Castro, the fourth of five children, was born in New York to a Puerto Rican father, Albee Castro, and Kathy, 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 Long Island, New York. 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 subsequently cast as the daughter of Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez’s 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. 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 Michelle Ferraros Dance U.S.A with her younger brother.
She is now a contestant on The Voice and she was selected in the Blind Audition round and is being coached by Christina Aguilera. She has progressed to the first round of the Live shows.
Edited by drakotero on 26 Jul 2011, 05:26
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