By Ryan McPherson
Sara Castro is perhaps best known for playing Genesis Ochoa’s mother and starring alongside Danny Glover. A native Chicagoan, she landed in California to pursue a career in journalism. Thankfully this didn’t work out for her, because we don’t know anything about her writing, but there’s no doubt she would’ve made us look like amateurs. It’s safe to assume she was born to succeed at something and we’re just glad it was acting.
Castro is extremely talented, as sweet as they come, and for whatever reason, agreed to answer our questions without knowing the content or format they’d be asked. We liked her so much, we asked her to be on the upcoming Turnabout Podcast (dates will be announced later) and we’re happy to say, she accepted.
Get to know her now, we think you’ll be seeing a lot more of her in the future!
Your bio states you were born and raised in Chicago but now live in Los Angeles. What was going on in your life at the time and what went into your decision process when you decided to make the move? Was it the lack of thin crust pizza or the fact the Bears haven’t been good in years?
Haha! Neither and not even the CUBS. By the way, I hate to admit this, but I love thin crust pizza!!! I’m gonna hear it for that one,I know it!
I moved to Los Angeles right out of college with a journalism degree, yes journalism. My intention was always to become an actress but at the time I was too afraid to take that leap of fate cross-country without a safety net. So, I got a job as a reporter in Palm Springs and well, that was unsuccessful. However, that was a door that closed and allowed another wonderful door to open. I then did some on camera hosting and eventually got the itch to move to L.A to pursue my dream.
We’ve read some other interviews and found people are willing to ask you just about anything. Where do you draw the line? And are you expecting us to up the ante?
Hmmmm depends how much you want to up the ante, hahaha. I’m in a place in my life where I feel very comfortable in my own skin and with who I am. However, I think if I ever felt uncomfortable answering an awkward question then I wouldn’t have a problem declining it either. I’m still human and consider keeping some things private in my life.
Your two biggest films to date, Halfway to Hell and The Shift, have centered around a group of ruthless prisoners moving into a suburban neighborhood and a child with a terminal illness. Do you actively seek out scripts with the most nightmarish situation you can imagine?
I know, right?!!! Sometimes I feel like a masochist. I just seek out roles that are challenging, that have a lot of color. I like to push myself which could be nerve-racking but rewarding at the end.
Speaking of those films, both of them have you co-starring with Genesis Ochoa. Has this been by coincidence or design? What is your relationship like with the young actress?
It was a complete COINCIDENCE and the story till this day is unbelievable to me. One day I was at a fitting for Halfway to Hell. The director Richard Friedman, was there and he was holding a stack of fifty head shots when one comes flying out. It was Genesis Ochoa’s headshot!!!!! I know, it sounds like out of a movie but that is exactly how I found out!! Then I asked him why he had it and he said, “I cast her to play your daughter.” Richard had no idea that she had already played my daughter in The Shift.
It was such a great surprise because Genesis is an incredible actress. Her dedication is amazing.
We are certainly glad to have had the opportunity to chat with you briefly right now, but look forward to talking at length (with slightly more serious questions) in the near future on the all new Turnabout Podcast. In the meantime, where can our readers find you and what do you have coming up you’d like them to know about?
I’m happy to announce that Halfway to Hell will soon be coming out!! It will be streaming on any device. I will definitely keep you posted on the date of its release. I’m so stoked!!!! It’s such a great film,people are gonna love it!!! It has an amazing cast and of course we couldn’t have done it without the crew.
It’s always my pleasure and thank you for the opportunity, I’m humbled. I’m looking forward to your new Podcast! Thanks for the love Turnabout!!!
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