Women We Love: Katherine Castro

Katherine Castro might not be a name you’re familiar with in North America, but you will be soon enough. The sultry Dominican-born actress and producer has been on the TV scene in the Carribbean since she was a teenager, having hosted and starred in a number of nationally-broadcast Spanish language programs in the Dominican Republic. Since hitting LA in 2007 she’s been powerhousing her way up the ranks in indie film on both sides of the camera, working with noted acting coach Aaron Speiser and honing her skills in martial arts, music, dance, and production. With the pending premiere of her latest star feature, Pulse of the Indigo, Katherine is poised to stake out her place in Hollywood.

Name: Katherine Castro

Occupation: Actress/Producer

Education: BA in Social Communications

How did you get started in your current career track?

It all began when I was a child really, when I was the entertainer of my parents’ guests any time they were visiting. When I was five, my parents enrolled me in a dance school where I took ballet, jazz, tap and gymnastics. At the time, we lived in Alexandria, VA, since my dad was working at the Dominican Embassy in Washington D.C.. That’s when I discovered Judy Garland (The Wizard Of Oz) Gene Kelly (Singing in the Rain), Fred Astaire (Easter Parade) and Grease. I saw these films and thought to myself, you can do all this and make a movie? It swept me off my feet. It was love at first sight. I knew that’s what I wanted to do the rest of my life. I also knew at 7 years old that I wanted to move to Los Angeles to be an actress!

We moved back to the Dominican Republic where I continued with my dancing studies and I got involved in media (TV, film, commercials, production, etc.), but the industry at the time was very limited and I really never forgot about my desire to move to LA. So I did exactly that in 2007! I enrolled in the NYFA one-year Acting for Film program, then continued scene study lessons with Aaron Speiser, voice, singing performance, all while working on numerous student and independent films. I also got into producing which led me to executive produce the short Subject 7, which got picked up and is currently being developed into a feature film. Early last year a writer friend of mine had seen the casting notice for Pulse Of The Indigo and encouraged me to submit, and the rest is history.

What gives you the most satisfaction as an artist?

Knowing that your work somehow moved and touched and made a difference on another human being, whether it was someone involved in the production or on a major scale; an audience. That’s the most rewarding!

What motivates and inspires your work?

A challenge. When someone tells me that I cannot do something it gives me fuel to do it! Rejection inspires me because it makes me look more into myself and discover different and new ways of doing things and about myself. Falling down and standing back up…life experience inspires me.

Do you have a personal work philosophy?

“If you can dream it you can do it” –Walt Disney

I don’t take no for an answer. Just do it! Don’t wait or expect for anyone to do your work for anything for you. Also, something I like to call P3D: Passion, Preparation, Perseverance and Dedication. Love what you do with you entire being; live it, breathe it, feel it. If you don’t then you’re in the wrong field (whatever your field). Also, be professional and treat EVERYONE with kindness and respect. Truly, what goes around comes around

If you weren’t doing this, what could you see yourself doing?

Coming from a military family, I could see myself being a Secret Intelligence Service Agent

What are you working on right now?

I’m about to premiere and promote my film Pulse of The Indigo in Los Angeles and in the Dominican Republic. I’m also working on the project “Stripped”. It’s a seven episode web series, which will subsequently be edited into a short film. It’s a highly stylized neo noir crime thriller in the narrative vein of The Town meets Reservoir Dogs. We begin production in August. It’s a very exciting project.

What do you first notice about a guy?
His posture–the way he carries himself. And his eyes.

What gets you interested?
His Intellect and wit…and I recently discovered that man that knows how to cook and bake definitely sparks my interest…who knew?

What keeps you interested?
Confidence. A man that can take charge and has initiative. A gentleman. Good manners. Kind, generous and considerate to others. A person that shows interest in learning about other cultures and world affairs. Someone that respects my space and freedom. Passionate, driven and definitely someone that makes me laugh!

What’s your number one deal breaker?
Usually a first date takes place in a restaurant, so a definite deal breaker is rudeness to the servers, or anyone for that matter.

To stay in shape, what’s your basic diet look like? 

I eat everything I like in moderation. All of my favorite foods are considered healthy: a lot leafy greens, veggies, fruits, lean protein, but when it comes to sweets, well I do have a sweet tooth so I reward myself at least once a week having a sweet bite. It’s usually very dark chocolate (my favorite)

What sort of fitness plan, if any, do you follow? 

I work out six times a week (when my schedule allows it because I travel a lot). I mix it with cardio, Pilates with my trainer and Hollywood Cardio Barre. I like mixing it up to keep it fun, challenging and interesting.

What’s next for you? What’s you next big idea or project?

After I return from shooting Stripped in Milwaukee, I’m going to the DR for the feature 10 Subjects. I’m in conversations for executive producing a feature and I’m in the process of developing a script for another feature.

Favorite work out tip: The best time to work out is in the morning. It boosts the metabolism and it keeps you burning through out the entire day. Also drink coffee before doing cardio and before your workout in general. It’s an energy booster that will help you burn more.

Favorite Recipe: My mom’s Moro de habichuelas negras. It’s a Dominican dish. Rice and black beans cooked together. I like to make it with brown rice. Hands down my absolute favorite!

iPhone or Android: I like my fruits. iPhone all the way!

What are you driving: A sports car.

One thing guys should know when talking to a beautiful woman: Don’t try too hard. Just be yourself!

I love animated films! Finding Nemo, Monsters Inc, Madagascar, The Emperor’s New Groove…the list goes on, and I’m a sucker for Looney Tunes cartoons. Bugs Bunny, Yosemite Sam, Daffy Duck; they make me laugh until my tears come out.

Katherine Castro online: www.katherinecastro.com

Katherine Castro on Facebook: www.facebook.com/OfficialKatherineCastro

Katherine Castro on Twitter: www.twitter.com/katcastroo

Katherine Castro on IMDB: www.imdb.me/katherinecastro