Mexican actress Aracely Arambula will star in the new Telemundo telenovela "La Patrona" (The Boss), to premier Jan. 8, the Hispanic network announced.

The former companion of singer Luis Miguel, with whom she has two children, will share the set with Jorge Luis Pila and the popular Argentine actress Christian Bach.

Arambula will be debuting her first production with the network, after signing an exclusive contract last May to join the Telemundo talent pool.

The telenovela tells the story of Gabriela Suarez, played by Arambula, the only woman working in a mine in San Pedro del Oro, a Mexican village where the miners don't allow a woman in a world dominated by men.

The main character falls in love with Alejandro Beltran (Pila), with whom she has a complicated romance opposed by the mother, Antonia Guerra (Bach), known as "the boss."

Arambula began her acting career in 1995 with a part in the telenovela "Acapulco, Cuerpo y Alma" (Acapulco, Body and Soul), and went on from there with "Cañaveral de Pasiones" (Swamp of Passions), "El Alma No Tiene Color" (The Soul Has No Color), "Soñadoras" (Dreamers), "Rencor Apasionado" (Passionate Resentment), and "Corazon Salvaje" (Wild Heart), among other series.

Also a singer, Arambula in 2002 launched her first disc, "Solo Tuya" (Yours Alone), followed by "Sexy" produced by Abraham Quintanilla III, brother of the late music icon Selena. EFE