Rare is the person who pursues their childhood dreams of landing on the moon or chasing fires. Katherine Castro, a Dominican actress and film producer, is one of those rarities. Castro showed early signs of what she was destined to accomplish as a toddler who regularly danced, sang and acted for her family. Today, Castro’s completed her eleventh film, the action-thriller American Violence, which was recently released through video-on-demand.

Castro was born into a military family in the Dominican Republic and moved to the U.S. at just five years old. While there her parents noticed she had problems with balance and coordination. After seeing a doctor her path to the stage was made official. “The doctor’s prescription was to put me in dance classes,” she recalled.

After seeing Gene Kelly in Singin’ in the Rain she “knew that I wanted to perform some-how,” Castro said. “I was like, ‘You’re telling me that you can dance and sing and do that in a movie? Whoa! This is what I want to do for the rest of my life!’”

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Born to Dominican parents in NYC and raised in Passaic, NJ, in nearly a decade as an entertainment writer, Emmanuel Ureña has written for numerous publications, including VIBE, Latina.com, BET.com, LLERO, Urban Ink, Inked, and many others. When he’s not typing away on his MacBook, Ureña is reading fictional novels and comic books while enjoying ice-cold Blue Moon beers. You might also find him at a local tattoo shop getting some fresh ink!

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