Kate del Castillo, the star of La Reina del Sur, does not regret becoming a major player in the El Chapo saga but admitted that she “hated” the fact that she had to have a double for Mexico-set scenes of the Telemundo narco drama.
Del Castillo, speaking on day one of TCA, said that she was not able to shoot her scenes of the drama, which returns to the NBCU-backed Spanish-language broadcaster after eight years, because of “her little thing” with the drug lord. However, she revealed that she has since returned to Mexico.
The Jane the Virgin star helped set up a meeting between Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán in 2015 and Sean Penn in 2015. She was not charged with any crimes as a result of the incident but has accused former President Enrique Pena Nieto’s prosecutors of leaking information that she was linked to drug trafficking.
“That was an episode of my life that I do not regret at all – it’s an experience that I will keep [with] myself forever. I regret I didn’t follow my instincts,” she said, adding that she wasn’t following the trial closely but was happy that she has not been called to testify.
She said the incident cost her money as a result of not scoring much work – outside of Netflix’s Ingobernable – that caused her an issue because she didn’t earn “Angelina Jolie money”.
But she added, “I went back to Mexico this Christmas. Legally I could go back a year ago but my lawyers said ‘we don’t want you to go down there while the presidency is still on’. As soon as Pena Nieto was out I could go back more confident. That’s why I spent Christmas with my parents.”
After nearly a decade, she has reprised her role as Teresa Mendoza in the return of the show, set to debut this spring in 2019 on Telemundo. The original story, based on the novel of the same by Arturo Perez-Reverte, follows Mendoza’s climb to the top of the male-dominated Narco world that trafficked drugs on a global scale.
Joining Del Castillo in the new season, which shot on location in seven countries, are Raoul Bova (Under the Tuscan Sun), Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight), Paola Nuñez (The Son), Antonio Gil (Quantum of Solace), and legendary novela actor Humberto Zurita. The series will pick up eight years after the events of the finale where audiences learned that Mendoza was pregnant and unsure of her future. When La Reina returns, audiences learn she’s disappeared into the U.S. Federal Witness Protection Program and is currently living in Italy under the name of Maria Dantes with her daughter Sofia (Isabella Sierra).
Del Castillo said that she was pleased to bring back the character, particularly as no one expected another season as there was no second book, and that the new season of the show will have English subtitles on Telemundo.