Paula Garcés

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Paula Garcés
Paula Garces (cropped).jpg
Garcés at San Diego Comic-Con International, 2008
Born (1974-03-20) March 20, 1974 (age 48)
New York
Years active 1991–present
Spouse(s) Antonio Hernandez (2002–present)[1]
Children Skye Mahoney, Antonio

Paula Garcés (March 20, 1974) is a Colombian American film and television actress, known for her appearance in films such as Clockstoppers and The Harold and Kumar Series, and on TV shows such as CSI: Miami, The Shield, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, The Sopranos, Oz, Devious Maids and All My Children.

Early life

Paula Garcés was born in New York City on March 20, 1974. She grew up in Medellin, Colombia. At an early age she moved to East Harlem in New York City.[2][3][4]


She played Alvina in 1995's Dangerous Minds with Michelle Pfeiffer.

Garcés co-starred in Paramount Pictures' 2002 teen sci-fi adventure, Clockstoppers, starring opposite Jesse Bradford. She was then cast in Richard Benjamin's hip-hop comedy Marci X opposite Lisa Kudrow and Damon Wayans.

Garcés was next seen opposite Academy Award-winner Tommy Lee Jones in the Revolution Studios feature, Man of the House. In 2004 she starred in National Lampoon's Pledge This!. She was featured on CSI: Miami and starred in a six episode arc on NBC's Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, as well as guest spots on HBO's hit series, The Sopranos and Oz. Garcés then landed a role as a cast member on The Shield.

Garcés appeared in New Line Cinema's Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle and its 2008 sequel Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay and in the 2011 sequel A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, as Maria, the love interest and later the wife of John Cho's character.

Garcés appears as documentarian Paula Morales in the ABC drama series Defying Gravity, which premiered in August 2009.

She was also featured in the video "Imagínate" with Wisin & Yandel, and rapper T-Pain.

Garcés has also co-starred on Guiding Light as Pilar Santos, and had a recurring role as Dr. Kelly Hernandez in the second season of the Syfy TV series Warehouse 13.

She is also the persona and voice behind Aluna, a character in S2 Games' multiplayer online battle arena title, Heroes of Newerth.[5][6]

In May 2011, Garcés appeared in "Off the Beaten Path", the 11th episode of the first season of Breakout Kings.

In February 2013, Garcés appeared on the CBS series Elementary, playing villainous police officer Paula Reyes in the first season episode, "Details."

Personal life

Garcés' first child is a daughter named Skye Mahoney, who was 21 as of 2013.[7] In 2002 she married Antonio Hernandez. Although she became pregnant twice by him, both pregnancies resulted in miscarriages.[8] In June 2013, it was announced that Garcés and Hernandez were expecting their first child together.[9] On November 20 she gave birth to a son, Antonio Andrés Hernandez.[10]


Garcés with Julissa Bermudez in March 2011
Year Title Role Notes
1991 Hangin' with the Homeboys Harassed Sister
1993 Life with Mikey Janice
1995 Dangerous Minds Alvina
1998 Harvest Mina Fuentes
2002 Clockstoppers Francesca
2003 Station Agent, TheThe Station Agent Cashier
2003 Marci X Yolanda Quinones
2003 Spin Francesca
2004 Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle Maria
2005 Che Guevara Aleida
2005 Shore, TheThe Shore Tina
2005 Man of the House Teresa
2006 National Lampoon's Pledge This! Gloria Torrez
2007 Red Princess Blues Animated: The Book of Violence Princess (voice) Short film
2008 Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay Maria
2011 Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, AA Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas Maria
2011 Deception Katrina Mendoza
2014 The Maid's Room Drina
2014 Adult Beginners Blanca
Year Title Role Notes
1991 Law & Order Lucy Rivers Episode: "The Secret Sharers"
1994 New York Undercover Aria Nuriez Episode: "School Ties"
1999 Oz Isabella (uncredited) Episode: "The Truth and Nothing But..."
Episode: "Napoleon's Boney Parts"
1999–2001 Guiding Light Pilar Santos TV series
2002 Brothers García, TheThe Brothers García Milagros Episode: "West Side Stories"
2003 CSI: Miami Carmen Abregon Episode: "Simple Man"
2004 Sopranos, TheThe Sopranos Felicia Galan Episode: "Unidentified Black Males"
2005 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit CSU Tech Millie Vizcarrondo 4 episodes
2006–2008 Shield, TheThe Shield Officer Tina Hanlon 32 episodes
2007 CSI: Miami Anna Sivarro Episode: "A Grizzly Murder"
Episode: "Bloodline"
2008 Knight Rider Kelli Haddigan Episode: "A Knight in Shining Armor"
2009 Defying Gravity Paula Morales 13 episodes
2010 Warehouse 13 Dr. Kelly Hernandez 5 episodes
2010 Chase Tia Archer Episode: "Betrayed"
2011 Good Wife, TheThe Good Wife Aida Rios Episode: "Foreign Affairs"
2011 Breakout Kings Debbie Myera Episode: "Off the Beaten Path"
2013 Elementary Paula Reyes Episode: "Details"
2013 All My Children Lea Marquez
2013 Devious Maids Flora


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  2. "Today's history on this day". The Daily Telegraph. Australia. 20 March 2012, Retrieved 30 May 2014.
  3. Valeria, Andrea (2011). El poder de tu cumpleaños: 366 Dias de Revealciones Astrologicas y Astronomicas. Penguin Group US. ISBN 9780983139010
  4. Garcés, Paula (9 May 2013). "Paula Garces’s Blog: Meet Me and My Family!" People.
  5. Heroes of Newerth Vol7 Newsletter
  6. Callaham, John (2011-02-25). "Interview: Actress Paula Garces talks about bringing Aluna to Heroes of Newerth". Retrieved 2011-02-28.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Castillo, Amaris (June 26, 2013). "'Devious Maids' Star Paula Garces is Expecting!" Latina.
  8. "Paula Garces - Paula Garces: 'My Pregnancy Is A Miracle'". June 27, 2013.
  9. Leonard, Elizabeth (July 2, 2013). "Paula Garces Expecting Second Child". Retrieved June 26, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. "Paula Garces Welcomes Son Antonio Andres". People. 20 November 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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