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Kate del Castillo has made a lengthy career off of serving up juicy drama on telenovelas, but none of the storylines compare to her messy real-life controversy over her connection with the notorious Mexican mob boss, Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán.

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While authorities investigated her business relationship with the iconic criminal, Kate suffered all sorts of crazy fallout: accusations from Mexico authorities, the almost cancellation of her Netflix show Ingobernable and just the negative press that hounded her.

Despite all she's been through recently, the Mexican star continues to shine. Take a look at her career and changing looks over the years. 

--With additional reporting by Marlene Fuentes

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Kate had her acting debut when she was just 6 years old in 'Los de Abajo.' 1

Kate had her acting debut when she was just 6 years old in 'Los de Abajo.'

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What a cutie! Kate was just 5 when this photo was taken. The actress, who was born in Mexico City, clearly had star power as a kid. In Los de Abajo, she worked alongside her dad, Eric del Castillo, who starred in the war film.

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She's always been daddy's girl. 2

She's always been daddy's girl.

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The 43-year-old star's love for acting runs in the family. Her dad, Eric del Castillo, is iconic for his work in Mexican film and telenovelas. Kate followed right in his footsteps!

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She still looks the same as this pic from 1992. 3

She still looks the same as this pic from 1992.

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Kate was 19 years old when she made her acting debut in the 1990 film El último escape. The fresh-faced star still looks the same! 

Her teen years marked her breakout role. 4

Her teen years marked her breakout role.

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Kate's big break came with her breakout role in the 1991 telenovela Muchachitas. She's serving up some diva attitude in this pic from when she was 17!

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Her first television hit made her a star. 5

Her first television hit made her a star.

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Kate became a household name after her role as Leticia in the 1991 telenovela Muchachitas. She is posing like a pro alongside her cast-mates, Tiare Scanda, Cecilia Tijerina and Emma Laura. 

Life imitating art in 'Muchachitas.' 6

Life imitating art in 'Muchachitas.'

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Kate was an up-and-coming star on the hit telenovela about four young women chasing after their dreams to stardom. Life was imitating art in a pretty amazing way when she was on Muchachitas

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Life as a telenovela star was busy. 7

Life as a telenovela star was busy.

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The roles kept pouring in for Kate in the 1990s. She also starred in hit telenovelas like Imperio de Cristal and La Mentira.

As the 90s went on, Kate del Castillo looked hotter than ever. 8

As the 90s went on, Kate del Castillo looked hotter than ever.

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Kate's career was hotter than ever and she was quickly dominating as a lead actress in the telenovela world. In this photo, she was playing Alejandra in the 1996 drama Azul. Just look at what great shape she's in!

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In 1997, Kate debuted a new look for a new telenovela. 9

In 1997, Kate debuted a new look for a new telenovela.

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In 1997, Kate starred in the telenovela Alguna Vez Tendremos Alas. She was modeling a shorter haircut and looking fabulous while doing so!

With 'La Mentira' came a softer look. 10

With 'La Mentira' came a softer look.

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It seemed like Kate's career was unstoppable. In 1998 she starred in the hit telenovela La Mentira. She was giving us some camera-ready beauty! 
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Another lead role that made her change up her look. 11

Another lead role that made her change up her look.

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In 2000, Kate played Ramona Moreno in the popular telenovela Ramona. Now that hairstyle probably wasn't as loved as her role. 

Kate started rocking bangs in the early 2000s. 12

Kate started rocking bangs in the early 2000s.

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Castillo decided to switch up her look by cutting bangs for her role in the 2001's hit remake of El Derecho de Nacer.

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In 2001, Kate del Castillo had a fairytale wedding. 13

In 2001, Kate del Castillo had a fairytale wedding.

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Kate made the picture perfect bride when she got married to soccer star Luis García in 2001. The couple divorced three years later and the rumors over their split got really nasty. Kate recently opened up about the abuses she suffered at the hands García.

After just three years, the fairytale turned into a nightmare. 14

After just three years, the fairytale turned into a nightmare.

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Kate and her husband called it quits in 2004 (and even since back then there were rumors of domestic violence). Her wedding look was flawless, however.

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Kate rocked a more sophisticated look for her American debut. 15

Kate rocked a more sophisticated look for her American debut.

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Kate was going for a more sophisticated look while working on the 2002 groundbreaking PBS show American Family.

In 2009, she was the leading lady in 'Vidas Cruzadas.' 16

In 2009, she was the leading lady in 'Vidas Cruzadas.'

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Kate del Castillo proved she was an official leading lady after reuniting with her La Mentira co-star Guy Ecker ten years later for the telenovela Vidas Cruzadas

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Kate del Castillo and Aaron Diaz met in 2006. 17

Kate del Castillo and Aaron Diaz met in 2006.

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The beautiful telenovela stars married in 2009. Their romance seemed to be picture perfect. 

But this romance wasn't meant to last for Kate either. 18

But this romance wasn't meant to last for Kate either.

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Kate and Aaron's love just wasn't cut out for a "happily ever after" ending and the couple split in 2011. Despite the breakup, she told People en Español in a 2015 interview, "I love him. I'll always love him." 

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Her turn as a narco queen cemented her fame. 19

Her turn as a narco queen cemented her fame.

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Kate's stardom got even bigger when she starred as Teresa Mendoza in the 2011 Spanish-language drama La Reina del Sur. It was one of Telemundo's most expensive and most popular soap operas of all time. 

Kate looked amazing in this lace dress. 20

Kate looked amazing in this lace dress.

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Kate wore this classic little black dress for the 2008 premiere of her independent film Under the Same Moon. She looks flawless! 

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In 2015, Kate played drug trafficker Anastasia Cardona in Telemundo's narconovela 'Dueños del Paraíso.' 21

In 2015, Kate played drug trafficker Anastasia Cardona in Telemundo's narconovela 'Dueños del Paraíso.'

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In the telenovela, she plays a druglord badass once again. Life certainly seemed to imitate art just a few months later in early 2016, when all hell broke loose after it was revealed Kate del Castillo and Sean Penn met with Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán while he was on the run. He was caught a short time after those meetings and Kate's private messages with the druglord were made public. Kate has been managing to keep her reputation and career going after this massive scandal.

The future is bright for Kate del Castillo after all the recent turmoil. 22

The future is bright for Kate del Castillo after all the recent turmoil.

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Kate stars in the hit Spanish-language Netflix series Ingobernable, a series that almost didn't happen because of all the El Chapo fallout. But Netflix ended up going through with the show; here's Kate at the premiere looking perfect.

In late 2017, Netflix released a documentary of Kate del Castillo's and El Chapo's story from her point of view. Kate revealed so much about women in the Mexican TV and film industry and even more details about the fateful day she and Sean Penn met El Chapo.

Despite all her controversies, the future is bright though.