This is not a drill. If you grew up in a Spanish-speaking household, you definitely remember watching Rebelde — or at least jamming out to a song or two from the Mexican telenovela’s eponymous band. The Spanish show recently made its debut on Netflix, and now, despite being off the air for nearly a decade, there are rumors that the series is coming back with the original cast.
“RBD returns with a new season and the surprise is they will be the same protagonists,” Mexican media company Televisas Espectáculos tweeted last month. “We look forward to the new broadcast.” As expected, fans (including myself), could not contain their excitement on social media.
RBD regresa con una nueva temporada y la sorpresa es que ¡Serán los mismos protagonistas! Esperamos con ansias la nueva emisión. pic.twitter.com/Bj3wPfFLyH
— TelevisaEspectáculos (@TvsEspectaculos) December 28, 2017
“I SWEAR TO GOD IF THE RUMOR ABOUT REBELDE IS TRUE IMMA DIE,” one loyal viewer wrote before another added, “Listen, they better not be playing with our emotions with this rumor that Rebelde might be coming back for another season AND with the original cast. My inner teenage self is already too excited lmao.” Same, girl, same.
If you’re a Rebelde newcomer, don’t worry, you’ll have plenty of time to binge all 440 episodes and fall in love with RBD members Anahí, Dulce María, Alfonso Herrera, Maite Perroni, Christian Chávez, and Christopher von Uckermann before its return. However, here is everything you need to know about the drama — and the band.
What does Rebelde mean?
RBD in 2006.
Translated, “rebelde” means rebel in English — and it’s not hard to see why the telenovela had that title. From the student’s dress code to their bright hair to the over-the-top drama, there was nothing “average” about this group of teens.
Where was Rebelde filmed?
The show takes place at a private school in Mexico City called Elite Way School. The six main characters, Mía, Roberta, Miguel, Diego, Lupita, and Giovanni, quickly joined forces and formed a pop band despite their verydifferent ways of life. The best part is the characters were also in a music group IRL too — and performed all the music (including the catchy theme song) themselves. It wasn’t long before the group has fans worldwide.
“RBD’s success was growing little by little but so fast,” Christian said at the time. “It just happened in two years. I started in Mexico City and then it rose to all Latin America and now we have this opportunity to do an English album. It’s a blessing because thanks to the people that trust in us, now we can express our music in another language — that’s great.” Unfortunately, following the end of the series in 2006 after three seasons, the band called it quits in 2009. BRB, listening to “Y Soy Rebelde” on repeat.
Where is the Rebelde cast today?
— Anahi (@Anahi) February 23, 2015
Anahí (Mia) has been a telenovela actress since the early ’90s and following RBD, she launched her own solo career. Her last TV series, Double Life, premiered in 2011. Today, she is the wife of Manuel Velasco Coello, the governor of the Mexican state of Chiapas and the couple recently welcomed their first child together, a baby boy named Manuel.
Fiery redhead Dulce Maria (Roberta) also launched a successful solo career and released three albums on her own since the end of Rebelde. You can also catch the Mexican beauty on the TV show Papis Muy Padres. Alfonso Herrera (Miguel) stepped away from his music career to focus on acting — and landed the role of Hernando on the Netflix original series Sense8, playing the love interest of Velvet actor Miguel Angel Silvestre. He also stars on the FOX show The Exorcist, which was just renewed for a second season.
Christian (Giovanni) may have ditched his signature neon-colored hair but he is still acting in major telenovelas, including Fixing Paco and Waking Up with You. Christopher (Diego) is also focusing on his acting career and most recently appeared in the series 2091. Maite (Lupita) has balanced her music and TV career, winning the Best Actress of the Year award at the Premios TVyNovelas in 2016 for her role in Antes Muerta que Lichita — the same year her single Adicta dropped.