Colombian-American actress Paula Garces was born in Medellin, Colombia on March 20, 1974. She moved to the U.S. when she was young and got stints in commercials, and later on created a career in kick-boxing and fitness training in New York City. She is married to Antonio Hernandez and they have daughter named Skye. Her husband owns a deli in New York City. The daughter of a fisherman and a dance teacher, she got into commercials through her talent agent, who was her father’s best friend.
One of Garces’ first films was a little-known feature appearing opposite James Van Der Beek in the independently produced drama Harvest in 1997. She has since appeared in a lot of notable films, including James Redford’s directorial debut Spin, Hangin’ with the Homeboys, Life with Mikey, and Dangerous Minds.
Paula Garces broke into the Hollywood scene after starring in the 2002 sci-fi adventure Clockstoppers opposite Jesse Bradford. Paramount loved her performance resulting in a quick follow-up in the form of Richard Benjamin’s hip-hop comedy Marci X, which she starred in alongside Lisa Kudrow and Damon Wayans.
Garces’ next project was opposite Oscar winner Tommy Lee Jones in the feature Man of the House. Appearances on television series soon followed, with the hit show CBS’ CSI: Miami, HBO’s The Sopranos, Oz, and NBC’s Law and Order: Special Victim’s Unit. While filming Law and Order: SVU, she was cast on the FX police drama The Shield. On the show, she played the part of Officer Tina Hanlon, who turned out to be a very popular character. In turn, her contract was extended to three more seasons.
Going back to movies, Garces then starred in the 2008 comedy Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay. Soon after she produced an animated film called Red Princess Blues Animated: The Book of Violence. In 2009, Garces was cast as pilot and on-board documentary producer Paula Morales on the ABC space-themed drama Defying Gravity. The following year, she played Dr. Kelly Hernandez on Warehouse 13. At present, she appears on the ABC series Devious Maids.
2013 Devious Maids (TV series)
2013 Elementary (TV series)
2011 A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas
2011 Breakout Kings (TV series)
2011 The Good Wife (TV series)
2010 Chase (TV series)
2010 Warehouse 13 (TV series)
2010 Heroes of Newerth (Video Game)
2009 Defying Gravity (TV series)
2006-2008 The Shield (TV series)
2008 Knight Rider (TV series)
2008 Harold & Kumar Go to Amsterdam (video short)
2008 Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay
2003-2007 CSI: Miami (TV series)
2006 Pledge This!
2005 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV series)
2005/I Man of the House
2005 The Shore
2005 Che Guevara
2004 Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle
2004 The Sopranos (TV series)
2003 Marci X
2003 The Station Agent
2002 The Brothers Garcia (TV series)
1999-2001 Guiding Light (TV series)
1999 Oz (TV series)
1995 Dangerous Minds
1994 New York Undercover (TV series)
1993 Life with Mikey
1991 Hangin' with the Homeboys
1991 Law & Order (TV series)