Karla Souza

When you’ve become one of the shining stars of “Shonda Land” it’s safe to say you’ve had a good pretty good year. That’s exactly what Karla Souza has done. 2017 saw the Mexicana actress continue her duties as Laurel Castillo on the Shonda Rhimes hit legal series How To Get Away With Murder, but also venture onto the big screen with the endearing indie comedy Everybody Loves Somebody.

Yet, Souza is no overnight sensation. Before hitting it big in the U.S. there was extensive international training. She began plying her trade at Centro de Educación Artística, the famed acting school run by Mexican media giant, Televisa, in Mexico City. It was then off to France, where she attended acting school and was part of a professional theatre company that toured throughout the country. Next up was an offer to join one of the best known acting schools in London – Central School of Speech and Drama – in 2008. Near the end of her London studies, she received the CCP award, given to the most promising actress in London. Yes, that’s right the most promising actress in the country.

In 2009, it was time to deliver on that promise. She debuted in the Mexican telenovela Verano de amor, and in the Mexican sitcoms Los Héroes del Norte and La Clinica. But the small screen or her native Mexico could not contain this talent and slowly but surely bigger and better film roles beckoned. First in the indie From Prada to Nada, then Nosotros los Nobles and finally the critical darling Instructions Not Included. Then there was the big break when she was cast as law student Laurel Castillo opposite Viola Davis on How to Get Away with Murder. There has been no looking back since.
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2018 looks just as promising, aside from another season of How to Get Away with Murder, she will be appearing in feature film The Jesuit, along-side Ron Perlman and Tim Roth and Jacobs Ladder with fellow Shonda Land colleague Jesse Williams.

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