Actress of the Day: PAZ VEGA
What she’s in: THE SPIRIT coming out December 25, 2008.
Her Character: Plaster of Paris
Why we like her: There is just something about Paz Vega. I first noticed her in Spanglish, but Paz Vega had been around before that. And with a part in The Spirit, I am looking forward to seeing her take on this new role.
Vega made her television debut in the Spanish TV series, Menudo es mi padre, which starred pint-sized rumba singer El Fary. After appearing in two other series in 1997 – Mas que amigos and teen drama Compañeros – she went on to grace the silver screen in 1999 in Zapping. The same year she also had a minor role in the David Menkes movie I Will Survive (Sobreviviré) alongside Emma Suárez, Juan Diego Botto and a cameo from Boy George.
She made her big break in 7 Vidas, also in 1999. The series was billed as a Spanish Friends and went on to become one of the country’s best-loved domestic sitcoms. Vega played Laura, a perky Andalusian girl who had come to stay with David, who had recently come out of a coma. The series was broadcast on Telecinco and finished April 12, 2006, albeit without Vega.
The 2001 film Sex and Lucia brought the actress to the attention of a larger audience. She then became much better known in the United States after a star-making role in the 2004 James L. Brooks film Spanglish opposite Adam Sandler.
She recently co-starred with Morgan Freeman in the independent film 10 Items or Less.
Vega is also a model. She is signed to 1/One Management in New York City.
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