Birthplace: Medellín, Colombia
Paula Garcés (born March 20, 1974) is a Colombian American film and television actress, known for her appearance in films such as Clockstoppers, Man of the House and The Harold and Kumar Series, and on TV shows such as CSI: Miami, The Shield, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, The Sopranos, Oz, Devious Maids and All My Children.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.
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 the 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 the second season of the Syfy TV series Warehouse 13.
In May 2011, Garcés appeared in "Off the Beaten Path", the 11th episode of the first season of Breakout Kings.
In February 2013, Garcés appeared on the CBS series Elementary, playing villainous police officer Paula Reyes in the first-season episode, "Details."
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. 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. In time for the 2014 Comic-Con, she worked with sekretagent Productions and Allegory Media to produce a four issue Aluna comic book series.
Garcés's first child is daughter Skye Mahoney, was born in 1992. In 2002 she married Antonio Hernandez, an entrepreneur and producer. After two miscarriages together, Garcés and Hernandez welcomed a son, Antonio Andrés Hernandez, on 20 November 2013.
|1991||Hangin' with the Homeboys||Harassed Sister|
|1993||Life with Mikey||Janice|
|2003||The Station Agent||Cashier|
|2003||Marci X||Yolanda Quinones|
|2004||Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle||Maria|
|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|
|2013||The Maid's Room||Drina|
|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"|
|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||On My Block||Geny Martinez|