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Angélica Rivera
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First Lady of Mexico
In role
1 December 2012 – 30 November 2018
President Enrique Peña Nieto
Preceded by Margarita Zavala
Succeeded by Beatriz Gutiérrez Müller
First Lady of State of Mexico
In role
27 November 2010 – 15 September 2011
Governor Enrique Peña Nieto
Preceded by Mónica Pretelini
Succeeded by María Irene Dipp
Personal details
Angélica Rivera Hurtado

(1969-08-02) 2 August 1969 (age 54)
Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico
Political party Institutional Revolutionary Party
José Alberto Castro
(m. 1994; div. 2008)
(m. 2010; div. 2019)
Children 3, including Sofía Castro
Residences Mexico City, Mexico
Occupation Actress (1988–2007)

Angélica Rivera Hurtado (pronounced [aŋˈxelika riˈβeɾa]; born 2 August 1969) is a Mexican singer, model and telenovela actress who, as the wife of Former President Enrique Peña Nieto, was the First Lady of Mexico from 2012 to 2018. During her husband's tenure as president, she served in the role of Federal President of the Advisory Council of the National System for the Integral Development of the Family (DIF, for its acronym in Spanish).

Rivera's work as an actress has included Alcanzar una estrella II (1991), La Dueña (1995), Ángela (1998), Sin Pecado Concebido (2001), Mariana de la Noche (2003) and Tequila De Maguey (2007), as well as the soap opera Destilando Amor (2007), responsible for her current nickname "La Gaviota" (English: The Seagull). As a singer she was a member of the short-lived fictional teen group Muñecos de Papel.

Early life

Rivera was born in the neighborhood of Azcapotzalco, Mexico City and she is the daughter of Manuel Rivera Ruiz, a doctor, and María Eugenia Hurtado Escalante. She has five sisters and a brother. When actress Verónica Castro was filming near where Rivera lived as a young woman, they met and Castro suggested her to compete in "The Face of the Herald", a contest Rivera won in 1987.


Early acting and modeling

Rivera’s career began at the age of 17, when she won The Face of the Herald contest. She was a model in the video Ahora Te Puedes Marchar with Luis Miguel. She then filmed two TV and radio commercials, one for the United States and one for Japan, followed by the TNT video program hosted by Martha Aguayo.

In 1989, Rivera received the opportunity to play a small part in the soap opera Dulce Desafío. This part was followed by many others on shows such as Simplemente Maria, Mi Pequeña Soledad and La Picara Soñadora. In 1991 Rivera was selected to play the scheming and opportunistic Silvana in Alcanzar una estrella II. In 1995, Rivera was chosen to give life to Regina Villarreal in La Dueña; alongside Francisco Gattorno. In 2003 she played a villain Marcia in the soap opera Mariana de la Noche, produced by Salvador Mejía.

In 2007, Rivera had the lead role in the successful and popular novela Destilando amor as Gaviota, a young girl from the country who went to the big city to look for a better life. As a result of her work on this soap, Rivera is frequently referred to in popular media as "La Gaviota".

First Lady of Mexico

Recorrido por el Hospital Infantil de México Federico Gómez. (8960497686)
Rivera and Peng Liyuan, the First Lady of China, visit Hospital Infantil de México Federico Gómez, a children's hospital in Mexico City.

As the wife of Enrique Peña Nieto, who was elected President of Mexico from December 2012 through December 2018, Rivera was the First Lady of Mexico. She has also, from March 2013, been President of the Sistema Nacional para el Desarrollo Integral de la Familia, the National System for Integral Family Development, a public institution for the welfare of families in Mexico. In February 2018, she opened the Comprehensive Care Center for Hearing Impairment, EnSeas, which would offer care to 70,000 people annually.

Personal life

EPN. Grito de Independencia 2
President at the National Palace balcony during the Grito Mexico, D.F. 15 de septiembre de 2013

On 11 December 1994, Rivera was married to producer José Alberto Castro, brother of Verónica Castro, with whom she has three daughters: Angélica Sofía (born 1996), Fernanda (born 1999) and Regina (born 2005). The couple divorced in 2008 and the marriage was annulled by the Catholic Church.

Rivera married Enrique Peña Nieto, then Governor of the State of Mexico, on 27 November 2010. Days later, she announced her retirement of her artistic career to focus on "this great responsibility by his side, dedicated to my home, to my children". From this marriage, she has three stepchildren.

On 30 March 2012, Peña Nieto began his campaign for the presidency, and Rivera accompanied him to the events across the country. She also published a series of videos which she called "What my eyes see, what my heart feels", where she documented the campaign from her point of view.

On 8 February 2019, she announced on social media that she was divorcing Peña Nieto.


Papa Francisco y EPN en el Hangar Presidencial
Pope Francis and President Enrique Peña Nieto, accompanied by First Lady Angélica Rivera, held a meeting in the premises of the Presidential hangar following the Pope's arrival in Mexico.


Year Title Role Notes
1993 ¡Aquí espaantan! Gaby Film debut


Year Title Role Notes
1988–89 Dulce desafío Gina / María Inés Recurring role
1989 Simplemente María Isabella de Peñalvert Recurring role
1990 Mi pequeña Soledad Marisa Recurring role
1991 La pícara soñadora Giovanna Carini Co-lead role
1991 Alcanzar una estrella II Silvana Vélez Co-lead role
1993 Sueño de amor Isabel González / Érika de la Cruz Lead role
1995 La dueña Regina Villareal Lead role
1997–98 Huracán Elena Lead role
1998–99 Ángela Ángela Bellati Roldán Lead role
2001 Sin pecado concebido Mariana Campos Ortiz Lead role
2003–04 Mariana de la noche Marcia Montenegro Main antagonist
2007 Destilando Amor Teresa Hernández García "Gaviota" / Mariana Franco Lead role


See also

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