Red Carpet Interview
HFA Recipient – 24th Annual LA Music Awards
Multilingual and world traveled Dominican Republic-born actress, Katherine Castro is the only girl amongst her four siblings where artistic talent and passion were obvious from the start. From her toddler years she would put on shows, sing, dance and perform for her family and visiting guests.
Katherine’s parents noticed she was having problems with coordination and balance. Upon a doctor’s recommendation she was enrolled in ballet, jazz, tap and gymnastics. Not only did she achieve balance and coordination, Katherine quickly became one of the most outstanding dancers in her school, winning numerous dance competitions while drawing comparisons to Rita Moreno.
By her mid-teens her on-camera talent emerged leading to a series of national commercials, and at 17 she became the host of a daily national variety show, simultaneously landing a recurring role in the weekly series ‘El Sótano’.
Before leaving the Dominican Republic for California to expand on her chosen career path Katherine hosted ‘Música en 1/4 de Hora for Show Del Mediodía’, and ‘A MIL’ where she was honored to have worked with one of the most beloved and influential personalities in the History of Dominican TV, the late Freddy Beras Goico, on his late night show ‘Punto Final’.
In 2007 Katherine made a permanent move to the entertainment capital of the world, Los Angeles. She began training with renowned acting teacher Aaron Speiser (coach for Will Smith, Gerard Butler, and Virginia Madsen), where she continues to be a member of his esteemed Master Class, as well as broadening her range of dialects, voice and singing with Susan Rumor, Academy Award-winning actress Marion Cotillard’s dialect coach for ‘Public Enemies’.
Although dedicated to her acting profession, Katherine’s love and passion for dance and movement led her to study Capoeira (Brazilian Martial Arts), Flamenco (with Celina Zambón), and Aerial- Silk trapeze. She expanded her training further at the Millennium Dance Complex leaning hip-hop, extreme martial arts and acrobatic gymnastics with Osei “Axé” Vita (trainer for Willow and Jaden Smith, Taylor Lautner).
Katherine’s recent film roles include ‘El Gallo’ filmed in Santo Domingo and directed by the highly acclaimed actor Juan Fernandez de Alarcon (‘The Collector’, ‘A Man Apart’), ‘Silent Cry’ filmed in San Francisco and Paris, the sci-fi thriller ‘Subject 7′ and the crime thriller ‘Pulse of the Indigo’ all set with 2013 release dates.
When not filming or traveling, Katherine lends her time and talents to non-profit organizations including Make A Film Foundation and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.