More than a decade since Kate del Castillo became Teresa Mendoza, La Reina del Sur (Queen of the South), a huge hit that broke records for Telemundo in her debut season in 2011, the actress is back in the role that brought her international fame. Ahead of the Season 3 premiere, she shared how her character evolved from a naive young woman to a powerful drug trafficker.
“Destiny forced her into a world she did not want, a world of men, where she had to fight many evils and made margaritas with lemons,” says del Castillo.
“I also think my character, Teresa Mendoza, is the anti-heroine. She is real, she is raw, she has a lot of flaws. She has a lot of flaws and she makes mistakes all the time. So she is real … she can be very tough, but she is also very vulnerable. She is also a mother, she loves like a mother and protects not only her daughter, but everyone … who is her people. “
The third season begins with Teresa in prison.
“After four years of total confinement, Teresa is determined to break out of prison to seek justice. We have completely moved away from the plot of drug trafficking. It is about her pursuit of justice. We are also addressing important issues, such as human trafficking … an extraordinary story overall, “he says.
“Adding actors and an amazing production and all the values you will see in this third season are incredible. We are on the same level as any American show … We were number one in the first. [season] in its time slot, regardless of language. So we beat ABC, CBS, NBC, which is great for me. It’s a real crossover when you do it in your language, which is really cool. “
And to think that he almost got the role …
“I had been looking for that role for a long time, when it was initially going to be made into a movie. It went through a lot of directors and actresses. Everyone wanted to be Teresa Mendoza and no one would even look at me until they stopped making a movie and it became a series. I never imagined it would be such a success. It was a big surprise for everyone. “
The once-Mexican soap opera actress acknowledges La Reina del Sur influenced his life.
“It was a turning point in my career. I already had a solid career, but this character was loved by everyone and brought me to a much wider global audience. He changed me as a person and throughout my career.”
One that paved the way for other starring roles in the Telemundo series, opportunities in Hollywood on television and in film, including Bad boys for life, two seasons of Netflix Ungovernable And Till death do Us part, which debuted on Peacock in September, among others. He also started his own production company, Cholawood, to create his own projects.
In the meantime, celebrate the past success of the last two seasons of La Reina del Sur. He firmly believes that the third season will be another success.
Get ready for plenty of Hollywood-worthy explosions and action sequences, plus performances by a stellar cast including Pêpê Rapazote (Queen of the south, without shame), Humberto Zurita (La Querida del Centauro, La Reina del Sur), Isabella Sierra (La Reina del Sur 2, 100 Días para Enamorarnos), Kika Edgar (La Reina del Sur 2, Mujeres Asesinas), Alessandro Calva (La Reina del Sur, Mrs. Acero), Tiago Correa (La Reina del Sur 2, La Casa de las Flores), Eduardo Yáñez (La Reina del Sur 2, False identity), Lincoln Palomeque (La Reina del Sur, Mrs. Acero) Antonio Gil (La Reina del Sur 2), Emmanuel Orenday (La Reina del Sur, Mrs. Acero), Cuca Escribano (La Reina del Sur), Sara Vidorreta (La Reina del Sur), Agata Clares (La Reina del Sur) and Dmitry Anisimov (La Reina del Sur).
Season 3 of La Reina del Sur will premiere Tuesday, October 18 at 9pm ET / PT on Telemundo, which holds the exclusive rights in the US and Puerto Rico.
Netflix has the exclusive rights to the rest of the world for OTT. The streamer has yet to announce when the series will be available on his platform.