The ‘Queen of the South' is finally here

The Queen [of the South] will soon make it to TV screens countrywide.

Alice Braga, who will be playing Teresa Mendoza in the upcoming series, The Queen of the South, recently showed up to a red carpet event at the Regal South Beach Cinema, for the opening night of the Hispanicize Film Showcase and for the premier of the show.

Mendoza is a Mexican woman who is on the run after her drug-dealing boyfriend is murdered in Mexico.

“I think it’s beautiful to have a story with so many Latin actors involved,” said Braga, who watched the premier of the USA Network series, along some of her cast mates: Veronica Falcon, Justina Machado, Peter Gadiot and Jon Ecker.  “That is something that I think is very important nowadays for us to have so many Hispanics who live in the U.S., and just to be part of a show like this is very special.”

The Queen of the South is based on the novel “La Reina Del Sur” written by Arturo Pérez-Reverte. It inspired the Telemundo miniseries, also called “La Reina Del Sur,” where actress Kate del Castillo played the role of Mendoza, a valiant woman from a poor town in Mexico who falls in love with El Guero, a bad boy heartthrob – played by Jon Ecker in “The Queen of the South” – and slowly follows him into the world of the Mexican drug cartels, where she eventually becomes the most powerful woman of her field.

“The writers decided to do a completely different journey than the book and the telenovela,” said Braga. “The journey that I go through [as Mendoza] is different than the book, so the character has some changes that are different, but I tried to use the core of the book; the woman and the human being that she is. That’s the woman that I tried to portray.”

The screening was followed with a panel, where the actors had one-on-one interaction with the audience, answering questions about the series and the depiction of drugs and Latinos in the United States.

“The Queen of the South” will be airing June 23 at 9 p.m. on USA Network.