Kate del Castillo is back in action for ‘La Reina del Sur’ Season 3

Playing the anti-hero Teresa Mendoza in the popular Telemundo movie “La Reina del Sur” (Queen of the South) became second to its star, Kate del Castillo. In a way, his hard work as an actor, actor and entrepreneur, reflects his character’s struggle against the patriarchy – not guns and consumerism.

Speaking on Zoom from the UK where he is working on the indie film “A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea & Tomorrow” with director Katherine Fairfax Wright, del Castillo reflected on the similarities between the managing the problems of his public business with those faced by Mendoza. in the long-awaited third season, starting on October 18 on Telemundo. “La Reina” is a joint production of Telemundo and Netflix, which owns the international rights to the series.

The new season sees the titular La Reina take on the male-dominated cartels of South America, reuniting four years after US authorities convicted her of killing three drug enforcers. The season begins with Mendoza languishing in a cell where he has been in solitary confinement for 1,493 days.

Revisiting it on the alter-front page required some changes, given the history of Mendoza.

Based on the eponymous story by Spanish writer Arturo Perez-Reverte, it is Telemundo’s most produced series to date, which culminated in an International Emmy Award for Season 2.

“La Reina” emerged as a big hit for Telemundo in 2011 as the network began experimenting with short-lived drama series designed to run for multiple seasons before a traditional telenovela that has become a staple of Spanish-language TV. Season 2 of “La Reina” arrived seven years later in 2019. Season 3 has 60 episodes.

This time around, unlike the previous experiences that saw Teresa Mendoza moving in Europe and other parts of the world, Season 3 Shows only Latin America. Lensing has taken place in such diverse locations as Bolivia’s Uyuni Salt Flat, Machu Picchu in Peru, Argentina’s glaciers and Santa Marta in Colombia.

As before, del Castillo worked for about eight months on the series, with this season shooting about 300 locations in Colombia, Bolivia, Peru, Argentina and Mexico. In addition to managing the hectic travel, the operation must follow strict COVID protocols.

“We were very worried that the work would be closed at some point but we were lucky,” del Castillo recalled. Ironically, he got sick when he was back home in Los Angeles.

Revisiting it on the alter-front page required some changes, given the history of Mendoza.

“The hardest part was losing the weight. No one asked me but I thought it was hard to be in prison for years,” he pointed out, adding: “That’s hard, I’m not eating!”

The third season of “La Reina del Sur” was written by Lina Uribe and Darío Vanegas. The directors are Carlos Bolado, Carlos Villegas and Claudia Pedraza. Marcos Santana, who left his previous role as Telemundo Global Studios president in January, serves as executive producer and showrunner of the series, along with executive colleagues Ximena Cantuarias of Telemundo and AG Rodrigo Guerrero.

In the twelve years since “La Reina” made del Castillo a star in America, the actor who first made it as a telenovela star in his native Mexico has also starred in he’s in the Netflix drama series “Ingobernable.” He produced the Netflix documentary “The Day I Met El Chapo,” about his 2016 trip with actor Sean Penn to meet now-imprisoned drug cartel leader Joaquin Guzman. in his secret place. He founded his own production company, Cholawood Productions, and starred in many films.

In 2019, Cholawood signed a preview deal with Mexico City-based Endemol Shine Boomdog, a division of Banijay Americas.

He holds “daily” meetings with his Cholawood partners, Carmen Cervantes and Jessica Maldonado who run the company. “We’re Latinas, we’re women, so we have to stay on top of things,” she said.

Cholawood is currently in production on “A Beautiful Lie,” a Spanish-language adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s “Anna Karenina,” produced with Endemol Shine Boomdog. The six-part series was shot in Mexico City earlier this year with del Castillo playing the title role.

“We’re telling a story with strong female characters where disbelief is important. We’re also talking about mental health issues, including postpartum depression, and the sometimes-destructive effects of social media. in people’s lives, especially the public,” del Castillo explained when the project was announced. “This is a new trend from a women’s perspective.”

The action adventure film “Hunting Ava Bravo,” produced by Cholawood with Spain’s The Mediapro Studio, was released August 19 on Amazon Prime Video in Mexico and Latin America and on Roku in the US.

Among Cholawood’s various projects in development is a late-night talk show, hosted by del Castillo. “It’s about time there were more female talk show hosts,” she said.

In his spare time, del Castillo also runs a successful tequila company, Honor. His success in the spiritual world was not easy, nor was his name given to incense.

“Honestly, it’s a very macho profession. I am the only famous Mexican (woman) who owns a tequila business. It’s very difficult but I’m proud of it,” he said.

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