Landing the role of Isabella, the estranged daughter of a Mexican cartel boss that is warring with a Russian mob family, she immediately related. “American Violence shows us that regardless of our cultural differences we all seek the same things: love and connection,” she said. The film became more than a role. Castro signed on to be its’ executive producer—something she’s done before and that she advises every up-and-coming actor to do at least once. “I [did it] because I think all actors intrinsically are producers,” she explained. “When you’re in a project you want [it] to be seen.” It’s the reason why Castro has produced other projects as well as her own, mostly short films that have allowed her to showcase various sides.

Although Castro has been involved in different aspects of entertainment from television to business, she understands what’s needed to keep her fire from being extinguished once more. “If you really want to be an actor, you have to be passionate about it,” she say. “You have to eat being an actor, dream about it, live it and breathe it!”

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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,,, 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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