessa Villela) and Alma Alvarado (Kenya Mori), formed their own distaff version of the Three Musketeers. At the agency, Rolando began to rely solely on Alicia. Shortly after Rolando succumbed to pancreatic cancer, the members of the Segovia family were shocked to learn that Rolando had named Alicia as the executor of his estate. Dunia Angélica Sabatié de Segovia (Gina Romand), Rolando's widow, told her sons that one of them would have to marry Alicia to protect their interests. Alicia went to live in the Miranda family's mansion and César, Albert, and their cousin Jorge (Aarón Beas) made a bet to see who could capture Alicia's heart.|
Alicia was surprised when the three Miranda men start vying for her attention. Since she had always harbored a crush on César, he had no difficulty in seducing her and convincing her to marry him. Eventually, Alicia discovered the real reason why César began courting her, so she quit her job and went into hiding. After Alicia's departure, members of the Miranda family began to miss her warmth and kindness, but particularly they felt the loss of her business intelligence, because the agency began to have difficulties soon after she quit. Alicia began to regain her spirits and she found success with her own market research company. César soon realized that he actually had fallen in love with Alicia, so he decided to search for her so he could beg her to forgive him. When César finally found Alicia, he discovered that she was carrying his child, but she refused to reconcile with him. By this time, Alicia was being wooed by a wealthy businessman named Alfredo Mendizábal. After Alicia gave birth to their son, and after much persistence on César's part, he was eventually able to convince her of his sincerity and she finally forgave him.
Some people use the facts that the storyline was too different from "Yo soy Betty, la fea" and the characters were not one-to-one matches between the two novelas as proof that this series could not be a remake of the Colombian original, but if that were the case then one would have to say the same thing about "Ugly Betty" and "Bela, a Feia," each of which had just as many differences. In truth, the main thing that keeps it from being considered an official remake or reworking of "Yo soy Betty, la fea" is that it was definitely not authorized or advertised as such. TV Azteca, the Mexican company that produced "El Amor no es como lo pintan," did not buy the rights to adapt "Yo soy Betty, la fea" from Colombia's RCN Television, the copyright holder for "Yo soy Betty, la fea."
|Portugal's "Tudo por Amor" ("All For Love"), which aired in 2002, was the first remake of "El Amor no es como lo pintan," so as such it was not an official adaptation of "Yo soy Betty, la fea".|
Alice Tavares (Sofia Duarte Silva) was a young woman who lived with her father Carlos (Guilherme Filipe), her grandmother Helena (Irene Cruz), and her brother João (Ricardo Raposo). Despite her intelligence and goodness, Alice had been discriminated against because of her appearance. Alice fell for Filipe Sabatié (Diogo Morgado), a young film director with whom she'd had an online correspondence. When Alice began working for the Castelo Branco advertising agency, she became friends with Vasco (Luis Alberto), the president of the company, who admired Alice's abilities and her attitudes about work and life in general.
It turned out that Filipe was actually Pedro Castelo Branco, Vasco's son. Pedro's wealthy family funded his cinematic projects, even though they'd all been critical and financial failures. Vasco was displeased by the prodigal life Pedro had been living, so he compelled him to work at the agency. Alice's best friends were Paula Sousa Rico (Cláudia Oliveira) and Joana Morais (Catarina Mil Homens). Eventually, Vasco came to rely on Alice, not only as a skilled employee, but as a loyal friend.
One major difference between "Tudo por Amor" and "El Amor no es como lo pintan" is that Alice eventually discovered the existence of her twin sister, Margarida, who was Alice's polar opposite in almost every way.
|Israel's "Esti Ha'mechoeret" ("Ugly Esti") aired for three seasons, beginning in 2003, and starred Riki Blich as Esti Ben-David and Leon Rosenberg as Omer Rosenthal. Many sources on the Internet have listed this series as one of the many adaptations of Colombia's "Yo soy Betty, la fea," but it was actually another version of Mexico's "El Amor no es como lo pintan."|
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|Israel's "Elvis, Rosental, VeHaIsha Hamistorit" ("Elvis, Rosenthal, and the Mystery Woman") was a spin-off from "Esti Ha'mechoeret" that began in 2005. This series was created after the producers were threatened with a copyright lawsuit by RCN, the company that created "Yo soy Betty, la fea" in Colombia. In this sequel, Esti's real mother, Le'a Avshalom, returned to make trouble for Esti's father, Elvis, and accompanying her was the "mystery woman" of the show's title. This woman was, in fact, not a woman at all, but was actually Le'a's son, Yonatan (Dan Shapira), a brother that Esti hadn't even known existed. After being arrested for taking part in a drug deal, Yonatan had escaped from prison, disguised himself as a woman named Hani, took on yet another identity (aka, Tomer), and helped his mother to conspire against Elvis and Dov Schlein, a shady attorney, even though Yonatan had fallen in love with Schlein's daughter, Idit.|
|Russia's "Любовь - не то, что кажется"|
("Lyubovne to, chto kazhetsya"; "LoveNot What it Seems"), which debuted on May 12, 2009, was another remake of Mexico's "El Amor no es como lo pintan". This 40-episode adaptation, which was produced by Russian World Studios (RWS) and aired on the CTC (Set Televizionni Stantsii, Network Television Stations) network, was clearly developed in order to capitalize on the popularity of the network's 2005 hit, "Ne Rodis Krasivoy", just as "El Amor no es como lo pintan" jumped on the "ugly" bandwagon after the huge success of Colombia's "Yo soy Betty, la fea". One of the producers of "Lyubov" was Sergei Pikalov, who just so happened to be one of the directors of "Ne Rodis Krasivoy", and he was also the husband of "Ne Rodis Krasivoy" star Nelli Uvarova.
|"Lyubov" starred Darya Ivanova as Alisa Malyshkina and Pavel Barshak as Artyom Kniazev. Alisa went to work at the Kniazev Dvor advertising agency, which was owned by Artyom's father. What the two didn't know was that they had been carrying on an online flirtation using the screen names "Kinoman" (Film Fan) and "Dyuymovochka" (Thumbelina). Eventually, Kinoman wanted to meet Dyuymovochka, but Alisa was afraid to allow him to see her in person because of her weight.*|
* In "El Amor no es como lo pintan", Alicia's main problems were bad hair, bad clothes, bushy eyebrows, and a big nose. In "Tudo por Amor" and "Esti Ha'mechoeret", Alice and Esti had bad hair, bad clothes, bushy eyebrows, glasses, and horrendous teeth. In "Lyubovne to, chto kazhetsya", Alice only had one main problem... she was a little chubby, so she had that in common with the protagonist of "Mi Gorda Bella", an unrelated telenovela from Venezuela (see below). Before production began, producers consulted noted Hollywood special effects wizard Linda Benavente-Notaro about how to add a few more pounds to Darya Ivanova, but the prosthetics would have been too expensive, so they ended up using cheaper means of padding her to add a few dress sizes to her figure.
|Venezuela's "Mi Gorda Bella" ("My Fat Beauty" or "My Beautiful Fatty"), which aired from 2002 to 2003, was not a remake of "Yo soy Betty, la fea" either, but many fans believe that it followed in Betty's footsteps. The series lasted for 178 episodes and was distributed internationally by RCTV International. Valentina Villanueva Lanz (Natalia Streignard) was a tubby, clutzy orphan with a heart of gold, who, during the course of the novela, cleared her dead parents' names, left town, lost a lot of weight, and returned in disguise to nab the man she loved, Orestes Villanueva Mercouri (Juan Pablo Raba), as well as to claim her inheritance.
|India's "Dekho Magar Pyaar Se" ("See her, but with love"), which began in July 2004, was the first international remake of "Mi Gorda Bella". This romantic comedy focused on a full-figured girl named Nikita Sareen (Shweta Agarwal), who was loved by almost everyone who knew her. Young Nikita turned to food for comfort after she was exiled to a boarding school at an early age. Just when it seemed that fate was about to smile on her, tragedy took her mother's life, so Nikki was forced to live under the same roof with her uncle's menacing wife, Devyani (Reena Wadhwa), who tried everything in her power to rob Nikki of her inheritance. Devyani's nephew Karan (Keith Sequeira) was one of the few people in the household to treat Nikki with kindness, but his girlfriend Tanya Bedi did all she could to keep Karan and Nikki apart. It was later revealed that Karan was actually Devyani's illegitimate son, not her brother's son. After Nikki and Karan were married, she had an accident and was presumed dead. Karan was accused of killing her, but what nobody knew at the time was that Nikki had been rescued by nuns and brought to Goa. Nikki then lost weight and adopted a new persona, calling herself Anamika (and now played by Shraddha Nigam). After three years away, during which time she became involved with a man named Arjun (Kushal Punjabi), she returned to get her revenge.
|Malaysia's "ManjaLara", which aired 75 episodes in 2007, was a remake of "Mi Gorda Bella". The program aired Mondays through Thursdays at 6:30pm on TV3. Manja (Emelda Rosmila) was a naive, fat, orphaned, 18-year-old girl who was loved by almost everyone, except for her Aunt Sahara (Sheila Rusly), who resented the fact that Manja was going to inherit her late father's estate. Manja fell in love with her cousin, Eskandar (Jehan Miskin), but she kept her feelings to herself. After a painful period of enduring the torments hurled at her by her aunt and cousin Ariana (Jue Aziz), Manja went away for a few years, during which time she lost weight and gained confidence. During Manja's absence, Eskandar started to miss her and to realize just how much he cared for her. Eventually, Manja returned, but in the guise of Lara, a beautiful and stylish girl with revenge on her mind. Although Emelda Rosmila wore a fat suit to play Manja, she also put on 10kg, which she then had to lose in order to play Lara.
Mexico's "Llena de Amor" ("Full of Love"; aka "Bonita"), which Televisa began airing in Mexico on May 3, 2010, was another remake of Venezuela's "Mi Gorda Bella."
After the death of Marianela's (Ariadne Díaz) mother (Lucía Méndez) in a mysterious helicopter accident, she went to live with her Uncle Emiliano Ruiz y de Teresa (César Evora) and his evil wife Fedra (Azela Robinson). As soon as she moved into the Ruiz y de Teresa mansion, Marianela became a victim of ridicule and humiliation, primarily from Fedra and her daughter Kristel (Maria Elisa Camargo). The only ones to treat Marianela with kindness were her cousins Emanuel (Valentino Lanús
) and Axel (Diego Amozurrutia).
In time, Emanuel and Marianela began to feel a strong attraction to each other. The thought of Emanuel and Marianela being together drove Fedra crazy, so she decided to trick Emanuel into giving Marianela poisoned chocolates. When Marianela learned that the candies Emanuel gave her were tainted, she was deeply hurt and decided to go to Spain, where she met Jorge Jauma (Carlos Gascón). Months later, Marianela returned to Mexico, but in the guise of a slim and glamorous woman named Victoria de la Garza.
Among the other story lines were one involving Emanuel's adoption of a secret identity, that of a costumed avenger named Lirio de Plata (Silver Lily), and his troubled sister Gretel (Cristina Mason) disguised herself as a young man named Manolo.
|Before the novela premiered, a foundation called Elige Estar Bien (Choose to be Well) and Fundación Televisa began a joint public service campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of obesity, citing a list that ranked the world's fattest nations (the U.S.A. topped the list, with Mexico following closely in second place), as well as to encourage sensitivity towards people who are overweight. Members of the castled by Ariadne Díaz, Valentino Lanús, Altair Jarabo, Armando Araiza, César Evora, Laura Flores, and Azel Robinsonjoined the campaign Telenovela con causa (soap opera with a cause) to offer health advice to viewers through radio spots, all supported and advised by the Secretaría de Salud de México (Ministry of Health of Mexico).|
Televisa also produced "La Fea más bella" (Mexico's adaptation of "Yo soy Betty, la fea") and co-produced the adaptations that were made in China ("Chou Nu Wu Di") and Brazil ("Bela, a Feia"), as well as the telenovelita segments on "Ugly Betty" [Note: "Llena de Amor" stars Valentino Lanús and Altair Jarabo both appeared in the fourth and final telenovelita to be shown on "Ugly Betty", entitled "Asesinato por Muerte"].
|South Korea's "Oh Su Jung, Ko Man Su"|
(aka "Get Karl", or "Get Karl! Oh Soo Jung"), which aired 16 episodes in 2007, was supposedly inspired by the popular South Korean film from 2006, Minyeo-neun goerowo (English title, 200 Pounds Beauty), but with a male "ugly" instead of a female. 200 Pounds Beauty, in turn, was based on Suzuki Yumiko's Japanese manga (a serialized comic strip) called Kanna-San, Daiseikou Desu, which had also been made into a movie in Japan in 2008.
In the series, Oh Ji Ho played Go Man Soo (or Ko Man Su), an obese young man who was dumped by his beauty queen fiancée, Oh Soo Jung (played by Uhm Jung Hwa, also spelled Jeong-hwa Eom), just before their April 1, 1999 wedding, right after she learned that he failed his final law school exams. The only reason he'd attended Seoul National University Law School in the first place was to please Soo Jung. In order to study law he had to give up his dream of becoming a professional golfer.
After the breakup, Man Soo contemplated ritual suicide, but then decided to migrate to America, where he lost a lot of weight and became a famous golf pro known as Karl Go. Using his new identity, Man Soo eventually returned to South Korea where he met up with Soo Jung once again. Of course she did not recognize the man whose heart she had broken seven years earlier. By this time Soo Jung was in her mid-thirties and was managing the jewelry store where she'd worked since graduating from school. Since she was still unmarried, Soo Jung began to feel that her matrimonial prospects were evaporating and that she would become an old maid, especially after some of her less attractive female employees had found successful husbands. Unwilling to lower her standards, Soo Jung set her sights on pursuing the handsome and wealthy Karl Go, but her past acts of selfishness, pettiness, and cruelty eventually came back to haunt her.
|The Philippines' "My Big Love" is a movie that was released in February 2008 and starred Sam Milby as Macky Cordova, Kristine Hermosa as Niña, and Toni Gonzaga as Aira Capistrano.|
Macky was a 300-pound chef who had been sending flowers and gifts to the beautiful Niña, the woman of his dreams. Because of his weight, Macky couldn't bring himself to actually meet Niña, so the two only communicated online. When Macky did get the nerve to finally meet Niña, it turned out that his fears were justified because Niña made it clear that she could never get past his appearance.
Niña's personal trainer, Aira, saw how heartbroken Macky was, so she volunteered to help him to lose weight and to gain some confidence in himself. During the time that they spent together, Aira started to fall in love with Macky. The two were separated when Aira had to go to Japan for family reasons, and Macky decided to go away to work on improving himself. They lost touch for a while, during which time Macky lost a lot of weight, returned to Quezon City, and was pursued by Niña, who liked the new Macky much more than the overweight one she'd spent a disastrous date with about two years earlier.
Just as Macky and Niña were celebrating their first anniversary together, Aira returned. Macky soon came to realize just how incompatible he and Niña were, as well as just how much Aira loved him for who he was, even when he was fat. Niña didn't want to lose the gorgeous Macky, but she realized that she couldn't fight the love he obviously felt for Aira, so she did the right thing and let him go. Macky ran to find Aira and the two mutually confessed their love for each other.
|Malaysia's "Emil Emilda", which premiered on TV3 in 2007, seemed to have elements from "Yo soy Betty, la fea", "Mi Gorda Bella", and "El Amor no es como lo pintan", among other Ugly Duckling/Cinderella stories. The program was shown at 10:30pm, Tuesday through Thursday, with a total of 25 episodes.|
Sharifah Amani starred as Emilda, a bespectacled geeky filing clerk who worked at a television station in Kuala Lumpur. Emilda had moved to the big city to become the next Normala Shamsudin, her broadcasting idol. Through her combination of intelligence and diligence, Emilda caught the attention of the station's CEO, Tan Sri Baseera (Jalaluddin Hassan). The CEO soon discovered that his long-lost son, Boboi, who had been missing following a plane crash in Pahang 20 years earlier, had supposedly been sighted. En route to a follow-up regarding information about his son, Tan Sri was killed when his private helicopter crashed. It was then revealed that he had specified in his will that Emilda should be his temporary replacement as CEO until his son and rightful heir could be located.
Emilda was thwarted in her efforts to be successful in her new position by Tan Sri's petty and vain niece, Darleena (Zizie Ezette), who wanted the company's top post for herself. Apparently, in order for Emilda to maintain her position she had to be married, so the company's lawyer, Nazeem (Roy Azman), and Emilda's two gender-confused friends, Mac (Isma Yusoof) and EJ (Noorkhiriah), helped her by finding Emil (Aaron Aziz), who agreed to become Emilda's husband, even though he only thought of the marriage as a paying job with health benefits.
At first, Emil's behavior towards Emilda was demanding and brusque, but eventually his attitude softened and Emilda started to fall in love with her pretend husband. Matters were complicated further by a woman and child with whom Emil would have secret meetings.
Darleena had two accomplices: her mother, Darweena (Hamidah Wahab), and Shasha (Nadia 'Luscious' Aqilah), the office bimbo who dreamt of becoming an actress. The three women tried to sabotage Emilda at every turn. At one point, Shasha was disguised as an Indonesian maid so she could be installed in Emil and Emilda's luxurious loft to spy on them.
|Brazil's "Chocolate com Pimenta" ("Chocolate with Pepper") had a total 209 episodes from September 8, 2003 to May 8, 2004. It aired at 6:00pm on Brazil's top network, Globo. The story of Ana "Aninha" Francisca Mariano da Silva (Mariana Ximenes) and Danilo Rodrigues Albuquerque (Murilo Benício) took place over the course of seven years during the 1920's.|
After Aninha's father was killed she was sent to live with relatives in Ventura. Danilo, the best-looking student in school, started to get close to Aninha, which brought on the wrath of Olga Gonçalves Lima (Priscila Fantin), who wanted Danilo for herself. Despite Aninha's glasses, ugly clothes, and bad hairstyle, Danilo actually fell in love with Aninha and she ended up getting pregnant.
During a big dance Olga orchestrated a devastating humiliation for Aninha in front of all of the other students. She mistakenly believed that Danilo deserted her during her greatest time of need, so although she was having Danilo's baby she accepted a marriage proposal from the kind Ludovico Canto e Mello, who asked her to move to Buenos Aires with him.
Eventually, after Aninha had her baby, Ludovico died and bequeathed to Aninha his majority shares in Ventura's biggest business, a chocolate factory. So after seven years Aninha returned to Ventura to get revenge on those who hurt her. She still believed that Danilo betrayed her all those years earlier, and he believed that she betrayed him by marrying Ludovico, which he presumed was strictly for the money.
|Chile's "Pretendiendo" (aka "Ugly Me") is a movie that was released in October 2006. The sitcom-style plot focused on Amanda (Bárbara Mori), who caught her boyfriend fooling around with her best friend, lost her job, and then decided to move away from Santiago to start a new life in Valparaíso. Hoping to avoid getting amorous attention from men, Amanda disguised herself by putting on a wig, bushy eyebrows, facial blemishes, false teeth, and a fat suit. She began working at an architectural firm where she met Marcelo (Marcelo Mazzarello), a typical lothario whose goal in life was to conquer every beautiful woman he saw. Amanda decided to teach Marcelo a lesson by adopting another persona, that of a man-eater named Helena, who looked just like Amanda's true beautiful self, but was a vengeful manifestation of all her bitterness toward men. By night, "Helena" lured Marcelo, teased him, and played hard to get, while by day, Amanda-la-fea was becoming Marcelo's friend, confidante, and advisor. Amanda's plan went awry when Marcelo started to fall in love with her ugly daytime persona and soon lost interest in her fiery nighttime doppelgänger.|
|Peru and Ecuador's "Los Barriga" began on January 21, 2009 and concluded on July 6, 2009. The novela was a co-production between Frecuencia Latina (Peru) and TC Televisión (Ecuador). The program has a huge success in Ecuador, often attracting about 90% of the viewing audience, but it wasn't nearly as popular in Peru. Production companies in Greece, Israel, Romania, and Hungary purchased the rights to create their own local adaptations. The story has been compared with that of Venezuela's "Mi Gorda Bella." The last name of the protagonist, Barriga, translates as "belly" or "fatty," so the title of the novela is a play on words that means both "The Barrigas" and "The Fatties."|
Teresa "Tere" Barriga (Claudia Berninzon) had a loving family, composed of her parents, Panchita (Amparo Brambilla) and Justino (Ramón García), and her brother Pepito (Renzo Guazzotti). The Barrigas had two honorary family members, Prudencio (Nicolás Fantinato) and Casimiro (Luis Salas), who moved in with them many years earlier. Throughout her life, Tere had always suffered because her classmates always made fun of her weight. She decided to go to Gorditos Anónimos (Fatties Anonymous), where she met her best friends, Patty Orama (Giovanna Castro), Asdrubal, Paco (Antonio Reyes), and Toño Villegas (Arturo Caballero).
|Tere went to work for a company called Ángeles, where she met nice people, like her boss, Mario del Valle (Orlando Fundichely), and new friends Ivonne (Giovanna Andrade), Catalina (Katherine Jiménez), and Pamela (Clelia Francesconi), as well as nasty people like Isabella Lujan (Rebecca Scribens), Carla (Marcela Ruete), and Carlos Alberto Irazábal (Marco Zunino), who had been embezzling money from the company and hoped to find someone to help him to hide his crime from Mario.|
One evening, Tere had a life-changing phone conversation with Francesco Cezanne (Julián Gil) in Italian. They spent hours getting to know each other, but Tere didn't tell Francesco her name. Carlos and Isabella decided to trick Francesco by telling him that Carla was the woman he spoke to on the phone. Tere wanted to tell Francesco the truth, but she was afraid because feared how he would react when he learned that the woman he felt a strong connection to was fat, so she decided to enter a competition called "Pesos Pesados" (Heavyweights) with her friend Toño to try to win a cash prize, as well as to improve her appearance so she could win the love of her life.
|Mexico's "Quiéreme Tonto" ("Love Me, Stupid"), which premiered on TV Azteca on April 19, 2010, focused on the mishaps and misadventures of a feo instead of a fea. The program, a collaboration between TV Azteca and Venezuela's Venevisión Internacional, was initially a remake of a 2003 Peruvian/Venezuelan telenovela called "Bésame Tonto" ("Kiss Me, Fool"), but less than a month after the premiere, on May 10, the novela was moved from its 7:30PM slot to 2:00PM, the title was changed to just "Quiéreme", and the story diverged from that of the original.|
"Quiéreme Tonto" took place in Guanajuato and focused on Guillermo Romeo and Julieta Dorelli, played respectively by one-named singer/actors Yahir and Litzy. Guillermo, also known as Memo, was a law clerk and a "ratón de biblioteca" (bookworm) who never had much luck with women, even though he was involved with his supposed soul-mate, Nayelli (Andrea Escalona). While trying to steal a valuable painting to save his father's life, Memo accidentally abducted Julieta, the woman who would become the love of his life, on her wedding day.
Memo was much more feo than the protagonist of "Bésame Tonto," Romulo Martínez (Segundo Cernadas), who was just somewhat nerdy, with big glasses, greased hair, and plaid shirts. Guillermo's appearance was almost certainly exaggerated to make viewers associate this novela with "Yo soy Betty, la fea" and "La Fea más bella," which were both big hits in Mexico. The novela concluded on September 17, 2010.
In "Bésame Tonto," Romulo tried to help his brother to pay off a debt to the mob by stealing a Picasso from a family named Rossini, but the robbery was interrupted, so Romulo had to make a hasty getaway. After stealing a limousine, Romulo discovered that he had inadvertently abducted Julieta Rossini (Gianella Neyra). To please her father, Julieta had just gone through with an arranged marriage, even though she didn't love her new husband. Julieta wasn't aware that her family was involved in organized crime, nor did she know that she had been adopted. Romulo was accused of kidnapping Julieta, so while he and Julieta were on the run they fell in love. Julieta's father decided to transform himself into a legitimate businessman and he eventually realized that Romulo didn't kidnap Julieta, so he forgave Romulo and came to depend on him in business as well as in family matters.