By Cynthia de Saint.


Mexican actress Aracely Arambula is facing one of the biggest challenges of her career in "La patrona," the new soap opera that will air on Telemundo on Jan. 8, 2013.

In this intense drama filmed in natural settings, including ranches and mines in picturesque Mexican towns in the states of Queretaro and Zacatecas, Arambula plays a female miner who works among hostile men, who do not accept her presence on the stereotypically masculine job.

"In this soap, everything is real. It's not a set like on other productions, I've worked with the earth, with real tools; it's been something very impressive and powerful for me, since I hadn't worked under these conditions before," Arambula said in an interview with Efe.

The star faced fear and fought claustrophobia when she filmed scenes in real mines, amid dust, darkness and the sensation of imminent danger that assaults almost everyone who goes deep into a cavern.

"It's really a very tough job for a woman. I had to go down into the deepest part of the mine and yes, I started to feel claustrophobia, but the truth is that I got used to it," said Arambula, who became known after winning a beauty contest in her native Chihuahua, Mexico.

She made her debut in front of the cameras as an actress in the soap opera "Cañaveral de pasiones," and her first starring role was in another successful television series, "Abrazame muy fuerte."

Her most recent activity in this area came after taking a sabbatical from television and was in the soap opera "Corazon salvaje," in 2009.

"La patrona" is the first soap that Arambula is making for Telemundo, with which she signed an exclusive contract. And she said that she is fascinated with the production that also stars Cuban actor Jorge Luis Pila and respected Argentine actress Christian Bach. EFE