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Jacqueline Bracamontes is an authentic “tapatía”. She left her hometown of Guadalajara in the quest for fame and success, first as a beauty queen, and later as an actress and T.V. host. She stared on the famous soap opera “Sortilegio”, with Cuban actor William Levi. She is happily married and is the mother of three girls. Jacky now works to launch a beauty line with her name. She talked to us about her book “La Pasarela de mi Vida,” and she left a message for her adored soccer team Chivas. “We must win El Clausura 2017,” she told them.
This Mexican actress had a rapid ascent in the world of soap operas. Between 2002 and 2009, she gave to the public notable characters such as Maribel in “Rubí”; Miranda in “Heridas de Amor”; Cándida in “Las Tontas no van al Cielo”; and María José in “Sortilegio.” This beautiful actress also starred in three movies, the most recent being “Un Padre no tan Padre,” where she interprets “Alma.” Jacqueline accepted a brief role on the production of “El Bienamado,” aired in the U.S.
After a long career, what is your next professional project?
Jacky: My professional challenge now is the promotion of my book. It took a lot of work and effort to create it. It was one and a half years of work to finally have my baby in my hands. It is called “La Pasarela de mi Vida.” I am focused on that.
Is a crossover one of your professional goals?
JB: At one point, I thought about it and to be honest, I was really interested. Now I am a mother of three girls, and they are my priority. I am housewife now, and it looks complicated. But, if there is an opportunity, I am willing to consider it. Who would say ‘no’ to that? No one, I think. But I’m not going out of my way to search for it. If it comes, great.
Tell us about your experience with the movie “Un Padre no tan Padre”.
JB: This movie really made a mark in my personal and professional life. It was a beautiful project. We were filming in San Miguel de Allende for a month. I was four months pregnant with my third daughter, Renata. I was worried about her showing, because Alma, my character, was not supposed to be pregnant. I am glad Renata didn’t show until the end of the movie. Working with Héctor Bonilla was a great experience. He is a great actor and a great person to work with. I love him dearly.
Jacqueline slew down her work schedule to spend more time with her family. The actress stopped acting in soap operas and she focused on hosting “La Voz” in Mexico. As her daughters grew up, she became a judge for Univision’s beauty pageant “Nuestra Belleza Latina,” and she assumed the conduction of special shows such as the Latin Grammy. During this time, she has also developed some entrepreneurial projects.
We heard you are becoming an entrepreneur, can you tell us what is your business about?
JB: I am developing my entrepreneurial side. I am working with my Korean partners to launch a line of beauty products with my name in Mexico. They will be skin care products. I am also working on a shoe line. These shoes will be made in Leon, Mexico. This is my “100% Mexican” line of products. I thought this would be easier, but it is a long process that requires a lot of attention to details. I need to study a lot, but I am very excited about these projects.
Jacky is the mother of three beautiful girls, born from her marriage to Martín Fuentes, who she married in 2011. Her oldest, Jacqueline, is 4 years old. Carolina, her second daughter, is about to turn three. And the youngest, Renata, was born in July 2016. Jacky and her husband lost a baby boy, Martín, who was a twin to Jacqueline. The baby passed away a few minutes after birth. Jacky talks about this sad episode for the first time on her book.
What type of mother are you? Describe yourself.
JB: I thought I would be a softy as a mom. Maybe I will, when my daughters have boyfriends and their dad is jealous. But at this point, I like to educate them with love, but at the same time, I establish rules and responsibilities. I am very loving with my daughters. I hug and kiss them all day, I tell them that I love them. But when the tantrum begins, I remind them of their routines. Then I become a strict mom.
HER LOVE LIFE
In her book “La Pasarela de mi Vida”, Jacqueline tells her love story with Martín. They dated for eight months before announcing their engagement. Martín, who has no previous relationship to showbusiness, is an extreme sports fan, including car racing. Before meeting her husband, the actress had three relationships, with actor Valentino Lanús, soccer player Francisco ‘Kikín’ Fonseca, and businessman Fernando Schoenwald.
Which decisions you don’t make as a couple?
JB: That question is hard to answer, because at the moment, all decisions are made a couple, regarding my family, my children, and even my job. Due to scheduling, it is not that easy to leave my house and go. Martín motivates me to make decisions regarding my job and my projects. I decide about my professional career. Only when it relates to dates, trips and schedules, then I consult that with him. But I make most of my professional decisions.
What do you love most about your husband Martín Fuentes?
JB: I fell in love with his personality. He is a great man. And I love him even more now that he is a father. He is a great dad. He is very family-oriented. He takes care of his mother. Also, he is the opposite of myself, I am quiet and reserved. He is open, an extrovert. He is extreme and fun. We really complement each other.
Would you ride a race car as his copilot?
JB: ¡Never! I did it once at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez in Mexico City, and I almost had a heart attack. I don’t know how he can like the feeling of adrenaline. I thought he would never use the brakes and I would end up on the wall, and that was the end of my life. I respect and admire what he dies; but I will never get on a race car with him.
THE SPORTS FANATIC
Jacqueline learned to love sports, specially soccer, at home. She is the oldest daughter of former soccer coach of the Chivas Rayadas del Guadalajara, Jesús Bracamontes. Her first job on Mexican T.V. was as a sports commentator at the Adela Micha’s news show. She later worked as a correspondent for Univision at the Korea-Japan soccer World Cup in 2002. The artist can’t hide her passion for her hometown team, that once her father coached.
What message do you want to send to your beloved “Chivas”?
JB: To my “Chivas”, my beloved team, I want to tell you that I am very happy with the progress we have made during the current season, El Clausura 2017. I want us to be champions this time. We must! I remember the last time you were champions. It was in Toluca and I was there, at the stadium. I want you to raise the cup this year once again.
Who do you believe are the best soccer players of all times?
JB: In first place, I must mention Hugo Sánchez. Then, I would say Javier “Chicharito” Hernández. And in my opinion, within the three best must be Benjamín Galindo, a “Chiva” at heart. I have been a fan of Galindo all my life. I remember her awesome penalty kicks.
HER TASTE FOR FASHION
Who is your favorite designer?
JB: Nicolás Felizola knows me best. We have worked together for years and we are also good Friends. I must also say Benito Santos has been great to work with since I met him, through Jimena Navarrete. Nicolás is from Venezuela, works in Miami, and Benito is in Guadalajara. When I am in a hurry, I work with Benito, and if I can go to Miami, I try to work with Nicolás. I have also worn dresses from Alejandro Carlin, another Mexican designer.
Jacky’s beauty secrets
“Even if I am coming home from a wedding at 4 in the morning, I always remove my makeup and wash my face.”
“I apply facial masks once a week. I also use them before a special event. And I always do it at home.”
Visiting the dermatologist
“I visit my dermatologist once a month, to help me take care of my face”.
“I usually apply special treatments to my hair. I take care of my hair at home.”
“For me, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I like to eat delicious food. I like Mexican style eggs, with panela cheese. Or “enfrijoladas”, always with fruit and fresh squeezed juice. When I am in a hurry, I eat cereal and yogurt, because it’s quick. And when I am in Guadalajara, I love to go eat “tortas ahogadas;” huevos rancheros or chilaquiles.
Her Exercise routines
I am not a fan of the gym. I can’t stand weight lifting. I prefer pilates, which is a very complete exercise. I also practice spinning and take dance lessons. I find it more dynamic.”
What she reveals in her book
In her book “La Pasarela de mi Vida,” Jacqueline tells the story of how her husband Martín Fuentes came into her life, after a few failed relationships. She talks about her relationship with actor Valentino Lanús. She also reveals that she had a short romance with William Levi, her co-star in soap opera “Sortilegio.” Her relationship with Levi lasted until she found out he was having another baby with his wife Elizabeth Gutierrez. Levy had told her that he was separated from Elizabeth.