Maite Perroni Opens Up About RBD's Early Days

Selena Barrientos
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Photo credit: Getty Images

From Good Housekeeping

RBD's Maite Perroni wants fans of the Latin pop band to get pumped about the upcoming virtual tribute concert Ser o Parecer: The Global Virtual Union taking place this Saturday at 11 a.m. ET.

Even though Dulce María and Alfonso “Poncho” Herrera won't be in attendance, Maite and the other four members of RBD — Anahí, Christian Chávez, Christopher von Uckermann — are thrilled to come together once again for the special six-hour-long event, which will celebrate the beloved band's music and legacy.

“We’re not calling it a reunion because we aren’t going on tour," Maite tells Good Housekeeping. "All of us have different interests and responsibilities, so that’s not possible. We’re getting together to share this special, beautiful moment, and we’re really excited. We want to enjoy it with the fans who were part of that generation.”

Recognized as one of the top Latin pop bands of all time, RBD rose to fame in the early 2000s after forming in the Mexican telenovela Rebelde. Together, the band released five studio albums and sold more than 15 million records worldwide.

Now in 2020, 12 years after RBD's last concert, the group is once again making headlines. In September, RBD’s entire catalog became available on streaming services for the first time ever. Then in November, Maite, Anahí, Christian, and Christopher released a new RBD song, “Siempre He Estado Aquí” (“I’ve Always Been Here” in English), for the first time in more than a decade.

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Photo credit: Rodrigo Varela - Getty Images

While the group dynamics have changed over the years, Maite still feels the same way about all of her fellow RBD band members.

"We had amazing experiences together and they’re like family,” Maite says while reflecting on her time with RBD before the group disbanded in 2009. "After the show [Rebelde] and music ended, we all continued with our careers, but we stayed in contact."

She continues: "In different moments of our lives, we connect more with different people in the group because we think or feel the same way. But in the end, we were all part of something amazing, and I love them.”

Looking back to 2004, when she was first cast as Guadalupe "Lupita" Fernández in Rebelde, Maite wishes she would've lived more in the present.

"In the moment, I was thinking about the fact that it was my first job, that I didn’t know how to do it, that I had to do it better, that I didn’t have a scene. All of these different kinds of insecurities that happen when you’re starting your career," she recalls. "Now, I’m so proud of my work and I’m so happy because I had the opportunity to live it."

Maite has since built an incredible career on the Mexican small screen, starring in a handful of hit telenovelas including Cuidado con El ángel (Don’t Mess With the Angel), Mi pecado (Burden of Guilt), Triunfo del amor (Triumph of Love), Cachito de cielo (A Piece of Heaven), and Antes muerta que Lichita (Anything But Plain). Her latest projects include Netflix’s Mexican drama Oscuro Deseo (Dark Desire) and Amazon’s El juego de las llaves (The Game of Keys).

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Photo credit: Netflix

A big highlight of Maite's career came this October when GQ México named her 2020's Woman of the Year. While Maite deeply respects and admires the work of other great actresses from Mexico, she greatly appreciates the recognition from the magazine.

"It warms my heart and makes me feel it’s worth it,” she says. "It makes me feel like what I’m doing is helping me go step-by-step to the place that I want."

But no matter how far Maite's acting career takes her, she will always be grateful for Rebelde and her time in the early 2000s with RBD.

"I feel very blessed because I never stopped [working]," Maite explains. "I’m thankful for the first opportunity I ever had.”

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