EXCLUSIVE: Raquel Castro on ‘Empire,’ Being Team Cookie & New Music

Exclusive: Raquel Castro on ‘Empire,’ Team Cookie & New Music

Empire, TV’s biggest show, just got a whole lot Latino in its sophomore season.

From the writer’s room to on-screen, the hip-hop drama is getting down with la raza. One new addition is former Voice contestant, Raquel Castro. As part of Hakeem’s Latin girl group, Mirage à Trois, she’s poised to be his label’s breakout stars. Castro talked to us about being on the hit Fox show, her new music, and Team Cookie.

Read it all in our exclusive interview below:

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What can you share about your role on Empire?

My character’s name is Marisol. I play a pop singer in the Latin girl group, Mirage à Trois. I'm kind of the Sporty Spice of the group.

Were you a fan of the show before you booked the role?

I was! My mom is also a huge fan of the show. She's Team Cookie all the way!

How is the bond with the Latinos on the set of Empire?

It's nice to add the Latina spice this season! It's definitely something different for the show and it's pretty entertaining! I love working with the girls [Becky G, Yani Marin] in the group. We really have great chemistry! 

If you were to play another character other than yourself on Empire, who would it be? Why?

100% Cookie! I love how much of a dominant character she is. She empowers women to have a voice and say whatever the heck they wanna say with no shame. But she also has moments of vulnerability. Taraji is amazing. 

Outside of Empire, you’re working on new music. What can you tell us about it?

My single “Young & Dumb” just came out and the music video is now on YouTube and Vevo. I started writing a lot when I got off The Voice. I always wanted my music to be honest and relatable—kind of like you're reading my diary. Writing music is my therapy and I want it to feel that way for listeners when they play my music. “Young & Dumb” has a really good Latin vibe while still being mainstream pop. It's basically about being in a relationship with someone, living in the moment, and enjoying each other. There's always gonna be those people talking about your business, but as long as you're happy, that's all that matters. I wrote it at a great point in my past relationship. Jon Kilmer produced it and Earl Cohen produced my vocals.

What have you learned from being on the show? Have any of the veteran actors given you advice?

I just learned to be in the moment and not overthink things. Watching Taraji and Terrance's chemistry on set is so inspiring. They're such free spirits and they bring so much life to everything that they do. 

If there were a TV show based on your life, what would it be called? Why?

Rocky's Rollercoaster. Being in this business from such a young age, can get frustrating sometimes. One day you're on top of the world, and the next day you could go straight to the bottom. It's hard to feel stable in this industry until you really make it, and even then it's a bit scary. I'd like to have a show that shows the real reality of an artist striving for success along with all the ups and downs.