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Kate del Castillo is Again in Motion for ‘La Reina del Sur’ Season 3

Enjoying the anti-hero Teresa Mendoza in Telemundo’s hit drama “La Reina del Sur” (Queen of the South) has turn into second nature to its star, Kate del Castillo. In a method, her hectic profession as a producer, actor and entrepreneur, mirrors her character’s upstream wrestle towards patriarchy — sans the weapons and contraband.

Talking through Zoom from the U.Okay. the place she’s engaged on the indie movie “A Cuban Lady’s Information to Tea & Tomorrow” with director Katherine Fairfax Wright, del Castillo mirrored on the parallels between managing the challenges of her multi-faceted profession with these confronted by Mendoza within the present’s long-awaited third season, which premieres Oct. 18 on Telemundo. “La Reina” is a co-production of Telemundo and Netflix, which has worldwide rights to the sequence.

The brand new season sees the titular La Reina taking over the brutal male-dominated cartels of South America as soon as once more, choosing up 4 years after U.S. authorities convicted her for the murders of three drug enforcement brokers. The season opens with Mendoza raging inside a cell the place she’s been in solitary confinement for 1,493 days.

Revisiting her on-screen alter-ago required some changes, given the storyline for Mendoza.

Based mostly on Spanish journalist Arturo Perez-Reverte’s eponymous novel, the sequence has been Telemundo’s most formidable sequence manufacturing thus far, which culminated in an Worldwide Emmy award for Season 2.

“La Reina” emerged as an enormous hit for Telemundo in 2011 because the community started experimenting with shorter drama sequence designed to run for a number of seasons moderately than the normal telenovela format that has been the staple of Spanish-language TV. Season 2 of “La Reina” arrived seven years later in 2019. Season 3 spans 60 episodes.

This time round, in distinction to earlier iterations that noticed Teresa Mendoza shifting by means of Europe and different components of the world, Season 3 showcases solely Latin America. Lensing passed off at such iconic locales as Bolivia’s Uyuni Salt Flat, Machu Picchu in Peru, Argentina’s glaciers and Santa Marta in Colombia.

As she has earlier than, del Castillo labored practically eight months on the sequence, with this season capturing at some 300 places throughout Colombia, Bolivia, Peru, Argentina and Mexico. Other than maintaining with the hectic itinerary, the manufacturing needed to observe strict COVID protocols.

“We had been so afraid the manufacturing must shut down sooner or later however we had been fortunate,” del Castillo recalled. Mockingly, she caught the virus as soon as she was again house in Los Angeles.

Revisiting her on-screen alter-ago required some changes, given the storyline for Mendoza.

“The toughest half was shedding pounds. Nobody requested me to however I assumed that somebody in solitary confinement for years would absolutely shed some pounds,” she identified, including: “That was difficult, I wasn’t consuming in any respect!”

The third season of “La Reina del Sur” was penned by Lina Uribe and Darío Vanegas. Administrators included Carlos Bolado, Carlos Villegas and Claudia Pedraza.Marcos Santana, who stepped down from his earlier position as Telemundo International Studios president in January, serves as government producer and showrunner of the sequence, together with fellow government producers Ximena Cantuarias of Telemundo and AG Studios’ Rodrigo Guerrero.

Within the practically dozen years since “La Reina” made del Castillo a star within the U.S., the actor who first made her mark as a telenovela star in her native Mexico has additionally starred within the Netflix drama sequence “Ingobernable.” She produced the Netflix documentary “The Day I Met El Chapo,” about her fateful journey in 2016 with actor Sean Penn to satisfy the now-incarcerated drug cartel chief Joaquin Guzman in his hideout. She additionally launched her personal manufacturing firm, Cholawood Productions, and starred in a number of movies.

In 2019, Cholawood signed a first-look pact with Mexico Metropolis-based Endemol Shine Boomdog, a division of Banijay Americas.

She holds conferences “each single day” along with her Cholawood companions, Carmen Cervantes and Jessica Maldonado who run the corporate. “We’re Latinas, we’re girls, so we now have to remain up to the mark,” she remarked.

Cholawood is now in post-production on “A Stunning Lie,” a up to date Spanish-language tackle Leo Tolstoy’s “Anna Karenina,” which it produced with Endemol Shine Boomdog. The six-episode sequence shot in Mexico Metropolis early this 12 months with del Castillo taking part in the lead. 

“We’re re-telling a narrative with robust feminine characters the place infidelity is a significant factor. We will even tackle varied psychological well being points, together with postpartum melancholy, and the sometimes-disastrous impression social media can have on individuals’s lives, particularly public figures,” del Castillo defined when the undertaking was introduced. “It’s a contemporary twist from a feminine perspective.”

The action-thriller film “Looking Ava Bravo,” which Cholawood co-produced with Spain’s The Mediapro Studio, dropped August 19 on Amazon Prime Video in Mexico and Latin America and on Roku within the U.S.

Amongst Cholawood’s varied tasks in improvement is a late-night discuss present, with del Castillo internet hosting. “It’s time we had extra feminine discuss present hosts,” she stated.

In her spare time, del Castillo additionally oversees an award-winning tequila enterprise, Honor. Her success on the earth of spirits has not been straightforward, nor merely a matter of lending her identify to a liquor model.

“To be sincere, it’s a really macho enterprise. I’m the one Mexican (feminine) celeb who owns a tequila enterprise. It’s been actually exhausting however am so pleased with it,” she stated.

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