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Read the full interview in Spanish.

She has participated in the highest-grossing Mexican films, working on a television series in Hollywood with Viola Davis and will release her first film as a producer.

At 30 years old, Karla has worked as an actress in film, theater and television, and just debuted as a producer on the film “¿Qué culpa tiene el niño?”

Three years ago it seemed that Karla Souza had reached her highest point thanks to the success of “Nosotros los nobles” and “No se aceptan devoluciones”, the highest grossing films in the history of Mexico; but in fact, it was barely the takeoff of a career that promises much, both at home and throughout the world, because the following year she joined the cast of How to Get Away with Murder, starring Viola Davis. As if that were not enough, at 30 years Karla is starting as a producer with the film “¿Que culpa tiene el ñino?, which, as she admits, has been a school for her, and this was the perfect excuse to interview her about the situation women live in Hollywood.

How has it been for you to enter the film production?

Now that I’m on the other side I admire and respect more the producer, because I was in their shoes. As an actress I am aware of the budget, locations filming and editing.

Did you change your way of seeing acting after becoming a producer?

I think both sides communicate. As an actress I know I have to give interviews to the press, but rather than get mad saying I do not want to do something, enters the producer in me and tells me that  interviews help to promote the film. It is an interesting internal dialogue, because not everyone thinks so. For an actress character it is important, but if no one sees the tape will not work. I feel that being a producer has helped me even in the show I do, How to Get Away with Murder, which they always appreciate me for being so cooperative.

In How to Get Away with Murder you work with Viola Davis. How is she?

We laughed a lot because our husbands are very similar. Many actors talk about their acting techniques during breaks, but I’ve never heard her talking about that. Rather says what happens in society, discrimination… For me, it was very interesting to learn from it, but also challenge her. She tells me I’m lucky to be white and thin, but I tell you that you have no idea what’s behind a person. I like to show her that not only her way has been difficult, but also that many people had it tough. She has been a mentor and a friend.

What is the most important thing you’ve learned since you came to Hollywood?

The respect they have for art and work. Hollywood believe filmmaking and storytelling change the world.

Have you seen some differences in Hollywood by being a woman?

Jennifer Lawrence said in an interview that if a woman expressed what they needed the production saw her as a spoiled girl that fame has gone to her head; but if a man asks the same thing they give it without seeing it that way. I was impressed by that, because I’m afraid of the perception that people have of me, and as producer more, because it is important what you say and how you say it … Having that courage and that strength is a process that I am learning.

How have you experienced the situation in Hollywood where actresses are paid less than the actors?

In one of the first projects that offered me in Hollywood I hid the fact the power of audience I had in Latin America. What they offered me in the movie was disrespectful, and when I heard that they had planned it out in Mexico was what made me say that although I had not worked yet in the United States,  I did not want to do it.

How was it when you were hired for How to Get Away with Murder?

It was different. With the career I have in Mexico I’m well positioned, I did not know. My teammates found out and told me. How to Get Away with Murder is a project in which there’s no difference of sex or race. I feel that in other films is different. Viola told me that a black woman can not charge the same as a white woman.

“Can this situation be tackled?”

The actors believe it is better tell us how much we earn. So we have the opportunity to achieve a more equitable pay and we will help rather than harm. Bradley Cooper said recently he will say to his female co-stars how much he earns, so they can have a better salary. If all men did that, it would be very interesting … I know there is still a long way to go for Latina actresses and I’m excited to do my bit in this new stage.

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