|Birth name:||Raquel Castro|
|Birth date:||November 17, 1994|
|Birth place:||Long Island, NY|
Raquel Castro, born November 17, 1994, is an American actress and singer-songwriter. She is best known for her role in the 2004 film Jersey Girl as Gertie Trinké, the daughter of Ollie Trinké (Ben Affleck) and Gertrude Steiney (Jennifer Lopez), the role for which Castro won the Young Artist Award for the Best Performance in a Feature Film - Young Actress Age Ten or Younger. She was a contestant in the American version of The Voice.
She currently portrays Marisol in the second season of Empire.
Early life and career
Castro, the fourth of five children, was born on Long Island, New York to a Puerto Rican father, Albee Castro, and Kathleen, an American mother of Italian American and Jewish descent. She has two older sisters, an older brother and a younger brother and currently lives in Los Angeles, California to record some new music. Raquel was named after her mother's favorite actress, Raquel Welch.
Castro made her acting debut in an episode of the television series, Third Watch. She was then cast as the daughter of the Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez characters in the 2004 film Jersey Girl, directed by Kevin Smith. She appeared in a 2005 episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit entitled "Alien" and in the independent film Little Fugitive. Castro also appeared in a 2014 episode of Liv & Maddie, "BFF-a-Rooney" as Liv's best friend 'South'.
In 2006, she was cast as Nicole in the music video for the Ludacris song "Runaway Love" with Mary J. Blige, where she plays an abused self-conscious girl who runs away. She later was featured in the 2007 independent film, Tracks of Color. She has a role in The Ministers (2009), starring John Leguizamo. Raquel also spent quite a few years at a dance studio with her younger brother.
She was a contestant on the first season of The Voice and she was selected in the Blind Audition round and was coached by Christina Aguilera. She progressed to the first round of the Live shows before being eliminated with Lily Elise in favor of Frenchie Davis and Beverly McClellan. Castro recorded a cover of Aguilera's "Ain't No Other Man" and posted it on YouTube. Castro has also listed Christina Aguilera and Selena as her idols and major influences.
Recently, Castro released her first single in the music industry, a song titled "Diary." According to her YouTube page, the song was written by Alyssa Bonagura and Ted Bruner. It was produced by J Chris Griffin. It was released on iTunes and CDBaby on February 1, 2012. She has uploaded the music video for "Diary" on YouTube and recorded a dance remix of the song, released on March 11, 2012. The remix was released under the title "Diary (J Chris Griffin Remix)." She is also working on her debut album. A single called "Game Over" was released on January 29, 2013. Castro wrote it with the help of the IDA Program.