Date of Birth
20 March 1974, Medellin, Antioquia, Colombia
5' 5" (1.65 m)
Paula Garces was born on March 20th 1974 in New York, New York. She grew up in Spanish Harlem, New York and Medellin, Colombia. Making her fully Bi-Lingual and Bi-Cultural. Her parents are both Colombian Natives.
Paula Garces drew Hollywood's attention when she top lined Paramount's 2002 teen sci-fi adventure Clockstoppers starring opposite Jesse Bradford, directed by Jonathan Frakes, and produced by Gale Anne Hurd and Albie Hecht. Paramount quickly became a fan and cast her in Richard Benjamin's hip-hop comedy Marci X opposite Lisa Kudrow and Damon Wayans.
Garces was next seen opposite academy award winner Tommy Lee Jones in the Revolution Studios feature Man of the House(2005) and as "Maria" in New Line's hit comedy Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle. In 2008 she reprised her role as "Maria" in the hit sequel Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay. The sequel has grossed close to $40 million domestically. Garces was recently featured on Jerry Bruckheimer's hit show CSI: Miami. She starred in a six episode arc on NBC's Law and Order: Special Victims Unit as well as doing a guest spots on HBO's hit series, The Sopranos and Oz. While filming Law & Order: SVU, Garces was offered a role she could not refuse, to sign on as a new cast member on FX's hit television series The Shield. Paula's character Officer Tina Hallon brought new story lines and high ratings. Her contract was extended for three more seasons, once again securing her position as a rising Latina star.
In one of her first films, she nabbed a starring role opposite James Van Der Beek and Mary McCormick, in the 1997 indie drama, Harvest (aka Cash Crop).
Other film credits include: James Redford's directorial debut, Spin, opposite Ruben Blades, Stanley Tucci, Dana Delany and Ryan Meriman, the critically-acclaimed Hangin' with the Homeboys, Michael J. Fox's comedy Life with Mikey, and Jerry Bruckheimer's urban drama Dangerous Minds, starring Michelle Pfeiffer.
Expanding her career further, Paula worked behind the cameras as Executive Producer to the animated film Red Princess Blues Animated: The Book of Violence (2007), which received great reviews at numerous film festivals. She can be heard voicing the lead character Princess in the animated film.
Currently (2010) Paula Garces Co-created, Executive Produces and Hosts "The Look" on the Mun2 channel.
Paula premiered her first comic book called "Aluna",at San Diego's 2010 Comic Con. "Aluna" a period piece set in the 1500's about a mystical tribal princess taken from her native Colombia by conquistadores and raised in Spain, only to return to her homeland to save her people, this is a multi-platform starring vehicle for Garces.
IMDb Mini Biography By: Personal Representative
Antonio Hernandez (2002 - present)
Garces and husband Hernandez own "From Earth to You Cafe" in New York City.
She was born in Medellin, Colombia.
Entered the world of producing in 2008 with her first two projects Red Princess Blues (2010) and its prequel Red Princess Blues Animated: The Book of Violence (2007).