Mexican megastar Thalía was given the opportunity of a lifetime to tell the story of five teenage warriors in her documentary, 15: A Quinceañera Story.
“It was a dream that I pursued for years and I was finally able to make it a reality with HBO,” the singer told PEOPLE CHICA. “It took us almost three years to develop my ideas, find our girls, follow their stories and edit the best moments to create this original series that presents our Hispanic culture to new audiences.”
Produced by music executive and entrepreneur Tommy Mottola and directed by Emmy winner Matthew O’Neill and Thalía herself, the series focuses on five Latinas from different cultural, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds during their transitions into adulthood.
“They are beautiful and complex, but very relatable stories that make it clear that family, love and people who believe in you are what is worth it,” she said. “It has always been a priority for me to make other audiences love the things that fill me with love and pride and the tradition of a quinceañera is one of them.”
For Thalía, it was essential to create a narrative that showed the diversity of the Latino community regardless of social class, race or occupation. “It was important to emphasize the effort each family makes in order to celebrate the fifteenth birthday of their child.”
The series follows the girls and their complexities closely, from dealing with gender identity to the constant fear that a loved one will be deported. “We found ourselves reflecting stories of deportation or acceptance of gender change, as in the case of Zoey,” said Thalía. “She was born male and we witness the support and unconditional love of her trans-madrinas [godmothers], who never had their quinceañera.”
15: A Quinceañera Story airs over four consecutive nights, December 19-22 (7 p.m. ET) on HBO.