La Otra
Created byLiliana Abud
Written byOrlando Merino
Jaime García Estrada
Tere Medina
Directed byBenjamín Cann
Rodrigo Zaunbos
StarringYadhira Carrillo
Juan Soler
Jacqueline Andere
Sergio Sendel
Ofelia Guilmáin
Opening themeLa Otra by Benny Ibarra & Edith Márquez
Country of originMexico
Original languageSpanish
No. of episodes89
Executive producerErnesto Alonso
ProducerLuis Miguel Barona
Production locationsFilming
Televisa San Ángel
Mexico City, Mexico
CinematographyManuel Ángel Barajas
Víctor Soto
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time41-44 minutes
Production companyTelevisa
Original networkCanal de las Estrellas
Picture formatNTSC
Original releaseMay 20 (2002-05-20) –
September 20, 2002 (2002-09-20)
Preceded bySalomé
Followed byAsí son ellas

La Otra (English: The Other Woman) is a Mexican telenovela produced by Ernesto Alonso for Televisa in 2002.[1]

On Monday, May 20, 2002, Canal de las Estrellas started broadcasting La Otra weekdays at 8:00pm, replacing Salomé. The last episode was broadcast on Friday, September 20, 2002 with Así son ellas replacing it the on the following day. This telenovela was a moderate success in Mexico, airing at 8pm in the summer of 2002, right before the (usually) highest-rated hour of 9pm. It has also grown in popularity amongst telenovela fans of all kinds, thus making it a cult classic of sorts. It has aired four times in the United States, the first time being its initial airing on Univision in the afternoon, from Monday, October 14, 2002 to Friday, February 28, 2003. It has been repeated three times afterward. The first repeat was on Telefutura in the early morning, from Monday, September 26, 2005 to Friday, January 27, 2006. The second repeat was on Univision during the Grandes Historias hour late at night, from Monday, April 9, 2007 to Thursday, August 9, 2007. The third repeat currently aired during the mid-afternoon later switched to mornings on Telefutura, having started on Monday, November 22, 2010 to Wednesday, March 30, 2011.

Yadhira Carrillo starred as antagonistic protagonist, Juan Soler starred as protagonist, while Jacqueline Andere and Sergio Sendel starred as antagonists.

La Otra was awarded the Premios TVyNovelas best telenovela of the year in 2003.


On a dark, stormy night, Bernarda (Chantal Andere), Leopoldo b Guillen's lover, takes her two small daughters, Eugenia (Mercedes Molto) and Carlota (Yadhira Carrillo), to his funeral. Leopold's son, Roman, his wife, and the priest tell them that they are unwelcome at the funeral and Román (Alejandro Ávila) throws them out in the mud.

Years later, Carlota and Eugenia are attending a university where Carlota studies music and Eugenia studies accounting. Bernarda favors and expects the best out of Eugenia, who is failing school. However, she disdains and expects the worst out of Carlota, whom Bernarda calls "inutil" (good-for-nothing).

In reality, Carlota is the one who is successful, as she plays the piano beautifully and paints many masks, showing us that she has quite the artistic side. Bernarda is a materialistic woman, determined to never allow her daughters to marry in order to avoid what is stated in the father's will: Upon marriage, they will take their part of the fortune.

She oppresses the girls and holds them near prisoner in their own home. However, Carlota and Eugenia do not allow circumstances to stop them from being their own selves. Eugenia is secretly dating Roman and has already had relations with him. Roman has slept with her for vengeance only.

He thinks that she is his half-sister. However, she is not Leopoldo's daughter. When Bernarda and Carlota discover that Eugenia is pregnant, Bernarda sends her away to a small town with their housekeeper (Tomasa Josefina Echánove). In the small town Eugenia meets Cordelia (Yadhira Carrillo), who is identical to Carlota.

She also meets Santos (Ignacio Guadalupe), a man who falls in love with her; and they marry in order to give her child a name. Meanwhile, Carlota forms a relationship with a young doctor named Álvaro (Juan Soler). He soon asks for her hand in marriage. When Bernarda finds out, she adamantly opposes and unsuccessfully tries break them up via many means.

Eventually, she concedes and gives Carlota her blessing. Of course, knowing Bernarda, there is always an ulterior motive. Eugenia gives birth but because Bernarda tells Eugenia the entire truth about everything that has happened, she instigates her own daughter's early death.

During her last moments, Eugenia orders Tomasa to hide the baby with Santos and lie to everyone and say the baby died. Eugenia curses her mother with misery and guilt and dies. When Eugenia's body is delivered to Bernarda, Álvaro asks to see Carlota, but Bernarda demands that he leave and leave her to mourn her daughter's death.

Ignorant of recent happenings and of the fact that Carlota has a sister, Álvaro believes Carlota died. Bernarda does not correct him and says that Carlota died in a freak accident. She denies him access to view the dead body by lying (The lie is that Carlota's body is unrecognizable from the serious degree of the accident).

Álvaro leaves for his parents' hacienda in a rural town to get over his first (and only) love. Bernarda tells Carlota that he abandoned her and that he was just using her. With the death of her sister and this terrible news, Carlota tries to kill herself, but she only kills her unborn child.

During Alvaro's grieving process, Cordelia eventually seduces Álvaro into a loveless marriage, using her appearance and her charismatic manipulation skills to her advantage. Ten years later, Carlota is nothing more than a mere shadow of her former self, further enslaved by Bernarda, and Álvaro and Cordelia are having marital troubles, causing misery for their daughter Natalia.

Eventually, Carlota will learn to break free and become her own person...but it will take walking into the lion's den to do so. She will go to Alvaro's house and assume the position of La Otra.



Year Award Category Nominee Result
2003 21st TVyNovelas Awards Best Telenovela of the Year Ernesto Alonso Won
Best Actress Yadhira Carrillo
Best Actor Juan Soler
Best Antagonist Actress Jacqueline Andere Nominated
Best Leading Actress Won
Best Antagonist Actor Sergio Sendel Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Azela Robinson
Best Male Revelation Julio Bracho
Best Direction Benjamín Cann Won
Premios El Heraldo de México Best Telenovela Ernesto Alonso
Best Antagonist Actress Jacqueline Andere
Best Director Benjamín Cann
Premios INTE Telenovela of the Year Ernesto Alonso Nominated
Actress of the Year Yadhira Carrillo
Actor of the Year Juan Soler
Supporting Actress Jacqueline Andere


  1. ^ "La Otra" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on April 14, 2003. Retrieved May 21, 2016.