Kate del Castillo

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Kate del Castillo
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Del Castillo in July 2017
Born Kate del Castillo Negrete Trillo
(1972-10-23) October 23, 1972 (age 44)
Mexico City, Mexico
Residence Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Citizenship Mexican (1972-present)
US (2015-present)
Occupation Actress
Years active 1978–present
Spouse(s) Luis García (2001–2004)
Aarón Díaz (2009–2012)
Parent(s) Eric del Castillo
Kate Trillo
Relatives Veronica del Castillo (sister)
Website katedelcastillo.us

Kate del Castillo Negrete Trillo (born October 23, 1972) is a Mexican and American actress. At the age of 20, del Castillo became known for her lead role in the telenovela Muchachitas for Televisa in 1989. Afterwards, she continued her career in film and television in Latin America. In 2011, del Castillo earned recognition in the United States for playing the lead role in La Reina del Sur. Subsequently, del Castillo has worked in several American TV series and had supporting roles in Hollywood feature films.

Early life[edit]

Del Castillo was born in Mexico City, Mexico. She is the daughter of Kate Trillo and Eric del Castillo, a legend of Mexican cinema and a soap opera actor himself. Del Castillo has two siblings: a sister, the journalist Verónica del Castillo, and a half-brother, Ponciano, from her father's side.


She made her acting debut in 1978 when she took part in a film called The Last Escape. She became well known in 1991 when she starred as Leticia in Muchachitas, a telenovela airing in several Latin American countries, as well as in La Reina del Sur and series Dueños del Paraíso for the Telemundo network and in other telenovelas as a leading actress.

In 2002 and 2003, she embarked on an international tour alongside Argentine actor Saul Lisazo with the play Cartas de Amor (Love Letters). In November 2007, she was named one of the "Stars of the Year" and in 2011 one of the "25 most influential women" and "50 most beautiful" by People en Español magazine.[1][2] In 2006, Del Castillo starred in the film Bordertown, which became her first role in Hollywood. In 2009, del Castillo was appointed Ambassador for the Mexican Commission on Human Rights and the following year she helped launch the Blue Heart Campaign in order to raise awareness and fight human trafficking.[3] She starred in the film Colosio: El asesinato, which centers around the assassination of the Mexican presidential candidate Luis Donaldo Colosio.

She has appeared in advertising campaigns for companies such as L'Oréal and Ford,[4] and in the music video "Fuego de Noche, Nieve de Día" by Ricky Martin.

In November 20, 2015 she launched in association with the Vivanco Family a new brand of tequila named Tequila Honor del Castillo. She is the spokesperson representing the brand.

Personal life[edit]

Del Castillo at the 2012 Imagen Awards

One of her first known romantic relations was with Emilio Azcarraga Jean son of media mogul Emilio Azcárraga Milmo, and now CEO of the largest mass media company in Latin America, the Televisa Grup.[5]

On February 3, 2001, she married fútbol player Luis García. The marriage was dissolved on September 1, 2004. Del Castillo lives in Los Angeles. On August 22, 2005, it was reported by the LAPD that del Castillo's new house in Los Angeles had been broken into by thieves, who took some jewelry from the actress. Del Castillo was in Los Angeles filming Bordertown, a film about the female homicides in Ciudad Juárez, when the robbery occurred. In August 2009, del Castillo married Aarón Díaz in a Las Vegas ceremony. On July 26, 2011, it was announced that Kate and Díaz were separating.

In 2012, she posed in a PETA ad campaign encouraging pet owners to "fiercely protect" their dogs and cats by keeping them indoors.[6]

During an interview with Cristina Saralegui on the Cristina Show, Kate revealed that her favorite band is the English new wave band Duran Duran.[citation needed]

She became a citizen of the United States in September 2015 and currently lives in Los Angeles.[7]

Relation and interview with El Chapo Guzman[edit]

On January 9, 2012, del Castillo publicly posted an essay talking about social issues in Mexico[8] that included a controversial request to Joaquín Guzmán Loera, the then at-large head of the Sinaloa Cartel, on her Twextra page (which is associated with Twitter), stating:

"The government has numbed us, we are manipulated, and I say Mr. El Chapo lets go traffic with unknown well-being, lets do good to the world, you know how to trade, deal with love, with good things'.[9] "Life is a business and the only thing that changes is the merchandise. Don’t you agree?", “Mr Chapo, wouldn’t it be cool that you started trafficking with love?”[10] "Today I believe more in Chapo Guzmán [than in] the government that hides painful truths from me, who hide the cure for cancer, AIDS, etc., for their own benefit and wealth."[11][12][13][14]

Del Castillo was contacted by Guzman's lawyer to talk about producing a biographical film about Guzman in 2014.[15] As a result, she was placed under CISEN surveillance. Communication increased following Guzman's escape from prison in July 2015.[15] She brokered an interview between American actor Sean Penn and Guzmán in October 2015, shortly before Mexican Marines recaptured him.[16] She received a cell phone and the codenames Hermosa and Dama from Guzman.[17] Penn and del Castillo recommend the American lawyer Joshua L. Drakel.[17] CISEN released photographs of del Castillo at the meetings with Guzman's lawyer and of the arrival of the actress and Sean Penn to Mexico.

Authorities found DVDs of La Reina del Sur at the safe house stormed during Guzman's capture.[18]


Sean Penn and Del Castillo's actions are under investigation by the PGR.[17] She was subpoenaed on January 18 and was to testify before the public prosecutor at the Mexican Consulate in Los Angeles.[19] She is under investigation as to whether Del Castillo received illicit money to finance the planned movie about Guzman[20] and her tequila brand Honor del Castillo.[21]

On February 5, 2016, a Mexican judge granted del Castillo's petition for an injunction against any arrest related to the federal investigation into her ties with Joaquín Guzmán. The Mexican Attorney General issued a detain-and-interrogate order on del Castillo; however, that would only become effective if del Castillo sets foot on Mexican soil. That order was issued after she did not heed a request to voluntarily appear before Mexican prosecutors.[22]



Year Title Role Notes
1978 Los de abajo
1990 El último escape Bárbara
1997 Educación sexual en breves lecciones Ana
1997 Reclusorio Estrella Uribe Segment: "Sangre entre mujeres"
2004 Avisos de ocasión Amanda
2005 American Visa Blanca
2006 Ciudad del silencio Elena Díaz
2006 Lime Salted Love Isabella Triebel
2007 El precio de la inocencia Laura
2007 The Black Pimpernel Consuelo Fuentes
2007 La misma luna Rosario
2008 Julia Elena
2008 Bad Guys Zena
2009 Down for Life Esther
2011 ¿Y dónde están los hombres? Cleotilde
2012 Colosio: El asesinato Verónica
2012 K-11 Mousey
2013 A Miracle in Spanish Harlem Eva
2014 El crimen del Cácaro Gumaro Kate / Rosario
2014 No Good Deed Alexis
2014 The Book of Life La Muerte Voice role
2014 Visitantes Ana
2015 The 33 Katty
2016 El Americano: The Movie Rayito Voice role
2018 River Runs Red Marcy Pre-production


Year Title Role Notes
1991 Muchachitas Leticia Bustamante Television debut
1992 Mágica juventud Fernanda
1994 Imperio de cristal Narda Lombardo
1995 Mujer, casos de la vida real Unknown role Episode: "Aunque parezca mentira"
1996 Azul Alejandra
1997 Alguna vez tendremos alas Ana Hernández Main role
1998 La mentira Verónica Fernández-Negrete Main role; 100 episodes
2000 Ramona Ramona Main role
2001 El derecho de nacer María Elena del Junco Main role
2002 American Family Ofelia 10 episodes
2003 Bajo la misma piel Miranda Murillo Ortiz
2004 Kate Del Castillo en La Riviera Maya Kate Television film
2009 The Cleaner Josefina Episode: "Does Everybody Have a Drink?"
2009 Weeds Pilar Zuazo 5 episodes
2009 El Pantera Coco 2 episodes
2011–present La Reina del Sur Teresa Mendoza Main role; 63 episodes
2011 CSI: Miami Anita Torres Episode: "Killer Regrets"
2012 Grimm Valentina Espinosa Episode: "La Llorona"
2013 Dallas Sergeant Marisela Ruiz Episode: "JR's Masterpiece"
2014 Killer Women Esmeralda Montero Episode: "Queen Bee"
2015 Dueños del paraíso Anastasia Cardona Main role; 69 episodes
2015 Jane the Virgin Luciana Leon 3 episodes
2016 Telenovela Kate Episode: "The Rivals"
2017–present Ingobernable Emilia Urquiza Main role; 15 episodes


Awards and nominations
Year Award Category Nominated work Result
Premios TVyNovelas
Best Female Revelation
Best young actress
Imperio de cristal
Alguna vez tendremos alas
La mentira
Premios Ariel
Best Actress
American Visa
Festival de Cine Iberoamericano de Huelva
Colón de Plata for Best Actress
Premios Diosa de Plata
Best Actress
La misma Luna
Premios People en Español
Best Actress
La Reina del Sur
Best Couple (with Iván Sánchez) Nominated
Best Couple (with Rafael Amaya)


  1. ^ "Kate del Castillo una de los 50 más bellos". People en Español (in Spanish). April 24, 2011. Retrieved September 4, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Las 25 mujeres más poderosas". People en Español (in Spanish). September 27, 2011. Retrieved September 29, 2011. 
  3. ^ "5 Things To Know About Reina del Sur Star Kate del Castillo". People. March 25, 2011. Retrieved September 4, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Smitten with actress, Mexico's 'Chapo' tripped up by flirting". Reuters. Retrieved January 14, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Kate del Castillo fue novia de Emilio Azcárraga Jean". Peopleenespanol.com. June 25, 2010. Retrieved March 30, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Kate del Castillo, la nueva cara de PETA," Huffpost Voces, May 11, 2012.
  7. ^ "Kate Del Castillo Has Some Words For Donald Trump And His Son". Latin Times. Retrieved January 18, 2016. 
  8. ^ People en Español (January 10, 2012). "Kate del Castillo causa revuelo en Twitter". Peopleenespanol.com. Retrieved March 30, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Lo que dijo Kate del Castillo sobre 'El Chapo', en Aristegui CNN (Video)". Aristegui Noticias. January 9, 2016. Retrieved March 30, 2017. 
  10. ^ David Agren in Mexico City. "Soap actor Kate del Castillo: from Mexican starlet to drug lord's sweetheart | World news". The Guardian. Retrieved March 30, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Governments are hiding the cures for cancer and AIDS". Twextra (in Spanish). January 9, 2012. Retrieved January 9, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Mexican actress: Drug lord could be 'hero of heroes'". CNN. January 11, 2012. Retrieved January 11, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Del Castillo praises Guzman in Twextra posting". MSNBC. January 11, 2012. Retrieved January 11, 2012. 
  14. ^ "I believe more in El Chapo Guzmán than in the governments". Forbes. January 11, 2012. Retrieved January 11, 2012. 
  15. ^ a b López-Dóriga, Joaquín. ""Ola ermoza"…". Milenio. Retrieved January 13, 2016. 
  16. ^ Penn, Sean (January 9, 2016). "El Chapo Speaks". Rolling Stone. Retrieved January 10, 2016. 
  17. ^ a b c Loret de Moda, Carlos. "'Hermosa', el nombre clave de Kate". El Universal. Retrieved January 13, 2016. 
  18. ^ "Mexico mounted huge manhunt to catch "El Chapo" Guzman". Associated Press. Retrieved January 13, 2016. 
  19. ^ "Kate del Castillo subpoenaed by Mexican prosecutors over 'Chapo' Guzmán dealing". Fox News Latino. Retrieved January 18, 2016. 
  20. ^ "Kate del Castillo, jefa de plan fílmico del 'Chapo'" (in (in Spanish)). Eluniversal.com.mx. Retrieved March 30, 2017. 
  21. ^ "'El Chapo' associate Kate del Castillo investigated, Mexican official says". CNN. Retrieved January 20, 2016. 
  22. ^ "Mexican judge grants Del Castillo protection against arrest". Fox News. FOX News Network, LLC. February 6, 2016. Retrieved February 9, 2016. 

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