"La Siachoque," as her native Colombians call her, spoke with us about her transition from villain to good girl on the small screen, and how she's getting along with her husband, who just happens to be the director
Catherine Siachoque
Credit: Oswaldo Pisfil

After 10 years of portraying villains, Catherine Siachoque left her evil streak behind to embody Hilda, a mother who suffers on behalf of her children in the new Telemundo soap opera, Sin senos no hay paraíso. (There's No Paradise without Breasts)

Directed by her husband, Miguel Varoni, the star of Pedro el escamoso, managed to take a break from shooting in Bogotá to tell us how this story really hits home for her.

How has it been starring in “Sin senos no hay paraíso”?
The truth is that it's been delightful, because the story is spectacular and when you have a good story, the rest is taken care of. We're filming in Bogotá and Girardot, and for me, being Colombian, it's great to be able to return to my country and shoot a soap opera that's loaded with controversial themes.

What's the hardest part?
Well, we're making a version that'll be universally understood in any Latin American country and for anyone who speaks Spanish, so we've had to take out a lot of colloquialisms, and getting used to that has been a bit difficult. You know, it's like instead of saying ‘hey, pass the dough,' we have to say ‘give me the money.'

What do you think of the story?
It's really touching. It's adapted from a book that based on real-life events, and the story is told so well, that it's really moved me. I've experienced things during scenes we've shot that have never happened to me before. Like, after filming a scene where I have to cry, I can't stop crying, because it really affects me on such a deep level. It tells the story of a tragic problem that's very painful and that still exists.

And how difficult is it to jump from the horrible Inés from “Pecados Ajenos” to Hilda?
It was more difficult for others to imagine that I would be able to make that transition so quickly, but since the roles are so clearly different, there wasn't a problem. I left Inés' glamour, heels, and blond hair to don Hilda's apron and pick up her broom. Both women are motivated by different things. The only thing that's obvious is that villains always have more fun, and mothers tend to suffer more, but as Hilda, I'm really extracting a part of me that was untapped as an actor. I carry myself in a whole new way when I wash clothes, when I clean, and it's been almost 10 years since I haven't played a heroine or a good girl.

And in real life, are you a little bad like Inés or a suffering saint like Hilda?
No, thank God, those around me can be grateful that I'm not bad at all. But I do have a penchant now for shoes, and jewelry, and other material things that villains love to wear. I think I'm a bit more like Hilda in the way that she loves her family. I always treat my siblings as if they were my kids.

Is it hard to be directed by your own husband?
At first it was a difficult thin line to navigate. He's more strict with me than with other people, and that affected me a bit early on, because I've always had a good relationship with my directors, but with Miguel I felt like I was doing good work, and he wouldn't acknowledge it like he did with other cast members, and that hurt my ego a bit, but that was a childish phase I went through, and now everything's perfect.

Did the original Colombian version help you at all to play Hilda?
I haven't see it, thank God! I was given the DVD's, and thank God I didn't have a chance to watch them, because when someone sees something like that, sometimes they're conditioned to give the same performance. And I wanted to do my own thing, something I could call my own.