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Paz Campos Trigo (born January 2, 1976), better known as Paz Vega, is a Spanishmarker actress.

Biography

Early life

Vega was born in Sevillemarker, Andalucíamarker, Spainmarker to a homemaker mother and a retired bullfighter father. Vega has described her family as "traditional" and Catholic. She took her stage name from her grandmother. After attending a performance of Federico García Lorca's La casa de Bernarda Alba at the age of 15 she was convinced that she wanted to become an actress. After completing compulsory education at 16, she was accepted at the prestigious Centro Andaluz de Teatro stage school. After two years at the stage school and two more years studying journalism, Vega moved to Madridmarker.

Screen career

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 Andalusianmarker 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 saucy 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. In 2007, she co-starred with Morgan Freeman in the independent film 10 Items or Less. In 2008, she co-starred with Gabriel Macht, Samuel L. Jackson, and Scarlett Johansson in The Spirit. Vega is also a model. She is signed to 1/One Management in New York Citymarker.

Personal life

Vega and her husband, Orson Salazar, had their first child, son Orson, on May 2, 2007. Her second child, daughter Ava was born on July 17, 2009.

Filmography

Year Movie Role Notes and Awards
1997 Más allá del jardín
1998 Perdón, perdón María
1999 Zapping Elvira
Sobreviviré Azafata
2000 Nadie conoce a nadie Ariadna
El chico en la puerta
2001 Lucía y el sexo Lucía
Sólo mía Angela
2002 Hable con ella Amparo
El otro lado de la cama Sonia
Novo Isabelle
2003 Carmen Carmen
2004 Di que sí Estrella Cuevas
Spanglish Flor Moreno
2006 10 Items or Less Scarlet
Los Borgia Caterina Sforza
Fade to Black Lea Padovani
2007 Teresa, el cuerpo de Cristo Santa Teresa de Jesús
La Masseria Delle Allodole Nunik
2008 The Human Contract Michael
The Spirit Plaster of Paris
2009 Not Forgotten Amaya
The Six Wives of Henry Lefay Veronica
Triage Elena Morales
Burning Palms Blanca Juarez
Wanted: Weapons of Fate Araña video game


Awards and nominations

Premios Goya

Year Category Film Result
2001 Best actress in a leading role Sólo mía NOMINATION
2001 Best breakthrough actress performance Lucía y el sexo WON


Premios Unión de Actores

Year Category Film Result
2001 Best actress in a leading role Sólo mía NOMINATION
2001 Best breakthrough actress performance Lucía y el sexo NOMINATION


Fotogramas de Plata

Year Category Film Result
2003 Best actress Carmen NOMINATION
2002 Best actress El otro lado de la cama NOMINATION
2001 Best actress Lucía y el sexo and Sólo mía NOMINATION


European Awards

Year Category Film Result
2003 Viewers award best actress Carmen Nomination


Cannes Festivalmarker

Year Category Film Result
2001 Trofeo Chopard best breakthrough performance Lucía y el sexo WON


Imagen Foundation

Year Category Film Result
2004 Best actress Spanglish WON


Phoenix Film Critics Society

Year Category Film Result
2004 Best breakthrough performance Spanglish WON


Círculo de Escritores Cinematográficos

Year Category Film Result
2001 Best actress Sólo mía WON


Sant Jordi Awards

Year Category Film Result
2001 Best Spanish Act Lucía y el sexo and Sólo mía WON


Ondas Award

Year Category Film Result
2001 Best actress Lucía y el sexo WON


References

  1. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/chronicle/a/2004/12/12/PKGQ2A7EAH1.DTL&type=movies
  2. "Spanish actress Paz Vega gives birth to baby boy", May 3, 2007 article from the Associated Press, via the International Herald Tribune, Accessed February 10, 2008.
  3. http://celebrity-babies.com/2009/07/21/paz-vega-welcomes-daughter-ava/


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