The rise, fall, and rise again of Mexican pop icon Gloria Trevi is epic. The first thing we thought of when hearing about an upcoming biopic was, “What took so long?” Her story is so insane, that if it weren’t so heavily documented in the press, you’d think it was all made up.
After a short stint in a girl band as a teenager, she went solo, rocketed to the top of the charts, toured the globe, and sold millions of records. Then, her world came crashing down when she was arrested amidst a huge sex scandal which included accusations of running a satanic sex cult, and spent four years in jail. Finally in 2004, she was cleared of all charges and released. Oh, but there’s more. It turns out she somehow got pregnant while in jail. Many believe the father is her manager who was incarcerated alongside her. Sergio Andrade, her baby daddy and former manager, was later found guilty of raping and kidnapping an underage girl.
The movie, titled Gloria, opened in Mexico earlier this year, very accurately depicts these stranger-than-fiction events. In fact, some moments look just like her real life. To celebrate the film’s U.S. premiere at SXSW yesterday, we took the real footage and put it side-by-side with the biopic.