Kate del Castillo

This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is del Castillo Negrete and the second or maternal family name is Trillo.
Kate del Castillo

del Castillo at the 2015 Miami Film Festival
Born Kate del Castillo-Negrete Trillo
(1972-10-23) 23 October 1972
Mexico City, Mexico
Citizenship Mexican (1972-present)
American (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)
Ponciano del Castillo (half-brother)
Website katedelcastillo.us

Kate del Castillo-Negrete Trillo (born 23 October 1972) is a Mexican actress. At the age of 18, del Castillo became known for her lead role in the telenovela Muchachitas for Televisa in 1991. 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

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 20 November 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

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 3 February 2001, she married football player Luis García. The marriage was dissolved on 1 September 2004. Del Castillo lives in Los Angeles. On 22 August 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 26 July 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.

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

On 9 January 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 manupulated, 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 (which was subsequently replaced once) 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 18 January and will 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 5 February 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 Film debut
1983 Las sobrinas del diablo
1990 El último escape Bárbara
1991 Violencia en altamar
1991 Ambición sangrienta
1993 Sendero mortal
1994 Amor que mata
1997 Educación sexual en breves lecciones Ana
1997 Reclusorio Estrella Uribe Segment: "Sangre entre Mujeres"
1999 Sendero mortal II
2004 Avisos de ocasión Amanda
2005 American Visa Blanca Nominated — Ariel Award for Best Actress
2006 Bordertown Elena Díaz
2006 Lime Salted Love Isabella Triebel
2007 Trade Laura
2007 The Black Pimpernel Consuelo Fuentes
2007 Under the Same Moon Rosario
2008 Julia Elena
2008 Bad Guys Zena
2009 Down for Life Esther
2011 Without Men Esther
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


Year Title Role Notes
1991 Muchachitas Leticia
1992 Mágica juventud Fernanda
1994 Imperio de cristal Narda Lombardo
1995 Mujer, casos de la vida real "Aunque parezca mentira" (Season 11, Episode 12)
1996 Azul Alejandra
1997 Alguna vez tendremos alas Ana Hernández
1998 La mentira Verónica Fernández-Negrete
2000 Ramona Ramona Moreno
2001 El derecho de nacer María Elena del Junco
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 "Does Everybody Have a Drink?" (Season 2, Episode 4)
2009 Weeds Pilar Zuazo
  • "A Modest Proposal" (Season 5, Episode 6)
  • "A Distinctive Horn" (Season 5, Episode 8)
  • "Suck 'n' Spit" (Season 5, Episode 9)
  • "Glue" (Season 5, Episode 12)
  • "All About My Mom" (Season 5, Episode 13)
2009 El Pantera Coco
  • "Viene Coco" (Season 3, Episode 5)
  • "Cosecha de amapolas" (Season 3, Episode 6)
2009 Vidas cruzadas Mariana Also executive producer
2011 La Reina del Sur Teresa Mendoza "La Mexicana", "La Reina del Sur" 63 episodes
2011 CSI: Miami Anita Torres "Killer Regrets" (Season 10, Episode 5)
2012 Grimm Valentina Espinosa "La Llorona" (Season 2, Episode 9)
2013 Arranque de pasión Ela Rivella
2013 Dallas Sergeant Marisela Ruiz "J.R.'s Masterpiece" (Season 2, Episode 8)
2014 Killer Women Esmeralda Montero "Queen Bee" (Season 1, Episode 8)
2015 Dueños del paraíso Anastasia Cardona 69 episodes
2015 Jane the Virgin Luciana Leon
  • "Chapter Twenty-Five" (Season 2, Episode 25)
  • "Chapter Twenty-Six" (Season 2, Episode 26)
  • "Chapter Twenty-Eight" (Season 2, Episode 28)
2016 Telenovela Kate "Rivals" (Season 1, Episode 5)
2016 El Chema Teresa Mendoza "La Reina del Sur"


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). 2011-04-24. Retrieved 2011-09-04.
  2. "Las 25 mujeres más poderosas". People en Español (in Spanish). 2011-09-27. Retrieved 2011-09-29.
  3. "5 Things To Know About Reina del Sur Star Kate del Castillo". People. 2011-03-25. Retrieved 2011-09-04.
  4. "Smitten with actress, Mexico's 'Chapo' tripped up by flirting". Reuters. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
  5. http://www.peopleenespanol.com/article/kate-del-castillo-fue-novia-de-emilio-azcarraga-jean
  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 2016-01-18.
  8. http://www.peopleenespanol.com/article/kate-del-castillo-causa-revuelo-en-twitter
  9. http://aristeguinoticias.com/0901/mexico/lo-que-dijo-kate-del-castillo-sobre-el-chapo-en-aristegui-cnn-video/
  10. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jan/10/soap-actor-kate-del-castillo-el-chapo-mexico
  11. "Governments are hiding the cures for cancer and AIDS". Twextra (in Spanish). 2012-01-09. Retrieved 2012-01-09.
  12. "Mexican actress: Drug lord could be 'hero of heroes'". CNN. 2012-01-11. Retrieved 2012-01-11.
  13. "Del Castillo praises Guzman in Twextra posting". MSNBC. 2012-01-11. Retrieved 2012-01-11.
  14. "I believe more in El Chapo Guzmán than in the governments". Forbes. 2012-01-11. Retrieved 2012-01-11.
  15. 1 2 López-Dóriga, Joaquín. ""Ola ermoza"…". Milenio. Retrieved 13 January 2016.
  16. Penn, Sean (January 9, 2016). "El Chapo Speaks". Rolling Stone. Retrieved January 10, 2016.
  17. 1 2 3 Loret de Moda, Carlos. "'Hermosa', el nombre clave de Kate". El Universal. Retrieved 13 January 2016.
  18. "Mexico mounted huge manhunt to catch "El Chapo" Guzman". Associated Press. Retrieved 13 January 2016.
  19. "Kate del Castillo subpoenaed by Mexican prosecutors over 'Chapo' Guzmán dealing". Fox News Latino. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  20. http://www.eluniversal.com.mx/articulo/nacion/seguridad/2016/01/10/kate-del-castillo-jefa-de-plan-filmico-del-chapo
  21. "'El Chapo' associate Kate del Castillo investigated, Mexican official says". CNN. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
  22. "Mexican judge grants Del Castillo protection against arrest". Fox News. FOX News Network, LLC. 6 February 2016. Retrieved 9 February 2016.

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