EXCLUSIVE: Rafael Amaya & Fernanda Castillo Talk 'El Señor De Los Cielos'

Can you at least tell us when she's coming back?

Fernanda: It's at the beginning of the story, so you don't have to wait too long! 

You both play extremely surprising characters. Was there ever a point when the characters even shocked you?

Fernanda: Yeah! [laughs] Most of the time!

Rafael: All of the time. It's very difficult to portray a character like this because it's not normal -- what he does is not normal. I mean, I would never do 99% of the things that he does. I have to do my job as an actor and portray this guy realistically. It's very hard! All the time, it's like 'Wow! This guy sucks!' But you have to embrace him and protect him and defend the mold -- that's our job as an actor. 

I imagine it's challenging -- but is it also fun to play someone so evil? 

Rafael: Honestly, you don't see these characters everywhere. They're hitting. They're outlaws. You have to like invent a character. Those guys don't have a sense of life. They don't care about anything. They're always -- very mental. They're always trying to -- make the bad decisions. 

Fernanda: I think the most important thing is not to judge them. My character is bad with some people, and she's very sweet with others. So, I think we always have to be thinking about that -- not to judge what they do. They have certain circumstances, and they live with their circumstances.

A lot of people have criticized the narconovela for glamourizing the drug trade. What do you think? 

Fernanda: I think we cannot stop telling these stories, because it's actually happening. If we continue telling these stories -- these novelas -- where the poor girl loves the rich guy and they fall in love and that's it -- people are a little bored with all of that. So, these narco stories are happening in our country, and I think it's important to talk about reality.

Awesome! Any final words for Latina.com?

Rafael: This is a story that is not a typical telenovela. This is the first time in history that we do a second part of a telenovela. This is a hybrid between a telenovela and a series. This is 75 episodes. The classic format is 120 episodes, so this is the evolution of Mexican telenovelas. 

Be sure to catch El Señor de Los Cielos Monday night at 10EST/9C on Telemundo! Before you tune in, log on to Telemundo.com to watch a "secret chapter" that happens after the events of season one. 

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Cristina Arreola, Editorial Assistant

Originally from El Paso, Texas, Cristina Mari Arreola earned her degree at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University before moving to BrooklynNew York. In her downtime, you can usually find her scouring the city for the most authentic Mexican food (still looking...), scaring herself silly watching horror movies, or baking her favorite sweets. You can follow her on Twitter at @c_arreola

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