Mexican actress in case of bad timing
MEXICAN actress Kate del Castillo says her involvement in actor Sean Penn’s interview with drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has cost her acting jobs and a “macho” Mexican government is persecuting her only because she’s a woman.
Del Castillo had to shoot her upcoming Netflix series “Ingobernable” – or “Ungovernable” – in the United States because she fears she’ll be detained if she returns to Mexico.
The actress still faces government accusations of obstruction of justice and money laundering related to the 2015 meeting with the Sinaloa cartel leader, who was on the run after his second escape from a Mexican prison.
In an interview with The Associated Press, del Castillo said she’s grateful to Netflix for standing by her.
“It’s not been a good year,” she said. “I couldn’t work because people didn’t want me, because they were afraid.”
Del Castillo launched a campaign this week with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, calling on Miami Seaquarium to release its orca named Lolita into a coastal sanctuary.
Now living in Los Angeles, de Castillo said she won’t let her exile from Mexico dampen her activism, though she does worry about her parents’ security in Mexico. Del Castillo laughed at the irony of starring in “Ingobernable” as the first lady of Mexico (“The timing is no bueno for me,” she said).