The Beauty of “Bella”

August 24, 2008

At 28, Eduardo Verástegui seemed to have it all: fame, fortune, success. The hard work, talent, and good looks of this son of a Mexican sugarcane farmer had won him the life he’d dreamed of at 18 when he set out to become an actor. In just over a decade he had toured the world as a successful pop singer, starred in soap operas in Mexico, and won the leading role in the major motion picture “Chasing Papi.” His brooding profile and tousled black hair appeared on glossy magazine covers, in Calvin Klein clothing ads, and in a Jennifer Lopez music video.

But in 2002, “the Brad Pitt of Latin America” walked away from it all for the sake of his Catholic faith. Unhappy with perpetuating what he felt was a harmful stereotype of the Latin lover, and feeling that he was compromising himself for superficial goals, Verástegui turned down role after role in Hollywood, wondering if he would ever act again.

Today, at 33, Verástegui is the co-owner of Metanoia Films and was the leading male actor in the company’s first film, “Bella,” a story with a pro-life theme that won the People’s Choice Award at the 2006 Toronto Film Festival and was released in theaters last fall. Verástegui recently spoke with Catholic Digest about filmmaking, faith, and his transformation.



one moment can change your life forever

Synopsis:  An international soccer star is on his way to sign a multi-million dollar contract when a series of events unfold that bring his career to an abrupt end. A beautiful waitress, struggling to make it in New York City, discovers something about herself that she’s unprepared for. In one irreversible moment, their lives are turned upside down… until a simple gesture of kindness brings them both together, turning an ordinary day to an unforgettable experience.

Starring: Eduardo Verastegui, Tammy Blanchard, Manny Perez, and Ali Landry.


Eduardo’s Story of Life- Bella’s First Miracle 


Eduardo Verastegui: The Man Behind Bella


The Making of Bella


A Pro-life Film Saving Babies

Bella is a romantic drama full of heart, soul and beautiful messages- hope, love, grace, and second chances. The film deals with abortion and adoption, and shows this difficult decision in a very different way, through love and patience and understanding.  

Little did the filmakers know the profound difference their first film – Bella – would have beyond the theater, specifically in the lives of at least 15 women and their children. To date, they are aware of 15 cases where women considering abortion have decided for life after seeing the movie- read one girl’s story.

Saving lives is the greatest mission of Bella.

Addtionally, pregnancy centers have fallen in love with Bella- is designed to accept charitable donations in order to purchase copies of the film and donate them to crisis pregnancy centers across the country.   

If you have not seen this movie yet, I encourage you to watch it with your family. Bella is currently out on DVD, which you can find at your local library. I was not able to check out the movie at my library, because it was constantly being checked out, as soon as it was returned (so wonderful that many people are watching it!), so I rented it On Demand- check to see if your local cable provider has it available as well. 


3 Responses to “The Beauty of “Bella””

  1. Lizbeth Diaz said

    Admiro la fuerza y decision de Eduardo Verastegui para decir no a la vida materialista y vacia habiendo conseguido ya la fama. Admiro su valentia para decir no a lo que no cree y seguir adelante con su sueno de usar su talento para expresar mensajes nobles y de amor que pueden tocar y cambiar la vida de otros seres humanos que pueden desviarse del camino de Dios. Gracias por habrir los ojos y el corazon y hacer la diferencia en el mundo de hoy dia que necesita mas gente como tu. God bless.

  2. Lisa Thompson said

    This film of Bella has been a refreshing film to watch about real issues of life. I love the nobleness , gentleness and sincerity that was portrayed on the issue of abortion. We need more films like these that will change peoples lives, touch their emotional side and make them think more on the deep issues that are happening daily in this country and the world. The act of Kindness is one that has been lost in these times. People are sick of seeing violence, sex and drugs. Hearts are waxing cold from so much negativity. We need films that will show through people the kindness, the Grace of God and what Jesus would do if He were here on earth today. I applaud the Directors of this film Bella and I will continue to pray that Our Lord and Savious Jesus will continue to use your gifts and talents in a positive realm for His Glory that one day soon He will say to all of you “Well done, good and faithful servant. Be Blessed and encouraged and continue to being led of what you will feed the audience through our eyes, the lamps of our souls.Remember that the Lord, Our Father in Heaven will hold you accountable of what you feed His sheep through films.
    In His Grip,

    Minister Lisa Thompson

  3. Claudio Ramos said

    Estamos acostumbrados a ver las historias de Woody Allen y Martin Scorsese entre otros, en el que New York es el contexto de aquellas historias complicadas que hablan de obsesión, desgracias y sexo o de poder, dinero, mujeres y gánster. En este caso, Bella que es dirigida por Alejandro Gómez Monteverde es una historia emotiva, muy hermosa, una historia sencilla que engloba (con picardía) muchísimas cuestiones sanas en cuanto a la fe, y abarca esos problemas conocidos de la actualidad. Es una pieza audiovisual que llega al alma.

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