Paula Garcés

Biography: Colombian-born, Spanish Harlem-raised actress Paula Garcés graduated to film by virtue of her career as a soap star on Guiding Light (where she played Pilar Santos). She then immediately fell into a Tinseltown niche by specializing in big-screen portrayals of fiery, doe-eyed Latinas with heightened allure and exoticism -- qualities that lent themselves equally to drama and farce. Early projects included supporting roles in the Michael J. Fox comedy Life with Mikey (1993), the Michelle Pfeiffer-starring inspirational drama Dangerous Minds (1995), and the disastrous Lisa Kudrow-Damon Wayans hip-hop comedy Marci X (2003). Garcés received much higher billing as Maria, the elusive "dream girl" of Harold, in the stoner comedy Harold and Kumar go to White Castle (2004) and its sequel, Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (2008). The actress' resumé also includes guest appearances on such TV series as Oz, The Sopranos, and Law & Order: SVU, and a recurring role as Officer TinaColombian-born, Spanish Harlem-raised actress Paula Garcés graduated to film by virtue of her career as a soap star on Guiding Light (where she played Pilar Santos). She then immediately fell into a Tinseltown niche by specializing in big-screen portrayals of fiery, doe-eyed Latinas with heightened allure and exoticism -- qualities that lent themselves equally to drama and farce. Early projects included supporting roles in the Michael J. Fox comedy Life with Mikey (1993), the Michelle Pfeiffer-starring inspirational drama Dangerous Minds (1995), and the disastrous Lisa Kudrow-Damon Wayans hip-hop comedy Marci X (2003). Garcés received much higher billing as Maria, the elusive "dream girl" of Harold, in the stoner comedy Harold and Kumar go to White Castle (2004) and its sequel, Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (2008). The actress' resumé also includes guest appearances on such TV series as Oz, The Sopranos, and Law & Order: SVU, and a recurring role as Officer Tina Hanlon on The Shield. Expand

Paula Garcés' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average career score: 50
Highest Metascore: 81 The Station Agent
Lowest Metascore: 20 Marci X
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 9
  2. Negative: 3 out of 9
9 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
57 Adult Beginners Apr 24, 2015 Blanca 6.2
39 The Maid's Room Aug 8, 2014 Drina tbd
61 A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas Nov 4, 2011 Maria 7.0
57 Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay Apr 25, 2008 Maria 8.4
35 Man of the House Feb 25, 2005 Teresa 6.0
64 Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle Jul 30, 2004 Maria / Maria tbd
81 The Station Agent Oct 3, 2003 Cashier 8.7
20 Marci X Aug 22, 2003 Yolanda Quinones 9.1
40 Clockstoppers Mar 29, 2002 Francesca 6.4