Paz de la Huerta

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Paz de la Huerta
Paz de la Huerta at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival
BornMaría de la Paz Elizabeth Sofía Adriana de la Huerta[citation needed]
(1984-09-03) September 3, 1984 (age 30)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Years active1998–present
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Paz de la Huerta
Paz de la Huerta at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival
BornMaría de la Paz Elizabeth Sofía Adriana de la Huerta[citation needed]
(1984-09-03) September 3, 1984 (age 30)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Years active1998–present

María de la Paz Elizabeth Sofía Adriana de la Huerta (born September 3, 1984), better known by her stage name Paz de la Huerta, is an American actress and model. De la Huerta began acting and modeling in adolescence, and had roles in The Cider House Rules (1999), A Walk to Remember (2002) and Choke (2008). She has also starred in several independent films, and is known for her role as Lucy Danziger in the HBO drama series Boardwalk Empire.

Early life[edit]

De la Huerta was raised by a single mother, along with her older sister, Rafaela de la Paz (born November 5, 1981), in the New York City neighborhood of SoHo, located in the Lower Manhattan area. Her parents are Iñigo de la Huerta y Ozores, the Spanish XVII Duke of Mandas and Villanueva,[1] (born November 17, 1944, in San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain) and Judith Bruce (born October 23, 1946, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States).[2] De la Huerta was born with recurrent cystic hygroma under her arm, which she has had treated with multiple surgeries. Her mother worked as an authority on birth control and women's issues in Third World countries.[3] She attended private Saint Ann's School in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, with fellow student and future fashion designer, Zac Posen, for whom she has since modeled.[3] She also attended the performing arts camp Buck's Rock. De la Huerta spent summers with her father in Spain while attending high school.[4]


De la Huerta began modeling in her adolescence and became a runway model before transitioning into film. She made her film debut with a small role in the 1998 romantic comedy The Object of My Affection, and then starred opposite Michael Caine and Charlize Theron in The Cider House Rules (1999).

In 2002, she starred opposite Shane West and Mandy Moore in A Walk to Remember (2002), based on Nicholas Sparks' novel. De la Huerta starred in several independent films throughout the 2000s,[5] and landed a role in Choke (2008), based on Chuck Palahniuk's popular novel. In 2010, De la Huerta landed a regular role on the HBO series Boardwalk Empire, produced by Martin Scorsese, opposite Steve Buscemi and Michael Pitt. She posed nude for the January/February 2013 issue of Playboy, and appeared on the front cover.[6]

In 2014, filming in Las Vegas completed for the movie Death in the Desert, co-starring de la Huerta as Margo, with singer Roxy Saint as Corey,[7] and directed by Josh Evans.[8] Shayla Beesley played casino mogul Ted Binion's live-in girlfriend (named Kim in the film), alongside co-star Michael Madsen, who played Binion (renamed Ray for the film). The movie was inspired by the book Death in the Desert by Cathy Scott[9] with the screenplay by John Steppling.[10]

Personal life[edit]

De la Huerta lived with her mother and sister in New York City until her mid-twenties, when she moved into an apartment in the Tribeca neighborhood, later moving to a lower Manhattan apartment adjacent to her mother's. Her first boyfriend was Donald Cumming, frontman of The Virgins, whom she dated when she was 17. She has also dated Jack Nicholson, Scott Weiland and Orlando Bloom.[3]


1998Object of My Affection, TheThe Object of My Affection13-year-old Sally
1998Luminous MotionBeatrice
1999Cider House Rules, TheThe Cider House RulesMary Agnes
2000Looking for an EchoNicole Delgado
2001Bailey's MistakeBecca DonovanTelevision film
2001Chelsea WallsGirl
2001Riding in Cars with BoysPhone call flirt
2002Walk to Remember, AA Walk to RememberTracie
2002Girl's Guide to the Galaxy, AA Girl's Guide to the GalaxyMaxieShort film
2003Bringing RainDakota Cunningham
2005Steal MeLily Rose
2005Fierce PeopleJilly
2006Hollywood DreamsGuest at wedding
20065up 2downAllie
2006Nail PolishBecky Burns
2006Tripper, TheThe TripperJade
2007AnamorphYoung woman
2007Light and the SuffererAnnette
2007Neal CassadyTonya Novak
2008Guitar, TheThe GuitarConstance "Cookie" Clemente
2008DeceptionList member #1
2009Limits of Control, TheThe Limits of ControlNude
2009Enter the VoidLinda
2009Nothing PersonalTessShort film
200942 One Dream RushN/A
20114:44 Last Day on EarthWoman on street
2012Girl Is in Trouble, TheThe Girl Is in TroubleMaria
201230 BeatsLaura
2013Nurse 3DAbby Russell
2013In the WoodsN/APart of The Being Experience trilogy by
Jennifer Elster
2014Chuck Hank and the San Diego TwinsSalsaIn post-production
2014Concrete UndergroundIn post-production
2014Death in the DesertMargoFilming
2015Aimy in a CageCarolineIn post-production
2000Law & OrderChloeEpisode: "Loco Parentis"
2000Practice, TheThe PracticeJenny HolbrookEpisode: "Black Widows"
2000Law & Order: Special Victims UnitKaren RayeEpisode: "Chat Room"
2008X FemmesMiss LingerieEpisode: "Le bijou indiscret"
2010–2011Boardwalk EmpireLucy DanzigerMain cast (seasons 1–2); 13 episodes
2013EagleheartTess2 episodes
Music videos
2007"By the Time I Get Home There Won't Be Much of a Place for Me"Grand National
2011"Video Games"Lana Del ReyPaparazzi footage


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