La Mentira (1998 telenovela)

For the 1965 telenovela, see La mentira (1965 telenovela). For the Telemundo remake, see El Juramento.
La Mentira
Genre Telenovela
Created by Caridad Bravo Adams
Written by Nora Alemán
Martín Támez
René Borbolla
Alejandra León de la Barra
Directed by Sergio Cataño
Rafael Estebán
Claudio Reyes Rubio
Starring Kate del Castillo
Guy Ecker
Karla Álvarez
Rosa María Bianchi
Eric del Castillo
Opening theme Me voy a quitar de en medio by Vicente Fernández
Ending theme Me voy a quitar de en medio by Vicente Fernández
Country of origin Mexico
Original language(s) Spanish
No. of episodes 100
Executive producer(s) Carlos Sotomayor
Producer(s) Rafael Urióstegui
Location(s) Filming
Televisa San Ángel
Mexico City, Mexico
Cinematography Armando Zafra
Marco Rodríguez
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 41-44 minutes
Production company(s) Televisa
Distributor Televisa
Original network Canal de las Estrellas
Picture format 480i SDTV
Audio format Dolby Digital 5.1
Original release July 13 – November 27, 1998
Preceded by Rencor apasionado
Followed by Ángela
Related shows La mentira (1965)
El amor nunca muere (1982)
El juramento (2008)
Cuando me enamoro (2010)
Corações Feridos (2012)
Lo imperdonable (2015)

La Mentira (Lit. title: The Lie / International title: Twisted Lies) is a Mexican telenovela produced by Carlos Sotomayor for Televisa in 1998.[1] Based on an original story by Caridad Bravo Adams.

On July 13, 1998, Canal de las Estrellas started broadcasting La Mentira weekdays at 5:00pm, replacing Rencor apasionado. The last episode was broadcast on November 27, 1998 with Ángela replacing it the following day.

Kate del Castillo and Guy Ecker starred as protagonists, while Karla Álvarez starred as main antagonist. Rosa María Bianchi, Blanca Guerra and the leading actor Eric del Castillo starred as stellar performances.


Demetrio Azunsolo arrives in a small remote village outside Mexico where his beloved half-brother, Ricardo Platas, used to live and run a tequila plantation, only to find out that the latter has just committed suicide, after being betrayed by a selfish, greedy woman.

Little by little, and thanks to the village inhabitants - who at first are hostile towards him but then become his friends - Demetrio puts together the pieces of the puzzle that led to the tragedy.

The clues bring him to Mexico City, in the villa of a wealthy family, the Fernandez-Negrete's who are the owners of the FERNE Bank, one of the most important banks in Mexico, where Ricardo had spent some time in the past as a trusted worker.

According to the info he has in hand, in that house lives the woman who is the cause of Ricardo's suicide. Demetrio meets two young women there, both nieces of the family: the innocent and fragile Virginia Fernandez-Negrete and the dynamic and self-confident Verónica Fernandez-Negrete.

Not sure who of them is the guilty one, Demetrio gets trapped in a series of co-incidences and sly gossip and ends up believing in the end that the woman he is looking for is Verónica.

Once ascertained, he puts to practice his plan for revenge. He flirts with Verónica, seduces her and makes her fall in love with him so as to marry him. After the wedding, he practically abducts her and brings her to the small remote village where Ricardo ended his life, decides to make her life a misery and take revenge for his brother's death.

Little does he know that he, as well as Verónica, are in fact victims of someone whose angel face hides a demonic soul and who actually was the one responsible for Ricardo's suicide.

When he finds out, it seems that all is lost as Verónica abandons him because he doesn't trust her and instead has been taken in by gossip and deception; so he must struggle to regain her love. In the end, love wins, but not without cost.


Actor Character
Kate del Castillo Verónica Fernandez-Negrete de Azunsolo
Guy Ecker Demetrio Azunsolo
Karla Álvarez Virginia Fernandez-Negrete
Sergio Basañez Juan Fernandez-Negrete Montero
Rosa María Bianchi Sara Montero de Fernandez-Negrete
Eric del Castillo Teodoro Fernandez-Negrete
Silvia Mariscal Leticia "Lety" Montero
Blanca Guerra Miranda Montesinos
Tony Bravo André Belot
Salvador Pineda Dr. Francisco Moguel
Tina Romero Irma de Moguel
Aarón Hernán Father Pablo Williams
Carlos Cámara Don José "Pepe" Diez
Guillermo Rivas Professor Aguirre
Luis Gatica Santiago Terrazas
Roxana Castellanos Yadira Balanzario
Israel Jaitovich Jacinto Ávila
Amparo Garrido Antonia "Toña"
Julio Bracho Carlitos Jr.
Mayrin Villanueva Nicole Belot
José Antonio Ferral Natalicio Gómez "Don Nato"
Claudia Eliza Aguilar Gildarda
Vanessa Arias Beatriz "Betty"
Gabriela Arroyo Maruquita
Antonio de la Vega Pepe Martínez
Vicente Herrera Mauricio Pérez
Gustavo Negrete Carlos
Rodrigo Abed Ricardo Platas
Alex Trillanes Marcos
Claudia Troyo Irazema
Audrey Vera Karla
Sergio Reynoso Lic. Ernesto Saucedo
Liza Willert Sra. Gilbert
Carmela Masso Chona
Eugenia Avendaño Guadalupe de Martínez
Alexandra Monterrubio Susana Blanquet


Year Award Category Nominee Result
1999 17th TVyNovelas Awards Best Telenovela of the Year Carlos SotomayorNominated
Best ActorGuy Ecker
Best Young Lead ActorWon
Best Antagonist Actress Karla Álvarez Nominated
Best Antagonist Actor Luis Gatica
Best Leading Actress Rosa Maria Bianchi
Best Leading Actor Eric del Castillo
Best Young Lead Actress Kate del Castillo
Debut of the YearMayrín Villanueva
Best Original Story or AdaptationNora AlemánWon
Best WriterRocío Vélez
Best DecorRosalba Santoyo
Premios ACE New YorkBest Scenic Program Carlos Sotomayor
Best DirectorSergio Cataño


  1. "La Mentira" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on September 11, 2011. Retrieved April 10, 2016.
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