The daughter of a popular Mexican soap opera actor, the beautiful Kate del Castillo had been a working actress for over a decade when she had her big breakthrough in the telenovela Muchachitas in 1991. She worked on a number of those programs for the next ten years, and then had a successful run with a worldwide tour of the play Love Letters. Her fame became large enough that the Spanish language version of People magazine named her one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world in 2011. Castillo was married for more than three years to soccer player Luis Garcia, and she was also hitched to fellow Mexican actor Aaron Diaz, for just shy of two years.
In addition to her acting work, Castillo has taken many public political positions, some of which were considered controversial. She has worked to stop human trafficking, and has done work with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
She has appeared in a handful of films including Bordertown, No Good Deed, and provided a voice for the animated movie The Book of Life. She also has appeared on the television programs CSI: Miami, Grimm, and she enjoyed a recurring part in the fifth season of the Showtime series Weeds, where she played a political power broker and was a nemesis to the program's main character.