Paz de la Huerta

Paz de la Huerta was born on September 3, 1984, in New York. She is the daughter of a Spaniard and an American, and has an older sister named Rafaela. Born with a cystic hygroma on her right side, she underwent multiple surgeries into her adolescence. The girls were raised between Spain and the United States, where their mother worked. At the age of 4, Paz was enrolled in the SoHo Children's Acting Studio in New York. Later, she joined the Actors Studio and studied acting under Marcia Haufrecht. She also attended design courses at Buck's Rock Camp in Connecticut.
At 14, she made her cinematic debut in "Luminous Motion" (1998), directed by Bette Gordon. The following year, Swedish director Lasse Hallström noticed her and offered her a role in "The Cider House Rules," alongside Michael Caine, Tobey Maguire, and Charlize Theron. Concurrently, she made appearances on television in various series starting from 1999 (such as "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," "Law & Order," "The Practice") before landing a more substantial role in the TV movie "A Memory in My Heart" (2001).
The young actress collaborated on numerous projects and secured supporting roles in films like Ethan Hawke's "Chelsea Walls" (2000), Adam Shankman's "A Walk to Remember" (2002), Kevin Asher Green's "Homework" (2004), and the dramatic comedy "Choke" by Clark Gregg (2008). Additionally, she modeled for fashion brands like Uniqlo and Wolford.
Paz de la Huerta then portrayed more provocative roles; at the age of 25, she played a prostitute in Jim Jarmusch's thriller "The Limits of Control" in 2009. That same year, she portrayed a stripper in French director Gaspar Noé's "Enter the Void." Both films premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. Since then, she has alternated between television and cinema. In 2010, she landed a role in the series "Boardwalk Empire," followed by appearances in films such as "Nurse 3D" (2013), "Bare" (2015), and "Puppy Love" (2017).

Acting

2008

Choke (2008)

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