Who is Paz Vega?

Spanish actress, film writer and director Maria de la Paz Trigos, was born in Seville, Spain, on 2 January 1976, under the zodiac sign of Capricorn. She’s appeared in more than 70 movies and TV series, and is perhaps best known for her playing of Flor in the 2004 romantic comedy movie “Spanglish”, written and directed by James L. Brooks, and in which she starred alongside Adam Sandler and Tea Leoni. It follows a woman who’s moved to the USA from Mexico with her daughter, and has begun working for a famous chef and his wife; the film won five of its 20 award nominations.

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Education and early life

Paz and her sister Sara were raised in Seville by their father Manuel Campos who was a bullfighter, and mother Paz Trigo who was a housewife; Paz’s sister Sara is a professional flamenco dancer. Both girls were raised Catholic, and have revealed that their parents were quite religious.

Paz had a rather normal childhood, and began taking dancing lessons together with her sister at a quite an early age. She enrolled at local high school in 1990, and was 16 years old when she watched the theatre play “La Casa de Bernarda Alba” by Federico Garcia Lorca, and fell in love with acting.

Paz completed her compulsory education in 1992, and then enrolled at stage school Centro Andaluz de Teatro, quitting after two years to then study journalism for two years, before in 1996 moving to Madrid, Spain in pursuit of an acting career.

Roles in TV series

Paz’s debut TV series appearance was in the 1997 comedy drama “Menudo es mi Padre”, and in 1998 she was then cast to play the lead character Olga in the  comedy drama “Mas que Amigos” and Luz in the  romantic comedy drama “Companeros”.

Between 1999 and 2006, Paz played the supporting character Laura Arteagabeitia in the comedy “7 Vidas”, which starred Amparo Baro, Gonzalo de Castro and Blanca Portillo, and follows David who’s awakened after having been in a coma for 18 years; the series won 23 of its 51 award nominations. Paz went on to play Rocio Janer in four episodes of the 2008 comedy drama “Lex”, and she then played Namuna in two episodes of the 2012 romantic fantasy mini-series “One Thousand and One Nights”.

In 2015, she portrayed Isabella Delgado in the critically acclaimed comedy mini-series “Big Time in Hollywood, FL”, created by Alex Anfanger, who also starred in it alongside Lenny Jacobson and Jon Bass. It follows two brothers who’ve been kicked out of their father’s house, and have now begun shooting their first movie.

Paz’s three most recent roles in TV series have been in seven episodes of the fantasy mystery drama “The OA” from 2016 to 2019, 25 episodes of the 2019 thriller crime drama “Cuna de Lobos”, and the 2020 episode “Laurel (Simb. Gloria) of the comedy drama “The House of Flowers”; she’s currently shooting for the upcoming series “Jigsaw”.

Roles in movies

Paz made her debut film appearance in the 1998 short comedy “Perdon, Perdon”, and the following year saw her appear in the comedy drama “Zapping”, the romantic comedy drama “I Will Survive”, and the drama “Shelly Fisher”.

In 2002, she played Amparo in the critically acclaimed romantic mystery drama “Talk to Her”, written and directed by Pedro Almodovar, and which starred Rosario Flores, Javier Camara and Dario Grandinetti. It follows two men as they’re caring for two women who are in a coma, and the movie won 47 of its 94 award nominations, including an Oscar win for Best Writing, Original Screenplay.

In 2004, Paz played Estrella Cuevas in the romantic comedy “Di Que Si”, and the year 2006 saw her appear in four movies, including the comedy drama “10 Items or Less” and the mystery thriller “Fade to Black”.

She portrayed Plaster of Paris in the 2008 action crime fantasy “The Spirit”, which Frank Miller wrote and directed, and which starred Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson and Gabriel Macht. It follows police officer Denny Colt who’s begun fighting crime in Central City as The Spirit, and the film was nominated for four awards.

Some of Paz’s following notable performances were in the 2010 thriller comedy “Burning Palms” and the 2010 comedy “Don Mendo Rock ¿La Venganza?”, as well as the 2013 musical comedy “I’m So Excited”.

In 2014, she played Coral Baca in the biographical crime drama “Kill the Messenger”, directed by Michael Cuesta, and which starred Jeremy Renner, Robert Patrick and Jena Sims. It follows Journalist Gary Webb as he’s investigating the CIA’s involvement in the smuggling of crack cocaine in California in 1996, and the film won three of its nine award nominations.

Paz is also known for her playing of Alma in the 2017 action thriller drama “Acts of Vengeance”, directed by Isaac Florentine, and in which she starred alongside Antonio Banderas and Karl Urban. It follows an attorney whose wife and daughter have been murdered, and who’s now seeking revenge.

Paz’s three most recent film roles have been in 2021 in the thriller “El Lodo” and the action thriller drama “13 Minutes”, and the 2022 action thriller “There Are No Saints”. She’s currently shooting for the upcoming movies “Emperor” and “Fireflies at El Mozote”.

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Other credits

Paz sang three songs in the 2002 movie “The Other Side of the Bed”, and the song “Al Pasar la Barca” in the 2006 movie “10 Items or Less”.

She’s appeared in a number of documentaries, including the 2014 series “Le Grand Journal de Canal+”, the 2019 TV special “Premios Goya 33 Edicion” and thevideo “Vom Filmteam, Das Einen Drehort Suchte” also in 2019.

Paz’s the writer and director of the upcoming drama movie “Rita”.

She’s appeared in the talk-shows “MasterChef Celebrity”, “El Hormiguero” and “Dias de Cine”, amongst many others.

Awards and nominations

Paz has won 12 of her 24 award nominations. Some of her wins include a 2002 Antonita Colome Award for Best Female Performance and a 2002 Goya Award for Mejor Actriz Relevacion (Best New Actress), both for “Lucia y el Sexo”, and a 2002 Chopard Trophy for Female Revelation at the Cannes Film Festival.

Paz also ‘won’ three Yoga Awards for Worst Spanish Actress in 2004, 2015 and 2022.

Love life and husband

Paz married Venezuelan talent agent Orson Salazar on 2 January 2003 (her 27th birthday) in a large ceremony attended by more than 200 people; neither of the two has spoken about when they met, but it’s believed that it was in 1999, when both were vacationing on an island in Spain.

On 2 May 2007, Paz gave birth to their son Orson Salazar Jr, and their daughter Ava Salazar followed on 17 July 2009; their second son Lenon Salazar was born on 13 August 2010.

Paz hasn’t mentioned the men whom she dated prior to meting Orson, and she’s married to Orson Salazar as of October 2022, and has three children with him.

Interesting facts and hobbies

Paz has stated that she thinks of nudity as something natural, and that she has no problem shooting nude scenes; she’s also revealed that she wants to do English movies rather than just Spanish.

In 2008, the magazine “Maxim” ranked her #85 on their list Hot 100.

In 2020, Paz won the Spanish version of the popular singing competition show “The Masked Singer”.

‘Paz Vega’, when translated from Spanish means ‘peace meadow’.

She’s an Instagram star, and has posted nearly 1,500 pictures and videos onto her account, while there are today more than 500,000 people following her on the social media network.

Paz’s favorite actors are Humphrey Bogart and Henry Fonda, and some of her favorite movies include “The African Queen”, “Sabrina”, and “The Big Sleep”.

Height, eyes and net worth

Paz’s age is 46. She has brown hair and eyes, her height’s 5ft 6ins (1.69m) and her weight is around 130lbs (59kgs).

Paz’s net worth’s been estimated at over $10 million as of October 2022.

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