After her family returned to the Dominican Republic Castro continued studying dance and took up music lessons as well. As a teen she appeared in several TV commercials and even hosted a daily variety show. Despite this success she lost her passion for entertaining and went on to college, received a BA in journalism and planned a political career. That is until her five-year-old entertainer within came calling. “I started hearing, ‘Did you forget that you said that you wanted to go to Hollywood and be an actress?’” she recalled.

She returned to the States and took summer classes at the New York Film Academy which was ironically in Los Angeles. A few short months there were enough to convince Castro to relocate permanently and pursue acting full time.

While waiting for her residency to be approved, Castro worked with acting coach Aaron Speiser who’s trained the likes of Will Smith and Jennifer Lopez. It was Speiser who helped Castro produce an audition tape for the director of American Violence.

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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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