Kate del Castillo Negrete Trillo is a Mexican-American actress. At the age of 19, del Castillo became known for her lead role in the telenovela Muchachitas for Televisa in 1991.
Early Life & Career
Kate del Castillo was born in 1972 in Mexico City, Mexico. Her father, Eric del Castillo, is famous soap opera actor and star of Mexican cinema. Del Castillo has a sister, Verónica, as well as a half-brother, Ponciano, from her father's side of the family.
In 1978, del Castillo made her acting debut in "Los de abajo." However, her breakthrough role came in 1991 when, at the age of 19, she was cast in the telenovela "Muchachitas." The actress played the role of Leticia, one of a group of four girls who enroll in an arts academy to pursue singing and acting careers. The next year, del Castillo starred in "Mágica juventud," and appeared on "Imperio de cristal" in 1994.
Del Castillo continued to find success on telenovelas throughout the 1990s and early 2000s. In 1996 she starred in "Azul" as a young woman who cares for dolphins at an amusement park in Mexico City. The following year, she was cast in the lead role of Ana Hernández López on the long-running "Alguna vez tendremos alas." In 1998, she starred opposite Guy Ecker as the female protagonist of "La Mentira." More telenovela leading roles came with 2000's "Ramona," 2001's "El derecho de nacer," and "Bajo la misma piel," which ran from 2003 to 2004.
Del Castillo made her debut on American television in 2003, when she was cast in a recurring role on the PBS series "American Family." Starring Edward James Olmos and Sônia Braga, the program was the first broadcast television drama series to feature a predominantly Latinx cast. Del Castillo landed another recurring role in 2009 on the Showtime series "Weeds," playing a powerful Mexican politician. She later appeared on episodes of such American programs as "CSI: Miami," "Grimm," "Killer Women," and "Jane the Virgin."
Career In Movies
After starring in the Bolivian/Mexican film "American Visa," del Castillo made her Hollywood screen debut in Gregory Nava's "Bordertown." Inspired by true events around the murders of several women in Ciudad Juárez, the film starred Jennifer Lopez, Martin Sheen, and Antonio Banderas. Del Castillo went on to appear in the Swedish drama "The Black Pimpernel," the crime drama "Julia," starring Tilda Swinton, and the prison drama "K-11." In 2007, the actress had one of her biggest movie roles as the lead of the Mexican-American drama "Under the Same Moon," about a single mother who crosses undocumented from Mexico to California.
Del Castillo has appeared in a number of other American films, including the thriller "No Good Deed," with Idris Elba; the survival drama "The 33," based on the 2010 mining disaster in Chile; and "El Chicano," a Latino superhero film. In 2020, del Castillo played the ex-lover of Will Smith's character in the blockbuster action sequel "Bad Boys for Life."
Personal Life and El Chapo Controversy
Early on in her career, del Castillo dated Emilio Azcarraga Jean, who is now the CEO of the biggest mass media company in Latin America. Later, in 2001, she married football player Luis García; they divorced in 2004. In 2009, del Castillo wed actor Aarón Díaz, and then divorced him in 2012. Residing in Los Angeles, she became a US citizen in 2015.
In 2012, del Castillo posted a message on Twitter directed to drug lord Joaquín Guzmán Loera, also known as El Chapo, that expressed how del Castillo had more faith in Guzmán than in the Mexican government. Although she was unaware, Guzmán was a longtime fan of the actress, even harboring romantic feelings for her. After Guzmán's capture, his lawyer contacted del Castillo about making a biographical film about the man, conferring on her the rights to his life. Because of this, del Castillo was unwittingly placed under surveillance. She subsequently brokered an interview between Guzmán and actor Sean Penn, shortly before Guzmán was recaptured by authorities.
The actions of del Castillo and Penn remain under investigation. After being subpoenaed in January of 2016, the actress filed a petition for an injunction against arrest related to the investigation. The Attorney General of Mexico issued a detain-and-interrogate order that would become effective if del Castillo entered Mexico; since then, the actress has not stepped foot into the country.
Kate del Castillo is a Mexican actress who has a net worth of $10 million dollars.