Dec. 11th, 1985
Ciudad de México, México
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Karla Souza (born December 11, 1985) is a Mexican actress. In 2014, she was cast as Laurel Castillo on the ABC legal drama series, How to Get Away with Murder.
Born in Mexico City to a Chilean father and a Mexican mother. She lived in Aspen, Colorado until she was eight years old. She studied acting at Centro de Educación Artística, the famed acting school run by Mexican media giant, Televisa, in Mexico City. She also attended acting school in France and completed an intensive summer acting course in Moscow, Russia. In 2008, she completed a Bachelor of Arts in Acting at Central School of Speech and Drama in London. At 22, she returned to Mexico City and began acting in television and film.
During her four years in France, Souza was part of a professional Theatre Company and toured throughout France. She auditioned and was selected to participate in the French reality TV show, Star Academy, however, after getting an unconditional offer to join one of the best known acting schools in London (Central School of Speech and Drama), she declined the TV show opportunity and pursued her acting degree graduating in May 2008.
Near the end of her London studies, she received the CCP award in 2008, given to the most promising actress in London. She was selected to go to Moscow, Russia with Anatoly Smilianski for an acting intensive. Souza later traveled to present a showcase in New York and soon after was offered leading roles in Mexico City. Films she has been in include The Jesuit - script by Paul Schrader with Oscar nominee actors 'Tim Rot', 'Tommy Flanagan', 'Paz Vega' and 'Jose Maria Yazpik', From Prada To Nada produced by Lionsgate. Karla has had leading roles in numerous box office hits including the festival indie film El Efecto Tequila which competed in Sao Paulo, Cairo, Havana and the San Diego Film Festivals. Suave Patria became one of the highest grossing films in 2012.
2013 releases include her performance in the Romantic Comedy of the year Me Late Chocolate, followed by her acclaimed lead performance in the Warner Bros. box office hit Nosotros Los Nobles which NPR, CNN and the Hollywood Reporter have confirmed is the highest grossing film in Mexican Film History.
Souza is also featured in the Pantelion comedy, Instructions Not Included, which has become the highest grossing Spanish-language film to open in US history. TV series include Persons Unknown (Fox Television Studio), Heroes del Norte (with unprecedented ratings both in Mexico and the USA), and the leading role in the controversial series Niño Santo (Gael Garcia and Diego Luna's production Company CANANA).
Theatre and Musical performances include Avenue Q and The Sound of Music (Leisl). She also produced and acted in a play by John Kolvenbach, Love Song. Karla continues studying with internationally renowned acting coaches like Fernando Piernas.
Souza is trilingual: fluent in Spanish, English, and French. In December 2013, she became engaged to American Marshall Trenkmann. The couple married in California in May 2014.
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