AceShowbiz - Mexican actress Kate del Castillo has no regrets about helping to set up Sean Penn's jungle interview with fugitive Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman, even though her actions prevented her from filming her hit drama in her homeland.
Kate acted as the go-between between the drug lord and the Oscar winner ahead of an interview for a Rolling Stone expose in 2016, and Mexican authorities punished her by accusing her of drug trafficking and threatening to arrest her if she went home.
That meant producers of her show "La Reina del Sur" had to employ a look-alike for scenes they shot in Mexico last year (18).
Kate admits she hated watching another actress take on her character, but wouldn't have done anything differently if she had her life to live again.
"That was an episode of my life that I do not regret at all," she told the media during a recent Television Critics panel chat. "It's an experience that I will keep (with) myself forever."
The actress reveals she returned to Mexico without incident at Christmas.
"Legally, I could go back a year ago but my lawyers said, 'We don't want you to go down there while the presidency is still on'," she explains. "As soon as (former President Enrique) Pena Nieto was out I could go back more confident. That's why I spent Christmas with my parents."
Del Castillo will reprise her role as Teresa Mendoza for the spring 2019 return of the hit Telemundo drug drama, which is based on the novel of the same name by Arturo Perez-Reverte. She will be joined by Eric Roberts, "Quantum of Solace" actor Antonio Gil, and legendary Latino star Humberto Zurita.