• Mexican actress Karla Souza is best known for roles in ABC TV legal drama show “How to Get Away with Murder” and sitcom “Home Economics”
• Born in Mexico City in 1985, holds dual American and Mexican citizenship, and is trilingual in Spanish, French, and English
• Started her acting career in 1993, and has appeared in several films, TV shows, and theatrical productions since then
• Has won several awards and nominations throughout her career, and has over 4 million followers on Instagram
• Has a net worth of approximately $1.2 million in 2022

The Mexican actress, Karla Souza, is perhaps best known for her roles in the ABC TV legal drama show “How to Get Away with Murder”, and the ABC sitcom “Home Economics.”

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Age, Early Life and Education Background

Karla Susana Olivares Souza is a native of Mexico City, Mexico, who was born under the Sagittarius zodiac sign on 11 December 1985, which makes her 37 years old as of 2022. She was raised alongside her brother Jeronimo and sister Monica. The actress is from Mexican roots on her mother’s side, and Chilean through her father, and follows the Christian religion. Her grandmother, Elba Silva, was a Chilean immigrant, who worked as an assistant chef for the industrial, political and banking family the Rockefellers in New York. Karla holds dual American and Mexican citizenship,. She grew up very interested in gymnastics, and trained in it for over seven years. However, she quit when she was 14 because her parents didn’t want her to become a professional gymnast.

Olivares was enrolled at El Centro de Educación Artística (CEA) to study acting, owned by the prestigious media firm, Televisa. She continued with her acting studies in France, where she was actively involved in many theatrical productions – she was previously invited to contest the French pop music talent show “Star Academy”, but didn’t take-up the offer because she was invited to continue with her studies in London. Thereafter, she joined the London-based Central School of Speech and Drama, from where she graduated with a BA in acting in late 2008. Before the completion of her studies, Karla scooped a CCP Award, which is given to promising actors in London. She was later selected to go for an acting intensive in Moscow, Russia, together with Anatoly Smilianski, before returning to her hometown to begin her career in the film industry.

Hobbies and Facts

Carla is a culinary enthusiast, whose favorite dinner spot is Swaddee Thai Spot in Coronado. Her favorite Mexican and English restaurants are Tacos El Greco and Ma Cuisine in Kew Gardens.

She is trilingual, being fluent in Spanish, French and English.


In 1993, Souza as a child actress was cast to play Kimberley in the Patrick Hasburgh-directed drama movie “Aspen Extreme.” She then concentrated on her education, until making her TV debut in an episode of “Terminales” in 2008, then in the year that followed, played Dana Villalba in 120 episodes of the soap opera “Verano de amor.”

In 2010 and 2011, Karla starred as Prisca in 36 episodes of the show “Los Heroes del Norte”, which was followed by an appearance in the romantic comedy, “From Prada to Nada” in 2011. In the same year, she starred as Lucia in 23 episodes of the series “Nino Santo”, then her fame skyrocketed in 2013 when she played starring roles in two acclaimed films, “Instructions Not Included” and “We Are the Nobles” (“Nosotros Los Nobles”).

Between 2014 and 2020, Karla played the starring role of Laurel Castillo in Peter Nowalk’s legal thriller “How to Get Away with Murder”, appearing in 78 episodes of the series, which also starred Viola Davis, Billy Brown, Jack Falahee and Aja Naomi King.

Thereafter, Karla appeared in several films including “Sundown” in 2015, the Mexican comedy “Everybody Loves Somebody” in 2017, and the American psychological horror “Jacob’s Ladder” in 2019. She is also credited with starring in eight episodes of the Chilean drama “El Presidente” in 2020.

In 2021, she began starring as Marina in John Aboud and Michael Colton’s sitcom “Home Economics”, which also stars Jimmy Tatro and Caitlin McGee.

Most recently, in 2022, Karla shared the screen with Jamie Foxx and Meagan Good in the supernatural action comedy, “Day Shift,” which was directed by J.J. Perry.

She has appeared on the covers of several magazines including “Women’s Health” in 2015.

Awards and Nominations

Karla scooped The Festival Pantalla de Cristal for her role in “Nosotros los Nobles” in 2013, and in the same year, she bagged Premios ACE for Best New Actress for her role in “Suave Patria.” In 2014, the accomplished actress won the Diosa de Plata award for Best Performance by an Actress for her role in “Nosotros los Nobles.” She has been nominated for several other awards, such as two consecutive Mexican Cinema Journalists Silver Goddess Awards in 2017 and 2018, and an Imagen Foundation Award for Best Supporting Actress in Television for her role in “How to Get Away with Murder” in 2018.

Social Media Presence

Karla is very famous on several social media platforms such as Instagram (@karlasouza) with around four million followers. She launched her verified Twitter account in June 2009 and is now followed by almost 570,000 fans, going by the username @KarlaSouza7. Moreover, she’s active on Facebook (@KarlaSouzaOfficial) with over 2.2 million followers.

Personal Life

Souza is a married woman – she became engaged to the American-born banker, Marshall Trenkmann in 2013 and they walked the aisle in California in May 2014. Trenkmann is an alumnus of Texas A&M University and has worked as credit risk director of the finance and investment firm, JP Morgan and a board member of Center Theater Group. The couple welcomed their first child, daughter Gianna in 2018, and then sired a son named Luka born in June 2020.

Before meeting her husband, Souza was romantically linked with the Mexican actor Gonzalo Garcia Vivanco. However, their relationship was short-lived, lasting for just several months in 2009 and 2010.

Rumors and Controversies

In a previous interview with CNN, Karla revealed that she was once humiliated and raped by a director during the early stages of her career when she was in her early 20s. However, she did not mention his name but disclosed that ‘I ended up allowing him to kiss me, to touch me in ways I did not want him to touch me and in one of the instances he violently assaulted me, and yes, he raped me.’

Height, Weight, and Physical Appearance

Karla is slimly built, weighs around 145lbs (66kgs), and is 5ft 4ins (1.62m) tall, with vital statistics of34-25-35, and she wears dress size 6(US). Moreover, she has a pair of green eyes and long dark brown hair.

Net Worth

Souza has accumulated a good sum from her acting career; her net worth is approximately $1.2 million as of 2022. On the other hand, her husband is worth around $7 million from his successful banking career.


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