Paz de la Huerta

Paz de la Huerta

Paz de la Huerta at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival
Born María de la Paz Elizabeth Sofía Adriana de la Huerta
(1984-09-03) September 3, 1984
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1998–present

María de la Paz Elizabeth Sofía Adriana de la Huerta y Bruce (born September 3, 1984), known by her stage name Paz de la Huerta, is an American actress and model. De la Huerta is notable for her roles in the films The Cider House Rules (1999), A Walk to Remember (2002), Choke (2008), Enter the Void (2009), and Nurse 3D (2013), and for her role as Lucy Danziger in the HBO drama series Boardwalk Empire.

Early life

De la Huerta was raised by her 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 Ricardo Ignacio 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 appeared opposite Michael Caine and Charlize Theron in The Cider House Rules (1999).

In 2002, she appeared opposite Shane West and Mandy Moore in A Walk to Remember (2002), based on Nicholas Sparks' novel. De la Huerta played roles 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, with De la Huerta as Margo[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] She is briefly seen in a bikini "crashing" an interview (minute 6:29) of "My Scientology Movie" the latest film by acclaimed documentary filmmaker Louis Theroux.

Personal life

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. In April 2011, she was sued by MTV reality show actress Samantha Swetra after she allegedly hit the actress in the face, before throwing a glass at her that shattered and cut her leg[11] She was also arrested, criminally charged with assault, issued a desk appearance ticket, and released for the same incident.[12]


Year Title Role Notes
1998 Object of My Affection, TheThe Object of My Affection 13-year-old Sally
1998 Luminous Motion Beatrice
1999 Cider House Rules, TheThe Cider House Rules Mary Agnes
2000 Looking for an Echo Nicole Delgado
2001 Bailey's Mistake Becca Donovan Television film
2001 Chelsea Walls Girl
2001 Riding in Cars with Boys Phone call flirt
2002 Walk to Remember, AA Walk to Remember Tracie
2002 Girl's Guide to the Galaxy, AA Girl's Guide to the Galaxy Maxie Short film
2003 Bringing Rain Dakota Cunningham
2003 Rick Vicki
2004 Homework Sara
2005 Steal Me Lily Rose
2005 Fierce People Jilly
2006 Hollywood Dreams Guest at wedding
2006 5up 2down Allie
2006 Nail Polish Becky Burns
2006 Tripper, TheThe Tripper Jade
2007 Anamorph Young woman
2007 Light and the Sufferer Annette
2007 Neal Cassady Tonya Novak
2008 Guitar, TheThe Guitar Constance "Cookie" Clemente
2008 Choke Nico
2008 Deception List member #1
2009 Limits of Control, TheThe Limits of Control Nude
2009 Enter the Void Linda
2009 Nothing Personal Tess Short film
2009 42 One Dream Rush N/A
2011 4:44 Last Day on Earth Woman on street
2012 Getting high Ally
2012 Girl Is in Trouble, TheThe Girl Is in Trouble Maria
2012 30 Beats Laura
2013 Nurse 3D Abby Russell
2013 In the Woods N/A Part of The Being Experience trilogy by
Jennifer Elster
2014 The Editor Josephine Jardin
2015 Bare Pepper
2015 Concrete Underground Post-production
2015 Death in the Desert Margo Post-production
2015 Aimy in a Cage Caroline Completed
2016 Chuck Hank and the San Diego Twins Margo Post-production
Year Title Role Notes
2000 Law & Order Chloe Episode: "Loco Parentis"
2000 Practice, TheThe Practice Jenny Holbrook Episode: "Black Widows"
2000 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Karen Raye Episode: "Chat Room"
2008 X Femmes Miss Lingerie Episode: "Le bijou indiscret"
2010–2011 Boardwalk Empire Lucy Danziger Main cast (seasons 1–2); 13 episodes
2013 Eagleheart Tess 2 episodes
Music videos
Year Title Artist Notes
2007 "By the Time I Get Home There Won't Be Much of a Place for Me" Grand National
2011 "Video Games" Lana Del Rey paparazzi footage


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  7. Death in the Desert (2014) - IMDb
  8. Photographer helped Madsen meet Sinatra | Las Vegas Review-Journal
  9. Kindest cut of all for cancer patients (scroll to end) | Las Vegas Review-Journal
  10. Death in the Desert (2014) - IMDb
  11. Martinez, Jose (2011-04-11). "Paz de la Huerta sued over alleged assault on former 'The City' star Samantha Swetra". New York Daily News. Retrieved April 14, 2016.
  12. "Boardwalk Empire Star Paz de la Huerta Accused of Assault". DNAinfo. March 24, 2011. Retrieved April 14, 2016.
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