Raquel Castro - Wikipedia

Raquel Castro

Raquel Castro is an American actress, singer and songwriter. She is known for starring in the 2004 film Jersey Girl, as Gertie Trinké, the daughter of Ollie Trinké (Ben Affleck) and Gertrude Steiney (Jennifer Lopez), for which Castro won the Young Artist Award for the Best Performance in a Feature Film - Young Actress Age Ten or Younger.[1] She was a contestant in the American version of The Voice.[2]

Raquel Castro
Raquel Castro 2011.jpg
Castro on November 21, 2011
OccupationActress, singer-songwriter
Years active2002–present
RelativesDavid Castro (brother)
Musical career
GenresPop, R&B
Years active2011–present


Castro's father is Puerto Rican, and her mother is American and of Italian and Jewish descent.[3]



Castro made her acting debut in an episode of the television series, Third Watch. She then played the daughter of Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez's characters in the 2004 film Jersey Girl, directed by Kevin Smith.[1] She appeared in a 2005 episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit entitled "Alien" and in the independent film Little Fugitive. Castro appeared in two second-season episodes of Liv & Maddie ("BFF-A-Rooney" and "SPARF-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.


Castro was a contestant on the first season of the reality television singing competition program The Voice,[2] 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.

Castro released her first single 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.[4]

A single called "Game Over" was released on January 29, 2013. Castro wrote it with the help of the IDA Program.[5]

In 2019, Castro provided vocals for the theme song to the Netflix Original Series Carmen Sandiego.

Castro was also on season 2 of NBC’s Songland, where she presented her song "Wrong Places" to H.E.R., where she picked her song to put on her album.


Year Title Role Notes
2004 Jersey Girl Gertie Trinké Film debut
2006 Little Fugitive Destiny Remake
2007 Tracks of Color Carmen Short film
2009 America Liza
2009 The Ministers Nereida
2010 Brooklyn's Finest Katherine
2016 From Nowhere Alyssa
2017 Heavenly Charm Izabella Sanchez Starring role
2017 Ten Lori
2019 Already Gone Carmen
Year Title Role Notes
2002 Third Watch Moira Kenney Episode: "The Greater Good"
2005 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Emma Boyd Episode: "Alien"
2011 The Voice Herself Season 1 contestant; member of Christina Aguilera's team
2011 Wingin' It JenJen Episode: "Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel"
2014 Awkward Shiri Episode: "Touched by an Angel"
2014–2015 Liv and Maddie South Salamanca Episodes: "BFF-A-Rooney" and "SPARF-A-Rooney"
2015–2016 Empire Marisol 6 episodes
2020 Songland Herself Episode: "H.E.R."


Albums as part of Empire castEdit

Year Artist Album Notes
2015 Empire cast Empire: Season 2 Volume 1 Track 9: "Runnin'"[6]
2016 Empire cast Empire: Season 2 Volume 2 Track 2: "Crown"[6]


Year Song Album Notes
2012 "Diary" Non-album single
2019 "So Much More" Non-album single With ONEDUO

Music videosEdit

Year Video Director
2012 "Diary" Roman Dent[7]

Songwriting creditsEdit

Song Year Artist Album
"Wrong Places" 2020 H.E.R. Non-album single

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Group Award Result Film
2005 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a Feature Film - Young Actress Age Ten or Younger Won Jersey Girl

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Nayyar, Naimta (March 8, 2017). "Raquel Castro: Actress, Singer-Songwriter Shares Her Incredible Journey!" Women Fitness.
  2. ^ a b Johns, Gibson (October 28, 2015). "Raquel Castro dishes on 'Empire,' being on Team Christina on 'The Voice,' and her new single". AOL.
  3. ^ ""@JKsAnnaBoo im half italian & half puerto rican ;p"". Twitter. May 6, 2011. Retrieved September 12, 2019.
  4. ^ "A super Sunday for Raquel Castro". Newsday. February 2, 2012. Retrieved February 12, 2012.
  5. ^ http://www.idaprogram.com/IDA-Program_ProMedia-Training.pdf[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ a b "Raquel Castro". charts.nz. Retrieved July 16, 2016.
  7. ^ "Raquel Castro - Diary (Official Music Video)" – via www.youtube.com.

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