Paz de la Huerta

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Paz de la Huerta
Paz de la Huerta at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival
Born María de la Paz Elizabeth Sofía Adriana de la Huerta[citation needed]
(1984-09-03) September 3, 1984 (age 29)
New York City, United States
Occupation Actress
Years active 1998–present

María de la Paz Elizabeth Sofía Adriana de la Huerta (born September 3, 1984), better known by her stage name Paz de la Huerta, is an American actress and model. De la Huerta began acting and modeling in adolescence, and had roles in The Cider House Rules (1999), A Walk to Remember (2002), and Choke (2008). She has also starred in several independent films, but is best known for her role as Lucy Danziger in the HBO cable television series, Boardwalk Empire.

Early life[edit]

De la Huerta was raised by a single mother, along with her older sister, Rafaela de la Paz (born November 5, 1981), in the New York City neighborhood of SoHo located in the Lower Manhattan area. Her parents were Iñigo de la Huerta y Ozores (born November 17, 1944, in San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain) and Judith Bruce (born October 23, 1946, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States).[1] De la Huerta was born with recurrent cystic hygroma under her arm, which she has had treated with multiple surgeries. Her mother worked as an authority on birth control and women's issues in Third World countries.[2] She attended private Saint Ann's School in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, with fellow student and future fashion designer, Zac Posen, for whom she has since modeled.[2] She also attended the performing arts camp Buck's Rock. De la Huerta spent summers with her father in Spain while attending high school.[3]


De la Huerta began modeling in her adolescence and became a sought-after runway model before transitioning into film. She made her film debut with a small role in the 1998 romantic comedy The Object of My Affection, and then starred opposite Michael Caine and Charlize Theron in The Cider House Rules (1999).

In 2002, she starred opposite Shane West and Mandy Moore in A Walk to Remember (2002), based on Nicholas Sparks' novel. De la Huerta starred in several independent films throughout the 2000s,[4] and landed a role in Choke (2008), based on Chuck Palahniuk's popular novel. In 2010, De la Huerta landed a regular role on the HBO series Boardwalk Empire, produced by Martin Scorsese, opposite Steve Buscemi and Michael Pitt. She posed nude for the January/February 2013 issue of Playboy, and appeared on the front cover.[5]

In 2014, filming in Las Vegas completed for the film Only the Lonely, co-starring de la Huerta as Margo, with singer Roxy Saint as Corey,[6] and directed by Josh Evans.[7]Shayla Beesley played casino mogul Ted Binion's live-in girlfriend (named Kim in the film), alongside co-star Michael Madsen, who played Binion (renamed Ray for the film). The movie was inspired by the book Death in the Desert by Cathy Scott[8] with the screenplay by John Steppling.[9]

Personal life[edit]

De la Huerta lived with her mother and sister in New York City until her mid-twenties, when she moved into an apartment in the Tribeca neighborhood, later moving to a lower Manhattan apartment adjacent to her mother's. Her first boyfriend was Donald Cumming, frontman of The Virgins, whom she dated when she was 17. She has also dated Jack Nicholson, Scott Weiland and Orlando Bloom.[2]


Year Film Role Notes
1998 The Object of My Affection 13-Year-Old Sally
Luminous Motion Beatrice
1999 The Cider House Rules Mary Agnes
2000 Law & Order Chloe "Loco Parentis" (ep. 215)
The Practice Jenny Holbrook "Black Widows" (S4E17)
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Karen Raye "Chat Room" (ep. S1E18)
Looking for an Echo Nicole Delgado
2001 Bailey's Mistake Becca Donovan TV movie
Chelsea Walls Girl
Riding in Cars with Boys Phone Call Flirt
2002 A Girl's Guide to the Galaxy Maxie Short film
A Walk to Remember Tracie
2003 Bringing Rain Dakota Cunningham
Rick Vicki
2004 Homework Sara
Light and the Sufferer Annette
2005 Steal Me Lily Rose
Fierce People Jilly
2006 Hollywood Dreams Guest at Wedding
5up 2down Allie
Nail Polish Becky Burns
The Tripper Jade
2007 "By the Time..." by Grand National Herself Music video
Neal Cassady Tonya Novak
Anamorph Young Woman
2008 The Guitar Cookie
Choke Nico
Deception List Member #1
2009 The Limits of Control Nude
Enter the Void Linda
2010 Boardwalk Empire Lucy Danziger Series regular
2011 4:44 Last Day on Earth
"Video Games" by Lana Del Rey Herself Music video, Paparazzi footage
2012 Nurse 3D Abby Russell[10] Starring role
The Girl is in Trouble Maria
2013 In the Woods Part of The Being Experience trilogy by Jennifer Elster
Inferno: A Linda Lovelace Story Bobo
2014 Only the Lonely Margo[11]



  1. ^ Real Academia Matritense de Heráldica y Genealogía (1992). Anales de la Real Academia Matritense de Heráldica y Genealogía: Tomo I, año 1991. Ediciones Hidalguia. pp. 126–. ISBN 978-84-600-8178-4. Retrieved 26 July 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c Jay Bulger (30 May 2010). "Are You Ready for Paz?". New York Magazine. New York Media LLC. Retrieved 26 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Paz de la Huerta". Archived from the original on 2013-01-25. Retrieved 2012-12-22. 
  4. ^ Bulger, Jay (2010-05-30). "Are you ready for Paz?". New York Magazine. Retrieved 2012-12-22. 
  5. ^
  6. ^ Only the Lonely (2014) - IMDb
  7. ^ Photographer helped Madsen meet Sinatra | Las Vegas Review-Journal
  8. ^ Kindest cut of all for cancer patients (scroll to end) | Las Vegas Review-Journal
  9. ^ Only the Lonely (2014) - IMDb
  10. ^ Weinstein, Joshua L. (August 2, 2011). "'30 Rock' Star Katrina Bowden Joins Lionsgate's 'Nurse 3D'". The Wrap. Archived from the original on October 8, 2011. Retrieved October 8, 2011. 
  11. ^ Only the Lonely (2014) - Full Cast & Crew - IMDb

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