Amigas y rivales

Amigas y rivales
Amigas y Rivales Logo
Genre Telenovela
Created by Emilio Larrosa
Written by Alejandro Pohlenz
Directed by Salvador Garcini
José Ángel García
Starring Michelle Vieth
Ludwika Paleta
Angélica Vale
Adamari López
Joana Benedek
Opening theme Amigas y rivales by Kabah
Country of origin Mexico
Original language(s) Spanish
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 185
Executive producer(s) Emilio Larrosa
Producer(s) Arturo Pedraza Loera
Location(s) Filming
Televisa San Ángel
Mexico City, Mexico
Cinematography Alfredo Tappan
Luis Monroy
Editor(s) Adrián Frutos
Marco Antonio Rocha
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 42-45 minutes
Production company(s) Televisa
Distributor Televisa
Original network Canal de las Estrellas
Picture format 480i SDTV
Audio format Dolby Digital 5.1
Original release February 26 – November 9, 2001
Preceded by Primer amor, a mil por hora
Followed by El juego de la vida
Related shows Amigas & Rivais (2007)

Amigas y rivales (English title: Friends and rivals) is a Mexican juvenile telenovela produced by Emilio Larrosa for Televisa in 2001.[1]

On 26 February 2001, Canal de las Estrellas started broadcasting Amigas y rivales weekdays at 7:00pm, replacing Primer amor, a mil por hora. The last episode was broadcast on 9 November 2001 with El juego de la vida replacing it the following day.

Ludwika Paleta, Michelle Vieth, Angélica Vale, Adamari Lopez, Arath de la Torre, Gabriel Soto, Rodrigo Vidal and Johnny Lozada starred as protagonists, while Joana Benedek and Susana González starred as antagonists. Eric del Castillo, Chela Castro and Rafael Inclán starred as stellar performances.


Amigas y Rivales tells the story of four women from different social backgrounds. The first is Laura, a studious, sensitive, serious girl from a middle-class family; she studies data processing in a private university because she received a scholarship.

Jimena is the typical rich girl, dissipated and irresponsible, for whom sex is just another amusement. At one point she is kidnapped although she doesn't realize it. She lives with Sebastian, a drug dealer who gives her drugs in exchange for her having sex with men in his home. Ofelia is Jimena's best friend. Like Jimena, she is rich and lives for pleasure and fun...until she gets infected with HIV.

The fourth protagonist is Nayeli, who has a humble background and works as a maid in Jimena's home. Nayeli dreams of being a Hollywood actress like her idol, Salma Hayek; this dream takes her to the United States illegally and leads to a bad experience.

She meets boxer Johnny Trinidad who falls in love with her, then falls for a popular soap star whose sister is being kidnapped by Roxana and Sebastian. Then she finds out Johnny was in love with Jimena while he was living in a Mexico City gym. Laura's emotions are divided between Beto and his father, Don Roberto de la O, who hired Laura to instruct his firm in how to use their new computers.

Don Roberto becomes determined to attract Laura, who unconsciously compares him with her own father, a man of weak character. Laura and Don Roberto date briefly; their relationship ends when Laura's mother lies to Don Roberto, telling him she's his daughter.

Later Laura discovers that he isn't, and that she was the result of a one-night stand. Her parents separate. She resumes dating Don Roberto until she realizes, weeks later, that she isn't in love with him after all. She is caught kissing his son Beto (Roberto).

When Don Roberto discovers, thanks to Roxana's deceitful efforts to keep him, that Laura loves Beto, he suffers a stroke. Roxana, Don Roberto's second wife, is extremely beautiful but hiding an unscrupulous criminal soul under the mask of an ideal wife. Her real name is Carolina.

She attempted to kill her own father, Tomas, for which he sent her to an asylum, but she escaped and established the new identity of Roxana. She poisoned Don Roberto's first wife so he'd be free to marry her, but secretly desired her new stepson Beto and killed his fiancée so she would have a chance with him.

They did become romantically involved, but Beto has realized how much he loves Laura and is trying to end his relationship with Roxana, which angers her. Roxana teams up with Sebastian to take revenge on the friends. She goes to jail but manages to escape.

Georgina sleeps with Sebastian and gets pregnant but she later shoots and kills him. After having been unwilling to live, Ofelia chooses to fight for her life. Roberto proposes to Laura. Jimena sheds her bad habits, and Nayeli manages to carry on a successful acting career.

At the friends' graduation party, Roxana appears with a group of armed men planning to take revenge on Jimena, Nayeli, Ofelia, and Georgina. Laura is absent because she felt sick. Roxana mentions killing Roberto's first wife, Monica Angela. Joaquin is accidentally killed.

Pepe is shot in the arm. Carlota reveals that Beto and Roxana are half-siblings, as Padre Tomas is the father of both of them. Roxana wants to throw sulfuric acid on Jimena's face but Nayeli and Tamara hold her and Nayeli manages to make Roxana pour the acid on her own face. The police arrive and detain Roxana, and she ends in an asylum with a disfigured face.


  • Michelle Vieth as Laura González Uribe
  • Ludwika Paleta as Jimena de la O Terán
  • Angélica Vale as Wendy Nayeli Pérez
  • Adamari López as Ofelia Villada Ruvalcabal
  • Joana Benedek as Roxana Brito de de la O/Carolina Vallejo
  • Arath de la Torre as Roberto "Robertito" de la O Terán
  • Rodrigo Vidal as Armando del Valle
  • Johnny Lozada as Johnny Trinidad
  • Gabriel Soto as Ulises Barrientos "El Feo"
  • Alejandro Ávila as Sebastián Morales
  • Manuela Ímaz as Tamara de la Colina
  • Eric del Castillo as Don Roberto de la O
  • Rafael Inclán as Ramón "Moncho"/Jacaránda/Manuel de la Colina
  • Susana González as Ángela Riveira
  • Chela Castro as Carlota Olmedo
  • Eugenio Cobo as Pedro González
  • Alicia Fahr as Alma Uribe de González
  • Marisol Mijares as Andrea González Uribe
  • Mayrín Villanueva as Georgina Sánchez
  • René Strickler as Carlos Torreblanca
  • Eduardo Santamarina as José "Pepe" Alcántara
  • Ernesto Laguardia as Himself
  • Nailea Norvind as Paula Morell
  • Felicia Mercado as Sonia Villalobos Vda. de Torreblanca
  • Imperio Vargas as Yolanda
  • Zoila Quiñones as Adelaida
  • Irina Areu as La Güera
  • Marina Marín as Amada
  • Luis Roberto Guzmán as Francisco "Frank"
  • Carlos Miguel as Guillermo Morales "El Chacal"
  • Sergio deFassio as Chema
  • Sergio Acosta as Gardenia
  • Ricardo Silva as Joaquin Dorantes
  • Elías Chiprout as Luis Santoscoy
  • Edgar Ponce as Ricardo
  • Benjamín Rivero as Eduardo
  • Rudy Casanova as Antonio "Tony"
  • Ana Liz Rivera as Marilú
  • Claudia Troyo as Mónica
  • Salim Rubiales as Germán de la Colina
  • Ramón Valdés Urtiz as Rodrigo
  • Paulo César Quevedo as Edgar Romero
  • Martha Julia as Margarita Reyes Retana
  • Luis Couturier as Emilio Larrosa
  • Damián Mendiola as Abelardo
  • Alejandro de la Madrid as Rolando
  • Silvia Suárez as Leonora
  • Miguel Palmer as Alberto
  • Arsenio Campos as Father Tomás Vallejo
  • Rosángela Balbó as Magdalena de Morell
  • Maki as Alejandra del Valle
  • Patricia Ramírez as Natalia Solís
  • Shirley as Julieta
  • Maricruz Nájera as Camelia
  • Alejandra Gollas as Jessica
  • Christina Pastor as Irene
  • Claudio Sorel as Lorenzo Riveira
  • Juan Romanca as Pascual
  • Mariana Rivera as Juanita
  • Abril Campillo as Susana
  • Rodrigo Ruiz as Father Emiliano
  • Krystian Mohzo Díaz as "El Mosh"
  • Elizabeth Álvarez as Rocío del Toro
  • Bibelot Mansur as Stephany
  • Guillermo Capetillo as Esteban
  • Kelchie Arizmendi as Gisela
  • Joemy Blanco as Rebeca
  • Jorge Veytía as Miguel
  • Eduardo Cuervo as Óscar
  • Vanessa Arias as Isabel
  • Julio Becker as Javier
  • Pablo Osuna as Octavio
  • Lorena Velázquez as Itzel de la Colina
  • Fabián Fuentes as Brian Pérez
  • Karen Sandoval as Gemma Pérez
  • Ángel Claude as Jonathan Pérez
  • María Luisa Coronel as Johnny's mother
  • Ana Hally as Josefina
  • Joana Brito as Mother Superior
  • Alejandro Calva as Jorge
  • Enrique Hidalgo as Enrique "Quique" Montegarza
  • Alondra Torres as Jennifer
  • Itatí Cantoral as Eduviges
  • Maribel Guardia as Herself
  • Sergio Sendel as Himself
  • Andrea Legarreta as Herself
  • Martha Carrillo as Herself
  • Salvador Garcini as Himself
  • José Ángel García as Himself
  • Amelia Zapata as "La Cara Cortada"
  • Arturo Lorca as Julio
  • Benjamín Islas as Comandante
  • José Luis Reséndez as Juan
  • Gustavo Negrete as Doctor
  • Jorge Robles as "El Chino"
  • Juan ángel Esparza as Francisco
  • Néstor Leoncio as Alfredo
  • Marco Muñoz as Investigator
  • Raúl Macías as Kid Dinamita
  • Roberto "Flaco" Guzmán as Jimmy
  • Roberto Tello as Silvio
  • Rocío Yaber as Francisco's mother
  • Sylvia Valdés as Martha
  • Roger Cudney as Mr. Jones
  • Rubén Morales as Ofelia's father
  • Tania Prado as Lorena
  • Alexandra Graña as Daniela
  • Jan as Julio


# Title Performed by Written by
1."Amigas y Rivales"Kabah Anaya, Maria Jose Loyola; Knupegelmacher, Kaniela Magun; Tapia, Hector Fernando Quijano; Tapia, Janine Patricia Quijano
2."Entre Amigas"Jackson, Amaury
Jackson, Amaury Lopez; Johnny Lozada
3."Vuelvo a Intentar"Angélica Vale Hartman, Angelica Maria Vale
4."No Sabes Cuanto"Alex SirventBarton, Alejandro Sirvent
5."Amigales y Rivales"Alex SirventBarton, Alejandro Sirvent; Ruelas, Raul Cortes
6."Que Paso"Johnny LozadaCorrea, Johnny Loazada
7."Vuelvo a Intentar (Version Merengue)"Angélica ValeHartman, Angelica Maria Vale; Luis Reynoso Gongora
8."Ellas"Sirvent, BartonBarton, Alejandro Sirvent
9."Amigas y Rivales"Angélica ValeHartman, Angelica Maria Vale; Luis Reynoso Gongora
10. "Al Ataque Feo"Gabriel SotoBarton, Alejandro Sirvent


Year Award Category Nominee Result
200220th TVyNovelas AwardsBest Antagonist ActressJoana BenedekNominated
Best Leading ActorEric del CastilloWon
Best Female RevelationAngélica ValeNominated
Best Male RevelationGabriel SotoWon
Premios Los Favoritos of 2002Best TelenovelaEmilio LarrosaNominated
Best ActorArath de la Torre
Best Antagonist Actress Joana Benedek
Best Young Lead Actress Angélica Vale
Ludwika PaletaWon
Best Young Lead ActorGabriel Soto
Johnny LozadaNominated
Eduardo Santamarina
Best Female StarringSusana González
Best Male StarringEric del Castillo


  1. "Amigas y rivales" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on April 2, 2003. Retrieved May 7, 2016.

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