Paz Vega

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Paz Vega
Premios Goya 2020 - Paz Vega (cropped).jpg
Vega at the 34th Goya Awards in 2020
María de la Paz Campos Trigos

(1976-01-02) 2 January 1976 (age 46)
Seville, Spain
Years active1997–present
Orson Salazar
(m. 2002)

María de la Paz Campos Trigos (born 2 January 1976), known professionally as Paz Vega (Spanish: [paθˈβeɣa]), is a Spanish actress. Her film credits include Sex and Lucia (2001), Spanglish (2004), 10 Items or Less (2006), All Roads Lead to Rome (2015), Acts of Vengeance (2017), and Rambo: Last Blood (2019). She played the role of Catalina Creel in the 2019 television series Cuna de lobos.

Early life[edit]

Vega was born in Seville, Spain, in 1976 to a housewife mother and a father who was a former bullfighter.[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. Vega decided to become an actress after attending a performance of Federico García Lorca's play, La casa de Bernarda Alba, when she was 16.[3]

After completing compulsory education at 16, Vega was accepted at the Centro Andaluz de Teatro stage school.[4] She studied there for two years and took another two years studying journalism.[5] She next moved to Madrid to seek her future.[6]

Screen career[edit]

Vega at the 10 Items or Less premiere in Madrid with co-star Morgan Freeman in 2007

Vega made her television debut in the Spanish TV series, Menudo es mi padre, which starred rumba singer El Fary. She appeared in two other series in 1997—Más que amigos and teen drama Compañeros.

In 1999, she made her film debut in Zapping. The same year, she also had a minor role in the David Menkes movie I Will Survive (Sobreviviré), alongside Emma Suárez, and Juan Diego Botto.

Vega found success in 1999's TV series 7 Vidas. The series was billed as a Spanish Friends and became 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.

In 2001, she starred in Julio Médem's film Sex and Lucia, which brought her to the attention of a larger audience. However, she received prominent exposure, particularly to American audiences, when she appeared in the 2004 James L. Brooks American film Spanglish opposite Adam Sandler. In 2006, she co-starred with American actor Morgan Freeman in the independent film 10 Items or Less, directed by Brad Silberling. In 2008, she co-starred with Gabriel Macht, Samuel L. Jackson, and Scarlett Johansson in The Spirit. In 2011, Vega had a role in Michele Placido's film Vallanzasca –The Angels of Evil.

Vega also works as a model; she is signed to 1/One Management in New York City. In May 2011, Vega replaced Penélope Cruz as the face for L'Oreal Spain.[7]

In 2018, she participated in the third season of the reality cooking show MasterChef Celebrity.[8]

In 2019, Vega appeared in Televisa to portray the lead character Catalina Creel in the miniseries Cuna de Lobos, based on the 1986 original telenovela of the same title. The same year, she portrayed an independent Mexican reporter in Rambo: Last Blood, in which she co-starred with Sylvester Stallone.

Personal life[edit]

Vega and her Venezuelan husband, Orson Salazar, had their first child, a son, in May 2007.[9] Their second child, a daughter, was born in July 2009.[10] Their third child, another son, was born in August 2010.[11] They married in 2002.[citation needed]



Vega at the 33rd Goya Awards in 2019.
Not yet released Denotes works that have not yet been released
Year Title Roles Notes Ref.
1998 Perdón, perdón María Short film
1999 Zapping Elvira
I Will Survive Azafata
Nadie conoce a nadie (Nobody Knows Anybody) Ariadna [12]
2001 Lucía y el sexo (Sex and Lucia) Lucía [13]
Sólo mía (Mine Alone) Ángela [14]
2002 Hable con ella (Talk to Her) Amparo [15]
El otro lado de la cama (The Other Side of the Bed) Sonia [16]
Novo Isabelle
2003 Carmen Carmen [17]
2004 Di que sí Estrella Cuevas [18]
Spanglish Flor [19]
2006 10 Items or Less Scarlet [20]
Los Borgia (The Borgias) Caterina Sforza [21]
Fade to Black Lea Padovani
2007 La masseria delle allodole (The Lark Farm) Nunik [22]
Teresa, el cuerpo de Cristo (Theresa: The Body of Christ) Santa Teresa [23]
2008 The Human Contract Michael [24]
The Spirit Plaster of Paris [25]
2009 Not Forgotten Amaya
The Six Wives of Henry Lefay Verónica
Triage Elena Morales
2010 Burning Palms Blanca Juárez
Angel of Evil Antonella D'Agostino
2011 Cat Run Catalina Rona
2012 Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted Horses Voice role
2013 I'm So Excited! Alba
Demon Inside Marta
2014 Grace of Monaco Maria Callas [26]
Paulo Coelho's Best Story Luiza
Kill the Messenger Coral Baca
The Ignorance of Blood Consuelo
2015 All Roads Lead to Rome Giulia Carni
2016 La vida inmoral de la pareja ideal (La vida inmoral de la pareja ideal) Loles [27]
2017 Acts of Vengeance Alma
2018 The Bra Daria
2019 ¡Ay, mi madre! Pili
Rambo: Last Blood Carmen Delgado
2020 Chasing Wonders Adrianna
2021 American Night Sarah
2021 El lodo (Wetland) Claudia [28]
2022 There Are No Saints Nadia
2022 A todo tren 2. Ahora son ellas Not yet released Clara [29]


Year Title Roles Notes
1997 Menudo es mi padre Olga 6 episodes
1997–1998 Más que amigos Olga 28 episodes
1998 Compañeros Luz 17 episodes
1999 Shelly Fisher Seidy Bender Television film
1999–2006 7 vidas Laura Arteagabeitia 60 episodes
2008 Lex Rocío Janer 4 episodes
2012 Mary of Nazareth Mary Magdalene Television film
2015 Beautiful & Twisted Narcy Television film
Big Time in Hollywood, FL Isabella Delgado 4 episodes
2016–2017 La Hermandad Luisa Salinas Main role (seasons 1–2); 25 episodes
2016–2019 The OA Renata Main role (seasons 1–2); 7 episodes
2017 Perdóname, señor Lucía Medina 8 episodes
2018 Fugitiva Magda 9 episodes
Paquita Salas Herself Episode: "Punto de partida"
El Continental Belice 5 episodes
2019 Cuna de lobos Catalina Creel de Larios Main role
2020 La Casa de las Flores Carmelita's mother Episode: "LAUREL, (Symb. glory)"
2020–2021 Mask Singer: Adivina quién canta Catrina Winner (season 1); 8 episodes
Herself Investigator (season 2); 9 episodes
TBA Jigsaw Ava Mercer Main role, upcoming series

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
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


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  6. ^ "The Sexiest Comedy Of 2010?". AskMen. Archived from the original on 9 August 2016. Retrieved 20 December 2016.
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  14. ^ "Sólo mía". Fotogramas. 29 May 2008.
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  17. ^ Davies, Ann; Powrie, Phil (2006). Carmen on Screen: An Annotated Filmography and Bibliography. Tamesis. p. 66. ISBN 1-85566-129-2.
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  22. ^ Riambau, Esteve (29 May 2008). "El destino de Nunik". Fotogramas.
  23. ^ Ortega Alcántara, Leonor (2015–2016). "Visiones de Santa Teresa de Jesús: tres representaciones cinematográficas" (PDF). Isla de Arriarán: Revista cultural y científica (42–43): 679. ISSN 1133-6293.
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  25. ^ Wigler, Josh (18 December 2008). "The Spirit: The CBR Review".
  26. ^ Stanley, Alessandra (24 May 2015). "Review: 'Grace of Monaco,' a Fractured Fairy Tale on Lifetime". The New York Times.
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  28. ^ Zarco, Jorge (7 December 2021). "Paz Vega y Raúl Arévalo estrenan esta semana la película 'El Lodo', rodada en L'Albufera". Las Provincias.
  29. ^ Aller, María (10 August 2022). "Finaliza el rodaje de 'A todo tren 2. Ahora son ellas'". Fotogramas.

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