See Eugenio Siller in Telemundo's "Reina de Corazones." (Uriel Santana/Eugenio Siller Management)
Telemundo Network launches their newest soap opera, “Reina de Corazones,” on Monday, July 7. The show centers around the world of gambling and stars an international cast led by Eugenio Siller, Poala Núñez, Laura Flores and Juan Soler.
“Reyna de Corazones” is full of suspense, action and romance, aiming to delight its audience in America night after night. The soap is set in Las Vegas and dives deep into its gaming subculture, with a love story threatened by intrigue and greed thrown into the mix.
This story is brought to the screen by Telemundo Studios in Miami and is produced by Joshua Mintz and Aurelio Valcarcel Carrol. It was written by Marcela Citterio, Marisa Milanesio and Claudia Morales. “Reina de Corazones” is the first soap to premiere in Mexico since April.
Siller is enthusiastic about his experiences as part of this project thus far.
“I’m very happy with this soap. This will be the first time I portray a truly different character. I’ve been known to portray the ‘nice prince,’ but now I’m doing the opposite through a strong character whose ambition is to exact revenge on the main character,” he says. “He’s somewhat of a villain, who seeks justice on his own terms. The soap also has lots of action, which I hope will help engage the male audience, and also features a very well-balanced story.”
The actor also elaborates on the story from the point of view of his character, whom he describes as both good and evil.
“My character starts off as Nicolás Núñez. He’s a valet driver who’s very happy and a charismatic dreamer completely in love. He falls in love with Reyna Ortiz, who becomes the love of his life. Suddenly, a hit on his life is ordered but fails. He’s then put in jail unjustly due to drugs being planted in his car. While I’m in jail, I come to find out that is was Reyna who plotted against me all along, in order to marry some other man for his money. After being in jail for eight years, I’m released with the condition of being an undercover informant, and I’m given a new identity. I return for revenge, only to find out she has lost her memory, doesn’t recognize me and is now blind,” Siller describes. “I truly enjoy this character because he goes from being very passive and pleasant to more real and human. He represents the demons we all have inside us, and how we’re not all always good.”
The soap takes place in Las Vegas, but only a handful of scenes were actually filmed there. It’s mostly filmed on location throughout various parts of Miami and at several studios, all of which do an excellent job at recreating the infamous “Sin City.”
Siller also talks about the extensive preparation that went into his role.
“For the role, I studied the martial arts my character uses for one month. We have a stuntman for the more dangerous scenes, but I tried my best to do as many scenes myself as I could,” he says. “I also had to learn card games, and it was challenging doing all the tricks. It was all great fun, and you get to learn how to play all those games well, like poker.”
“Reina de Corazones” also stars Catherine Siachoque as the villain, as well as Gabriel Coronel, Henry Zakka and Carlos Ferro.
This is the first time Siller works with renowned Mexican actress Nunez, and he speaks about the great chemistry between them from day one.
“It was incredible. I had never met her before nor had the opportunity to work with her, but I had heard great things. We had a great connection from the get-go,” he says. “She’s very humble to work with and gives you a lot of creative space. She’s also very agile, which was great for the action and fighting scenes. We made a great team, and I feel that will be obvious on screen.”
Siller also talks about how working with actors from different countries has helped his professional growth.
“That’s one of the great things about working with Telemundo. It allows you to work with actors that I would’ve never had the chance to meet had I done this in Mexico,” he explains. “These are very talented people with great careers and long trajectories in their home countries whom people may not know of. Here, I get to know them, share anecdotes and learn from each [of them].”
He specifically mentions his admiration for Flores, with whom he reunited for the project, and speaks about her role and their relationship.
“In the soap, she’s my boss and very high up in the intelligence agency. She’s the one who gets me out of jail and turns me into an agent,” he says. “Imagine sharing the stage with people like her and Juan Soler. I’m learning so much from them, and reuniting with Laura was so great because we’re always on the same page.”
“Reina de Corazones” premieres July 7 on Telemundo at 8 p.m.
Edison Millan contributed to this story.