Paz de la Huerta

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Paz de la Huerta
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Paz de la Huerta at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival
Born
María de la Paz Elizabeth Sofía Adriana de la Huerta

(1984-09-03) September 3, 1984 (age 35)
OccupationActress
Years active1998–present

María de la Paz Elizabeth Sofía Adriana de la Huerta[1] (born September 3, 1984), known professionally as Paz de la Huerta [pas de la ˈweɾ.ta], is an American actress and model. De la Huerta is notable for her roles in the films The Cider House Rules (1999), A Walk to Remember (2002), Choke (2008), Enter the Void (2009), Nurse 3D (2013) and as Lucy Danziger in the HBO drama series Boardwalk Empire.

Early life[edit]

De la Huerta was raised by her mother, with her older sister Rafaela de la Paz (born November 5, 1981), in the New York City neighborhood of SoHo, located in Lower Manhattan. Her parents are Spanish nobleman Ricardo Ignacio de la Huerta y Ozores, 16th Duke of Mandas (born November 17, 1944, in San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain),[2] and Judith Bruce (born October 23, 1946, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States).[3] 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.[4] 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.[4] She also attended the performing arts camp Buck's Rock. De la Huerta spent summers with her father in Spain while attending high school.[5]

Career[edit]

De la Huerta began modeling in her adolescence and became a 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 the next year appeared opposite Michael Caine and Charlize Theron in The Cider House Rules. In 2002, she appeared opposite Shane West and Mandy Moore in A Walk to Remember, an American coming-of-age romantic drama film based on the Nicholas Sparks' novel.

In 2007, de la Huerta was cast in the role of Linda for the film Enter the Void, a psychedelic melodrama set in neon-lit nightclub environments of Tokyo. Director Gaspar Noé found her after holding auditions in New York City.[6] "I met Paz and I really liked her. She had the profile for the character because she likes screaming, crying, showing herself naked—all the qualities for it."[7]

In 2009, de la Huerta was cast in the HBO pilot Boardwalk Empire, set in Atlantic City during the Prohibition era, as Enoch "Nucky" Thompson's mistress, a former Ziegfeld Follies dancer.[8] Boardwalk Empire was renewed for a second season, with de la Huerta returning as Lucy. Discussing the second season she said; "The first season was very different from the second season. With the first season, nobody really knew how the show was going to be received. With the second season, we had gotten lots of accolades and great reviews, so it was work, work, work, where we were shooting two episodes at a time."[9] After the second season ended, de la Huerta and fellow co-stars Michael Pitt, Aleksa Palladino, and Dabney Coleman all departed the cast. In 2012, she commented on her departure from the series, stating she wanted to put her focus on other things.[9] In 2013, she commented on how she would like to return to the hit series. "I’m still close with the producers. Terry (Terence Winter) always says it's possible for me to come back." Also adding; "I would love to come back with Lucy as a loving, doting mother."[10]

In 2011, Lana Del Rey, an American singer, received widespread attention when the music video for her single "Video Games" became a viral internet sensation.[11] The video—directed and edited by Del Rey—included paparazzi footage of de la Huerta falling down while intoxicated.[12] When asked if she was upset about the video, de la Huerta stated, "No, no. I don't get hung up about anything really. That's insignificant. I didn't really care."[9]

In April 2011, she was sued by MTV reality show actress Samantha Swetra after an altercation at a bar.[13] De la Huerta was arrested, issued a desk appearance ticket, and released.[14] In July 2011, she pleaded guilty to harassment and, in exchange, misdemeanor charges against her were reduced to a non-criminal violation. A judge ordered her to complete 12 weeks of alcohol counseling, one day of community service, and to stay away from Swetra.[15]

In July 2011, de la Huerta signed on to play Abby Russell, the protagonist in the horror film Nurse 3D.[16] A sequel for Nurse had been rumored by de la Huerta on her Twitter page with her stating that Nurse 2 would start shooting soon.[17] However, In 2015, it was reported that de la Huerta was suing the filmmakers, for ruining her career and injuring her when a speeding ambulance driven by a stunt driver struck her while shooting.[18]

In 2014, she completed filming in Las Vegas for the movie Death in the Desert, cast as Margo and co-starring with Michael Madsen and Shayla Beesley.[19] She also had a supporting role in the Canadian horror film The Editor.[20] She later appeared in Louis Theroux's 2015 documentary My Scientology Movie when she "crashed" an interview.[21]

The next year, de la Huerta played Pepper in the drama film Bare, opposite Dianna Agron. The film follows a young woman living in a small desert town in Nevada, who becomes romantically involved with a female drifter who leads her into a life of drugs, stripping, and psychedelic spiritual experiences. Director Natalia Leite wanted to cast two women who were willing to be totally raw and exposed on camera in the leading roles. She stated: "I wanted to find two women who were very different from each other to put those two contrasting energies together."[22] The film had a world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 19, 2015.[23] Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter wrote that de la Huerta was perfectly cast for her role as Pepper, though the film has a "mundane storyline."[24] John Stewart of The Slanted wrote, "The film is an wonderful departure for Glee’s Dianna Agron and her performance with Paz de la Huerta is sure to spark a lot more work in the future for both rising stars."[25]

Me Too movement[edit]

De la Huerta, at the height of the Me Too movement, said in an interview with Vanity Fair that movie mogul Harvey Weinstein raped her on two separate occasions in 2010, once after demanding to enter her apartment and have a drink, and once showing up after she had been subjected to repeated phone calls and had been drinking. De la Huerta came forward to police in 2017, within the New York state statute of limitations for rape in the first degree, and the New York District Attorney's Office was considering bringing charges against Weinstein.[26] While charges have yet to be filed in de la Huerta's case, Weinstein has been charged in New York with the rape of another woman. More than 75 women have accused Weinstein, who has denied all allegations.[27]

In November 2018, de la Huerta filed a $60 million lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court accusing Weinstein of raping her in 2010 and then embarking on a campaign of harassment that she contends damaged her career.[27]

Personal life[edit]

De la Huerta lived in New York City in an apartment on Gay Street, and then moved into an apartment adjacent to her mother in the Tribeca neighborhood.[28]

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Appearances in films
Year Title Role Notes
1998 The Object of My Affection 13-year-old Sally
1998 Luminous Motion Beatrice
1999 The Cider House Rules Mary Agnes
2000 Looking for an Echo Nicole Delgado
2001 Bailey's Mistake Becca Donovan Television film
2001 Chelsea Walls Girl
2001 Riding in Cars with Boys Phone call flirt
2002 A Walk to Remember Tracie
2002 A Girl's Guide to the Galaxy Maxie Short film
2003 Bringing Rain Dakota Cunningham
2003 Rick Vicki
2004 Homework Sara
2005 Steal Me Lily Rose
2005 Fierce People Jilly
2006 Hollywood Dreams Guest at wedding
2006 5up 2down Allie
2006 Nail Polish Becky Burns
2006 The Tripper Jade
2007 Anamorph Young woman
2007 Light and the Sufferer Annette
2007 Neal Cassady Tonya Novak
2008 The Guitar Constance "Cookie" Clemente
2008 Choke Nico
2008 Deception List member #1
2009 The Limits of Control Nude
2009 Enter the Void Linda
2009 Nothing Personal Tess Short film
2009 42 One Dream Rush N/A
2011 4:44 Last Day on Earth Woman on street
2012 Getting high Ally
2012 30 Beats Laura
2013 Nurse 3D Abby Russell
2013 In the Woods N/A Part of The Being Experience trilogy by
Jennifer Elster
2014 The Editor Josephine Jardin
2015 Bare Pepper
2015 The Girl Is in Trouble Maria
2015 Aimy in a Cage Caroline
2015 Death in the Desert Margo
2016 Streets of East L.A. The Nun
2017 A Midsummer Night's Dream Hippolyta
2018 Puppy Love[29] Carla

Television[edit]

Appearances in television series
Year Title Role Notes
2000 Law & Order Chloe Episode: "Loco Parentis"
2000 The Practice Jenny Holbrook Episode: "Black Widows"
2000 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Karen Raye Episode: "Chat Room"
2008 X Femmes Miss Lingerie Episode: "Le bijou indiscret"
2010–2011 Boardwalk Empire Lucy Danziger Main cast (seasons 1–2); 13 episodes
2013 Eagleheart Tess 2 episodes

Music videos[edit]

Appearances in music videos
Year Title Artist Notes
2007 "By the Time I Get Home There Won't Be Much of a Place for Me" Grand National
2011 "Video Games" Lana Del Rey paparazzi footage

References[edit]

  1. ^ Boardwalk Empire A-Z: the totally unofficial guide to accompany the hit HBO series, John Wallace, John Blake Publishing, 2012
  2. ^ "Fundación Casa Ducal de Medinaceli's webpage". Archived from the original on 2014-09-14.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ a b Jay Bulger (30 May 2010). "Are You Ready for Paz?". New York Magazine. New York Media LLC. Retrieved 26 July 2012.
  5. ^ "Paz de la Huerta". Hollywood.com. Archived from the original on 2012-10-19. Retrieved 2012-12-22.
  6. ^ Schmerkin, Nicolas. "Interview Gaspar Noe" (PDF). Enter the Void press kit. Wild Bunch. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 July 2012. Retrieved 30 June 2010.
  7. ^ Harris, Brandon (2010). "The Trip". Filmmaker. Los Angeles, CA: Independent Feature Project. 19 (Summer). ISSN 1063-8954. Archived from the original on 2011-03-21. Retrieved 10 August 2010.
  8. ^ "Interview: 'Boardwalk Empire' creator Terence Winter". September 9, 2010.
  9. ^ a b c Catarinella, Alex (August 10, 2012). "Exclusive Interview: Paz De La Huerta on Beauty, Acting, and Her Infamous Cameos". Elle Magazine. Retrieved April 15, 2017.
  10. ^ "Paz de la Huerta: I want to return to 'Boardwalk Empire'". Fox News. 28 August 2013.
  11. ^ Paul Harris (January 21, 2012). "Lana Del Rey: The strange story of the star who rewrote her past". The Guardian. Retrieved June 29, 2016.
  12. ^ Dobbins, Amanda (September 21, 2011). "Meet Lana Del Rey, the New Singer Music Bloggers Love to Hate". New York. New York Media, LLC. Retrieved December 12, 2011.
  13. ^ Martinez, Jose (2011-04-11). "Paz de la Huerta sued over alleged assault on former 'The City' star Samantha Swetra". New York Daily News. Retrieved April 14, 2016.
  14. ^ "Boardwalk Empire Star Paz de la Huerta Accused of Assault". DNAinfo. March 24, 2011. Archived from the original on November 6, 2017. Retrieved April 14, 2016.
  15. ^ GRACE, MELISSA. "Paz de la Huerta pleads guilty to harassment charge for bar brawl with reality star Samantha Swetra - NY Daily News".
  16. ^ "NSFW: Paz De La Huerta to Seduce You as 'The Nurse'!". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved 19 February 2014.
  17. ^ "Is there a sequel to the controversial horror 'Nurse 3D' already in the works?". Retrieved 2015-08-03.
  18. ^ "Nurse 3D Actress Sues Filmmakers For Ruining Her... - Yahoo Movies UK". uk.movies.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2015-08-03.
  19. ^ "The Hollywood Ballad of Lonnie 'Ted' Binion - Vegas Seven". Vegas Seven. Archived from the original on 3 June 2016. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  20. ^ "Astron-6 team tap Kier, Risk for "THE EDITOR"". Fangoria. Retrieved 29 December 2013.
  21. ^ Guerrasio, Jason (May 9, 2017). "A documentary filmmaker explains how infamous actress Paz de la Huerta hijacked his Scientology movie". Business Insider.
  22. ^ Rickinson, Steve (April 20, 2015). "2015 Tribeca Film Festival Profile: Natalia Leite (Writer/Director – 'BARE')". Indie NYC.
  23. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 25, 2015. Retrieved 2015-09-25.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  24. ^ Scheck, Frank (April 20, 2015). "'Bare': Tribeca Review". The Hollywood Reporter.
  25. ^ "Bare trailer, Glee's Dianna Agron breaks new ground in dark, passionate drama". 25 September 2015.
  26. ^ Keegan, Rebecca (November 2, 2017). "Paz de la Huerta Says Harvey Weinstein Raped Her Twice. Will That Bring Him to Justice?". Vanity Fair. Retrieved November 3, 2017.
  27. ^ a b Dalton, Andrew (November 13, 2018). "Actress Paz de la Huerta sues Harvey Weinstein, alleges rape". The Associated Press.
  28. ^ Bulger, Jay (May 30, 2010 ). "Are You Ready for Paz? ShareThis". New York. p. 6.
  29. ^ McNary, Dave (March 15, 2017). "Hopper Penn, Paz de la Huerta to Star in Dramatic Comedy Puppy Love". Variety. Retrieved November 3, 2017.

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