Fans of the legal drama series How to Get Away with Murder on ABC are not strangers to the talent of Karla Souza. The actress’ rise to fame began like almost every other star, from humble beginnings. With a career that began in Mexican telenovelas and some hit Mexican films. she is a living example of what happens if you chase your dreams doggedly. Keep reading to find out more about this Mexican actress.
Karla Susana Olivares Souza was born on the 11th of December 1985, in Mexico City, the capital of Mexico. The actress holds dual citizenship from Mexico and America and is of Chilean and Mexican descent, She has two siblings a brother – Jeronimo Souza and a sister – Monica Souza. Karla is a Polyglot who speaks French, English, and Spanish fluently.
Karla Souza had a rich and expansive education in acting; she first attended a school, Centro de Education, run by the media company – Televista, to study acting. From there she moved to France to attend another school to further her education in acting, while in France she became a member of a theatre company, touring France with them. During this time she attempted to become part of a reality show, an opportunity she said goodbye to after the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, United Kingdom, requested she come study acting at their school. In 2008, Souza graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree (BA) in acting and the CCP award which is given to the actress who shows the most promise. Karla achieved all of this by the age of 22. After which, all roads led to her birthplace, Mexico, where her career as a television and movie actress began.
The period she spent in Mexico and Europe pursuing her education was also used to build a career in stage acting. Upon her return to Mexico in 2009, she debuted in television with the sitcom Verano do amor (2009) where Karla Souza played the role of Dana Villalba Duarte. Two years after that she had a major role in the romantic comedy From Prada to Nada (2011). From then on, she appeared in many more shows and movies including Nosotros los Nobles (2013), El Crimen del Cacaro Gumaro (2014) and the TV show Persons Unknown (2010).
In a bid to build her career in films and television shows in Hollywood, she decided to move to Los Angeles in 2014, in the same year she was cast as Laurel Castillo in the highly acclaimed TV show, How to Get Away with Murder.
In the wake of the #metoo movement that swept Hollywood in 2018, Karla Souza stated on the Carmen Aristegui show that at the age of 22, she had been raped by the director of one of the shows she was working on at the time. However, she refused to disclose the name of the said director.
Karla Souza’s career is relatively young as a result of this, her net worth compared to other stars is modest and not as large. However, it is estimated to be at $1.2 million and is expected to grow in the coming years.
Karla Souza’s Family: Parents, Husband, Daughter
Sadly, the identity of her father is not available to the public but it is known that her father is from Chile. Her mother, Monica, hails from Mexico.
While there isn’t a lot of information on her father, it is known that her father’s mother, Elba Silvia, worked for the Rockefeller family in the position of an assistant cook for the duration of twenty years after migrating from Chile to the United States. Karla Souza has said that this move to the U.S. is why she can own an American Passport.
Early in 2009, Karla Souza was dating her colleague and fellow Mexican star Gonzalo Garcia Vivanco. The two met on the set of Verano de Amor; however, the relationship did not last long as the couple broke up a few months after.
Following an engagement that lasted for five months, Karla Souza married her longtime boyfriend, Marshall Trenkmann, who is a banker, in Los Angeles. In April of 2018, their first child was born, a daughter – Gianna Trenkmann.
Height, Weight & Body Statistics
Karla Souza stands at a height of 5 foot 4 inches (5”4) and reportedly weighs 52 kg (123.5lbs). The actress is in great shape and has a body that speaks to the number of hours she puts into working out. It is believed she does Yoga twice a week and the glow that accompanies her on the red carpet is a testament of this.