Laurel CastilloPlayed by Karla Souza
Laurel Castillo is a secret weapon in the making. A quiet, sensitive idealist who enrolled in law school to learn how to defend the less fortunate, Laurel manages to stay under the radar, making it easy for her fellow classmates to underestimate her. With a profound attention to detail and inventive mind, she's talented – and darker – than anyone realizes, including Annalise.
Karla Souza is one of the great international actresses of today and currently one of the stars of ABC's hit drama "How to Get Away with Murder."
Souza recently wrapped production on "Jacob's Ladder," alongside Jesse Williams and Michael Ealy. Directed by David M. Rosenthal, the film will be a re-imagining of the 1990 thriller.
Souza most recently appeared on the big screen in "Everybody Loves Somebody," which was written and directed by Cataline Aguilar Mastretta. She starred in the comedy opposite K.C. Clyde and José María Yazpik and also served as an executive producer on the film.
She will also soon be seen in Alfonso Pineda Ulloa's "The Jesuit," which follows a man nicknamed "The Jesuit," who is imprisoned for a crime he didn't commit. Upon the murder of his wife and kidnapping of his son, he devises an elaborate plan to rescue his son and avenge the murder. The film also stars Shannyn Sossamon, Ron Perlman and Tim Roth.
It was at the age of eight while living in Aspen, Colorado, that Souza booked her first acting role as Kimberly in the film "Aspen Extreme,"opposite Peter Berg. Growing up she spent four years in France where she was part of a professional theater company that toured throughout the country. She then went on to study in London at the Central School of Speech and Drama where, in 2008, she received the CCP Award, which is given to the most promising actress in London. Following her time in the U.K., Souza was selected to study in Moscow, Russia, with Anatoly Smilianski. She later traveled to present a showcase in New York and subsequently began receiving offers for leading roles in Mexico City.
Earlier this year she appeared in "¿Qué Cupla Tiene el Niño?" which opened at #1 in her native Mexico, and the independent film "Sundown." Other past film credits leading roles in numerous box-office hits, including indie film "El Efecto Tequila" and "Suave Patria," which was one of the highest grossing films in 2012. In 2013, Souza starred in "Me Late Chocolate," followed by her critically acclaimed performance in Warner Brothers' "Nosotros Los Noble," the highest-grossing film in Mexican film history. Souza can also be seen in the Pantelion comedy "Instructions Not Included," which is the highest-grossing Spanish-language film in history to open in the U.S. Prior to her role as Laurel Castillo in "How to Get Away with Murder," Souza appeared on the television series "Persons Unknown," "Heroes del Norte"and alongside Gael García Bernal in Diego Luno's "Niño Santo."
In addition to film and TV, Souza has also appeared in theatre, including "Avenue Q" and "The Sound of Music." She has also produced and acted John Kolvenbach's "Love Song."
Souza is currently the face of L'Oreal Mexico.
Born in Mexico City, Souza has lived in many different countries, including France and London. She currently resides in Los Angeles.