Under the Same Moon
Imagen Award-winning Mexican actress Kate del Castillo, daughter of legendary actor Eric del Castillo, was launched to prominence as the star of the popular soap opera “Muchachitas” (1991), which led to performances in other successful shows and movies, including “Imperio De Crystal” (1995), “La Mentira/The Lie” (1998), “Ramona” (2000) and “El Derecho De Nacer/The Right to be Born” (2001). She debuted in America with PBS' “American Family” (2002), in which she was cast as a ballerina and the wife of Esai Morales.
A loved and respected actress, Kate made her big screen debut in her father's “Los de abajo” when she was six years old. She later won a Huelva Latin American Film Festival Award and was nominated for an Ariel Award for her portrayal of an exotic dancer and prostitute from Bolivia in “American Visa” (2005). She also picked up a Silver Goddess nomination from the Mexican Cinema Journalists for her starring role of an illegal U.S. immigrant in “La misma luna/Under the Same Moon” (2007). Other film credits include Gregory Nava's “Bordertown” (2006, with Jennifer Lopez, Antonio Banderas, and Martin Sheen), “Lime Salted Love” (2006, with Kristanna Loken), “Trade” (2007, with Kevin Kline), “The Black Pimpernel” (2007), “Julia” (2008, with Tilda Swinton) and “Bad Guys” (2008). She will costar with Danny Glover and Snoop Dogg in the upcoming drama “Por vida/For Life” (2009).
After her short-lived marriage to famed Mexican soccer player Luis García ended in 2004, Kate was romantically involved with fellow Mexican actor Demian Bichir (born on August 1, 1963). On September 3, 2003, she was rumored to have been engaged to actor/singer/model Aaron Diaz, who is ten years her junior.
Kate is an extreme sports fan. She was named one of People (Spanish version) magazine's “Estrellas del Año” (Stars of the Year, 2007).
Childhood and Family:
Kate del Castillo Negrete Trillo was born on October 23, 1972, in Mexico City, Mexico. She is the daughter of Eric del Castillo, a well-known Mexican actor, and Kate Trillo. She has one sister, Verónica, and one half-brother, Ponciano, from her father's previous relationship.
On February 3, 2001, Kate married soccer player Luis García. The couple divorced in September 1, 2004.
Kate Del Castillo first appeared in front of the film camera at age 6 in the based-on-novel “Los de abajo” (1978), which starred her father. She later appeared in Jorge Manrique's melodrama “El último escape/The Last Escape” (1980), and in the drama “Las sobrinas del diablo” (1983), which was directed by and starred her father. She then disappeared from the screen for a number of years and in 1991, resurfaced in the action film “Ambición sangrienta” (1991), for which she was reunited with filmmaker Jorge Manrique.
However, Kate was not propelled to fame until she starred as Leticia in the television soap “Muchachitas” (1991). The soap opera was a huge hit in Mexico and in other Latin America countries such as Puerto Rico, Peru, and Venezuela, and among Hispanic viewers in the United States.
Following the big breakthrough, Kate could be seen in highly-rated soap operas like “Magica Juventud” (1992, as Fernanda), “Imperio De Crystal” (1995, as Narda Lombardo), “Azul “(1996, as Alejandra), “Alguna vez Tendremos Alas” (1997, as Ana Hernández) and “La Mentira/The Lie” (1998, as Verónica Fernández Negrete-Montesinos de Azúnsolo). She also resumed her film career by taking on roles in Valentín Trujillo's “Amor que mata” (1994), Alejandro Gamboa's “Educación sexual en breves lecciones” (1997) and Javier Montaño's “Sendero mortal II” (1999).
Entering the new millennium, Kate played the title role in “Ramona” (2000), which was adapted from the Helen Hunt Jackson novel of the same name. She then starred as María Elena del Junco in the impressive soap “El Derecho De Nacer/The Right to be Born” (2001) and Miranda Murillo Ortiz in “Bajo La Misma Piel” (2003). Kate made her American debut playing ballerina Ofelia in the PBS drama series “American Family” (2002). Costars of the series included Edward James Olmos, Kurt Caceres, Constance Marie, Austin Marques, Eddy Martin, A.J. Lamas, and Esai Morales.
In 2002 and 2003, Kate joined Argentinean actor Saul Lisaz in an international tour of “Cartas de Amor/Love Letters.” She then costarred with Alejandro Abeijón and Tonny Batres in “Avisos de ocasión” (2004), a disappointing Mexican comedy directed and written by Henry Bedwell. It was her next role in the Bolivia/Mexico-produced film “American Visa” (2005), directed and written by Bolivian filmmaker Juan Carlos Valdivia, that brought the actress critical acclaim. Costarring with one time lover Demián Bichir, she played Blanca, a Bolivian exotic dancer and prostitute, and was handed an award for Best Actress at the 2006 Huelva Latin American Film Festival and a Silver Ariel nomination for Best Actress (Mejor Actriz) at the Ariel Awards.
The following year, Kate appeared in the American movie “Bordertown,” which was written and directed by Oscar nominated Gregory Nava. The film starred Jennifer Lopez, Antonio Banderas, Martin Sheen, Maya Zapata and Sonia Braga and premiered at the Brussels International Festival of Fantasy Films in April 2006, and the Berlin International Film Festival in February 2007, where it was nominated for the Golden Berlin Bear. It eventually received a direct-to-video release in the U.S. in January 2008. Still in 2006, Kate also worked with Kristanna Loken, Joe Hall and David J. O'Donnell in the independent drama “Lime Salted Love,” which premiered at the Whistler Film Festival on December 1, 2006.
In 2007, Kate supported Kevin Kline, Cesar Ramos, Paulina Gaitán and Alicja Bachleda-Curuś in the Sundance-screened “Trade,” a German film directed by Marco Kreuzpaintner. She also portrayed Consuelo Fuentes in the Swedish feature “The Black Pimpernel,” and Rosario in the Mexican film “La misma luna/Under the Same Moon” (released in the U.S. in 2008), which was directed by Patricia Riggen. For her role of Rosario, she won a 2009 Silver Goddess nomination for Best Actress (Mejor Actriz) with the Mexican Cinema Journalists.
In 2008, Kate played a mother named Elena in “Julia,” a thriller starring Tilda Swinton that was directed by Erick Zonca. She then portrayed Zena in the action film “Bad Guys” (2008), which won the Audience Choice Award and the Best Producer award at the Beverly Hills Film Festival. As for her upcoming film project, Kate will play Esther in “Por vida/For Life” (2009), directed by Alan Jacobs. Her costars in the drama include Danny Glover, Laz Alonso, Snoop Dogg and Nicholas Gonzalez.
Imagen Foundation: Imagen Award, 2008
Huelva Latin American Film Festival: Silver Colon, Best Actress, “American Visa,” 2006