Paz Vega

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Paz Vega
Paz Vega 3.jpg
Born Paz Campos Trigo
(1976-01-02) 2 January 1976 (age 38)
Seville, Andalusia, Spain
Occupation Actress
Years active 1997–present
Spouse(s) Orson Salazar (m. 2002)
Children 3
Website
www.paz-vega.net

Paz Campos Trigo (born 2 January 1976), better known as Paz Vega, is a Spanish actress.

Early life[edit]

Vega was born in Seville, Andalusia, Spain to a homemaker mother and a retired bullfighter father.[1] Vega's younger sister has performed as a flamenco dancer.[2] Vega has described her family as "traditional" and Catholic.[1] She took her stage name from her grandmother. After attending a performance of Federico García Lorca's La casa de Bernarda Alba at the age of 15 she was convinced that she wanted to become an actress. After completing compulsory education at 16, she was accepted at the prestigious Centro Andaluz de Teatro stage school. After two years at the stage school and two more years studying journalism, Vega moved to Madrid.

Screen career[edit]

Vega at the 10 Items or Less premiere in Madrid with co-star Morgan Freeman.

Vega made her television debut in the Spanish TV series, Menudo es mi padre, which starred rumba singer El Fary. After appearing in two other series in 1997—Más que amigos and teen drama Compañeros—she went on to the silver screen in 1999 in Zapping. The same year she also had a minor role in the David Menkes movie I Will Survive (Sobreviviré) alongside Emma Suárez, Juan Diego Botto and a cameo from Boy George.

Vega found success in 1999's 7 Vidas. The series was billed as a Spanish Friends and went on to become one of the country's best-loved domestic sitcoms. Vega played Laura, a perky Andalusian girl who had come to stay with David, who had recently come out of a coma. The series was broadcast on Telecinco and finished on 12 April 2006, albeit without Vega.

The 2001 Julio Médem-directed film Sex and Lucia brought the actress to the attention of a larger audience. She appeared in a supporting role in the 2004 James L. Brooks film Spanglish opposite Adam Sandler. In 2006, she co-starred with Morgan Freeman in the independent film 10 Items or Less. In 2008, she co-starred with Gabriel Macht, Samuel L. Jackson, and Scarlett Johansson in The Spirit. In 2011, Paz Vega had a role in the Italian movie Vallanzasca –The Angels of Evil by Michele Placido.

Vega also works as a model; she is signed to 1/One Management in New York City. On May 2011, Paz Vega replaced Penélope Cruz as the face for L'Oreal Spain.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Vega and her Venezuelan husband, Orson Salazar, had their first child, son Orson, on 2 May 2007.[4] Her second child, daughter Ava, was born on 17 July 2009.[5] Their third child, son Lenon, was born on 13 August 2010.[6]

Filmography[edit]

Year Movie Role Notes and Awards
1997 Más allá del jardín
1998 Perdón, perdón María
1999 Zapping Elvira
Sobreviviré Azafata
2000 Nadie conoce a nadie Ariadna
El chico en la puerta (short film)
2001 Lucía y el sexo Lucía
Sólo mía Angela
2002 Hable con ella Amparo
El otro lado de la cama Sonia
Novo Isabelle
2003 Carmen Carmen
2004 Di que sí Estrella Cuevas
Spanglish Flor Moreno
2006 10 Items or Less Scarlet
Los Borgia Caterina Sforza
Fade to Black Lea Padovani
2007 Teresa, el cuerpo de Cristo Santa Teresa de Jesús
La Masseria Delle Allodole Nunik
2008 The Human Contract Michael
The Spirit Plaster of Paris
2009 Not Forgotten Amaya
The Six Wives of Henry Lefay Veronica
Triage Elena Morales
Burning Palms Blanca Juarez
Wanted: Weapons of Fate Araña[7] video game
2010 Castro's Daughter Alina Fernandez
2011 The Flower of Evil Antonella D'Agostino
Cat Run Cat
2012 Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted the Andalusian Triplets (Esmeralda, Esperanza and Ernestina) Voice
María de Nazaret Mary Magdalene
2013 I'm So Excited Alba
2014 Grace of Monaco Maria Callas
Kill the Messenger Filming

Awards and nominations[edit]

Premios Goya
Premios Unión de Actores
  • 2001, Unión de Actores Award best actress|Best actress in a leading role, Sólo mía, NOMINATION
  • 2001, Premio Unión de Actores best breakthrough actress performance|Best breakthrough actress performance, Lucía y el sexo, NOMINATION
Anexo
Fotogramas de Plata|Fotogramas de Plata
European Awards
  • 2003, Viewers award best actress, Carmen, Nomination
Cannes Festival
Imagen Foundation
Phoenix Film Critics Society
  • 2004, Best breakthrough performance, Spanglish, WON
Círculo de Escritores Cinematográficos
  • 2001, Best actress, Sólo mía, WON
Sant Jordi Awards
Ondas Award

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Hart, Hugh (2004-12-12). "‘Spanglish’ Actress’ Talent Translates Well". SFGate.com. Retrieved 2014-01-24. 
  2. ^ "In Step With: Paz Vega". Parade Magazine. 2004-12-12. 
  3. ^ "Paz Vega tras la estela de Penélope Cruz: ‘Para mí es un honor que me comparen con ella’". Hola. 5 May 2011. Retrieved 7 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "Spanish actress Paz Vega gives birth to baby boy", 3 May 3, 2007 article from the Associated Press, via the International Herald Tribune. Retrieved February 10, 2008.
  5. ^ 03:00 PM ET. "Paz Vega Welcomes Daughter Ava – Moms & Babies – Moms & Babies — People.com". Celebrity-babies.com. Retrieved 2010-03-27. 
  6. ^ "Paz Vega Leaves Hospital with Baby Lenon". 
  7. ^ Orry, James (February 6, 2009). "Wanted gets Hollywood voice cast". VideoGamer. Retrieved 2009-02-07. 

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