In her documentary 15: A Quinceañera Story, which begins airing tonight at 7 p.m. on HBO and HBO Latino, Mexican singer and actress Thalía Sodi showcases the lives of five girls as they celebrate their 15th birthdays. Executive produced by her husband Tommy Mottola and co-directed by Emmy winner Matthew O’Neill and Sodi herself, the series of four short films follows the lives of five Latina girls from diverse cultural, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds through their rite of passage into adulthood.
To promote the docuseries, the 46-year-old star visited Univision’s morning show Despierta América yesterday, where she dressed as a quinceañera in pink tafetta dress. The show’s hosts, including Karla Martínez, Ana Patricia Gámez and Francisca Lachapel, dressed up as her court.
Thalía was especially thrilled when co-host Alan Tacher surprised her with a photo of her real quinceañera 30 years ago displayed on a giant screen. “I can’t believe it!” she gushed. “Instead of a traditional party I told my mom: ‘I want a disco. I want a club.’ Then we did it at a club with a DJ.” According to the singer, she didn’t want a traditional party to celebrate her 15th birthday because her father Ernesto Sodi, who died when she was five years old, wouldn’t be present and she wouldn’t have the typical father-daughter dance.
The telenovela actress told the hosts that she celebrated a luxurious 15th birthday bash in the 1987 Mexican soap opera Quinceañera, where she played a teen who had an exclusive princess-like party. “I danced the vals and I was like: ‘Wow!’,” she recalled about a memorable scene from soap. “I loved the tradition and I fell in love with this fiesta.”
Her daughter Sabrina, 10, is already gunning for her own royal party. When the pre-teen got a sneak peek of promotional materials from the documentary that showcased girls in fancy dresses, the singer recalled her little girl asking: “‘Can I have a dress for my 15th year party? But can it be as big as your wedding dress when you married dad?'” Thalia laughed and said, “‘OK, I have to talk to [Mexican designer] Mitzy so he makes yours in pink.'”