Kate del Castillo, nominated for three theatre awards for "The Way She Spoke"

Kate del Castillo has become the first Mexican actress to be nominated for three prominent New York theater awards for her work in "The Way She Spoke," a play that addresses the systematic femicides in Ciudad Juarez, northern Mexico.

File:Kate del Castillo. Photo: Wikimedia
File:Kate del Castillo. Photo: Wikimedia

Del Castillo, 47, has been nominated for a Drama Desk Award in the category of best solo performance for "The Way She Spoke," a play directed by Jo Bonney, written by Isaac Gomez, produced by Audible, and held on Minetta Lane off-Broadway.

These awards, which will be announced on May 31st, recognize the work of Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Off-Off-Broadway productions - the latter two referring to plays outside the Mecca theatre circuit - and are voted on and awarded by theatre critics, journalists, publishers, and broadcasters covering theatre.

The Mexican woman could also win an award in the distinguished performance category of the Drama League Awards, created in 1922 to honor distinguished productions and performances both on and off-Broadway.

The Drama League awards are part of a long list of events that have had to be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, and the new date for the event is not yet known.

The third nomination came to Del Castillo from the Lucille Lortel Award, where she was nominated in the category of exceptional solo exhibition.

These awards, created in 1986, are named after Lortel, an actress and theater producer, and were broadcast live on May 3.

Since her first role at the age of 9, Kate del Castillo has acted in more than 27 films, 11 plays, and 9 soap operas, including "La Reina del Sur", which is broadcast on both Netflix and Telemundo.

Kate del Castillo's confessions about "El Chapo" Guzman

On January 12, 2016, the life of Mexican actress Kate del Castillo would change radically. What seemed to be an opening of doors to many opportunities, turned out to be a nightmare thanks to an interview that Sean Penn published in Rolling Stones magazine.

The protagonist of "The Queen of the South" and American actor Sean Penn went to one of the hideouts of one of the most powerful and most wanted drug traffickers in the world: Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman. They had dinner and met with him to learn a little more about his life, about which they were supposed to make a movie.

After that meeting, Del Castillo suffered persecution from the government of President Enrique Peña Nieto (2012-2018), and experienced the whirlwind of information generated in the media about that interview.

Today, almost at the beginning of 2020, there are many details that have yet to come to light about this controversial meeting between the actors and "El Chapo". That's why here are Kate's most controversial confessions about the drug trafficker serving a life sentence in the United States.

The five minutes alone with "El Chapo"

After that dinner, Guzmán Loera and the actress had five minutes alone. When that moment came out, there was a lot of speculation in the media about what happened in that short time, but in an interview with Aquí y Ahora, a section of Univisión Noticias.

In July 2016, journalist Jorge Ramos asked him about this event that caused so much controversy. "Maybe not in the context in which I wanted to. It fascinates them that if I had slept with Mr. Guzmán or not, I think it's very interesting for everyone," he said, but he confessed:

No, of course not. I wouldn't have thought of it there.

"What happened in those five minutes was that my whole life went through my mind," Kate admitted. This terror she experienced grew exponentially when the drug dealer touched her arm, but the fear ended seconds later".

"It was two seconds when my pressure dropped, my soul, but the way he touched my arm I knew he wasn't going to do anything to me and that I was in good hands," said the interpreter. "I am a woman and women know how men touch us. He could have grabbed me by the waist, he could have grabbed me even by the back. He was very gentlemanly with his hand, perhaps not to scare me, as he did with the weapons I didn't see," she said.

Years later, in 2019, the actress commented in an interview with the newspaper Milenio that she felt grateful to "El Chapo. "First, I would thank him for not touching me, for scaring me. To be grateful that I am alive," she said.

The answer to Emma Coronel, wife of Joaquín Guzmán

Del Castillo has commented on several occasions that the former leader of the Sinaloa Cartel granted her the rights to the content of the interview she conducted with Sean Penn are hers. In fact, in a video, the drug trafficker posted a video, which circulated on social networks, saying that it is exclusive content "for Miss Kate del Castillo".

In addition, the 43-year-old Mexican has also said that Guzmán Loera gave her the rights to his image so that she could make content about his life. In fact, at some point, she had a reaction from Emma Coronel, the narco's wife. The couple explained in a chat with Telemundo that "they will have to contact me because everything that has to do with Joaquín's life has to do with me".

In view of this, in an interview with her sister Veronica, presented on the program Suelta la Sopa, Kate pointed out that "while Mr. ("El Chapo") is alive, I have absolutely nothing, because he can change his opinion tomorrow or the day after".

The persecution of Enrique Peña Nieto

Kate del Castillo was a key player in the Attorney General's Office (PGR) recapturing Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán on January 8, 2016, in the Mochis, Sinaloa. However, the actress was unable to set foot in Mexico for almost three years due to the investigation opened against her.

Although Enrique Peña Nieto's administration investigated her for possible money laundering, no charges were filed against her. Therefore, in the interview with Univision, Jorge Ramos insinuated that her persecution could be for fear that she would say something inconvenient for the PRI government, to which she responded:

I don't know why that terrible hunt was for me. I've asked myself everything, why the attack so strong. I don't know, maybe that's one of them.

All these actions against her caused the actress to suffer financially to pay for the lawyers. "I'm broke. I have been paying lawyers in the United States and Mexico for several years," the Mexican star confessed to the Los Angeles Times.

Upon her return to Mexico, when the government of Andrés Manuel López Obrador began, Kate initiated legal proceedings against the previous administration and the PGR, now the Attorney General's Office.

She sued for the damages left by the investigation. She also requested an amount of $60 million, since she argued that she had stopped winning contracts, in addition to the smear she and her family suffered.

By Mexicanist