Paula Garcés

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Paula Garces
Paula Garces (cropped).jpg
Garces at San Diego Comic-Con International, 2008
(1974-03-20) March 20, 1974 (age 46)

Medellín, Colombia
Years active1991–present
Antonio Hernandez (m. 2002)

Paula Garces (born March 20, 1974) is a Colombian American film and TV actress, known for her appearance in films such as Clockstoppers, Man of the House and the Harold & Kumar series, and on TV shows such as CSI: Miami, On My Block, The Shield, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, The Sopranos, Oz, Devious Maids, Guiding Light and All My Children.

Early life[edit]

Paula Garcés was born on March 20, 1974 in Medellin, Colombia. At a very 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 four 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 2004 feature film Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, its 2008 sequel Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay and the 2011 sequel A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, as Maria, the love interest and later wife of John Cho's character.

Garcés was a series regular on the ABC drama series Defying Gravity, playing documentarian Paula Morales during its single 2009 season.

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 season two of the Syfy TV series Warehouse 13.

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

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

Garcés also plays Ruby’s mom in “On my Block” a super popular Netflix series.

Aluna Comics[edit]

While attending a Comic-Con to promote one of the Harold & Kumar films, Garcés noted the sizeable Latino audience for superheroes, despite the low number of Latino characters in the genre.[5] She created Further Lane Productions to issue a limited run comic book featuring the Latina superhero Aluna, later working with S2 Games to create, and voice, Aluna as a 2011 playable hero added to Heroes of Newerth, S2's multiplayer online battle arena video game.[5][6][7][8] In time for the 2014 Comic-Con, she worked with sekretagent Productions and Allegory Media to produce a four issue Aluna comic book series.[6][9]

Personal life[edit]

Garcés's first child is daughter Skye Mahoney, was born in 1992.[10] In 2002 she married Antonio Hernandez, an entrepreneur and producer.[11] Garcés and Hernandez have a son born in 2013.[11][12][13]


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 The Station Agent Cashier
2003 Marci X Yolanda Quinones
2003 Spin Francesca
2004 Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle Maria
2005 Che Guevara Aleida
2005 The 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
2008 Harold & Kumar Go to Amsterdam Short film
2011 A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas
2011 Deception Katrina Mendoza
2013 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 The Brothers García Milagros Episode: "West Side Stories"
2003 CSI: Miami Carmen Abregon Episode: "Simple Man"
2004 The Sopranos Felicia Galan Episode: "Unidentified Black Males"
2005 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit CSU Tech Millie Vizcarrondo 4 episodes
2006–2008 The 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 main series cast
2010 Warehouse 13 Dr. Kelly Hernandez 5 episodes
2010 Chase Tia Archer Episode: "Betrayed"
2011 The 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 Hernandez
2018–present On My Block Geny Martinez


  1. ^ "AMC Star Pregnant". Soap Opera Digest. June 21, 2013.
  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. ^ a b Moreno, Carolina (2013-07-09). "Paula Garces Creates Aluna, A Latina Superhero, To Represent Latinos". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2016-04-18.
  6. ^ a b Garcés, Paula (2013-09-05). "Meet Me and My Family!". Sekretagent Productions. Retrieved 2016-04-18.
  7. ^ "Aluna Comes to Life". HofN Newsletter Vol7. S2 Games. 2011. Retrieved 2016-04-18.
  8. ^ Callaham, John (2011-02-25). "Interview: Actress Paula Garces talks about bringing Aluna to Heroes of Newerth". Retrieved 2011-02-28.
  9. ^ alunathecomic (2014-07-23). "Aluna 2014 San Diego Comic Con". Aluna Comics. Retrieved 2016-04-18.
  10. ^ Castillo, Amaris (2013-06-26). "'Devious Maids' Star Paula Garces is Expecting!". Latina. Retrieved 2016-04-18.
  11. ^ a b Leonard, Elizabeth (2013-06-26). "Paula Garces Expecting Second Child". People. Archived from the original on 2013-07-02. Retrieved 2016-04-18.
  12. ^ WENN Staff (2013-06-27). "Paula Garces: 'My Pregnancy Is A Miracle'". Retrieved 2016-04-18.
  13. ^ Hernandez, Lee (2013-11-20). "Paula Garces Welcomes Son Antonio Andres". People. Retrieved 2016-04-18.

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