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

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.


Paula Garcés

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.

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

Paula Garcés

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



Paula Garcés

External links

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  • Paula Garcés at the Internet Movie Database

Paula Garcés

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