Paz Vega Biography
Paz Vega whose full name is María de la Paz Campos Trigos is a Spanish award-winning actress well known for her current role as Ava Mercer in the new Netflix heist drama series, Kaleidoscope. Previously, her roles of interest included her performance in the comedy Telecinco TV series, 7 Vidas. Moreover, she has credits in the film Sex and Lucia, the romantic comedy-drama Spanglish, the computer-animated comedy Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, and the comedy All Roads Lead to Rome. Additionally, she is also known for her role in the action thriller Acts of Vengeance and the action Rambo: Last Blood. Furthermore, she played the role of Catalina Creel in the Televisa Mexican series Cuna de Lobos.
Paz Vega Age
Vega was born in Seville, Andalusia, Spain on 2 January 1976. Therefore as of 2023, María de la Paz Campos Trigos is 47 years old.
Paz Vega Height
Vega stands at a height of 1.67 m, and her weight is about 54 kg.
Paz Vega Family
María de la Paz Campos Trigos was born to Manuel Campos, her father a former bullfighter, and Paz Trigo, her mother was a housewife. Vega’s sister Sara Vega has performed as a flamenco dancer and is also an actress. In Spanish, the first or paternal surname is Campos and the second or maternal family name is Trigos describing her family as traditional and Catholic. Moreover, she took her stage name from her grandmother.
Paz Vega Husband
Vega married her Venezuelan husband, Orson Salazar, a businessman in 2002, and on May 2007, they welcomed their first child, their second child in July 2009, and their third child in August 2010. On March 19, 2022, Salazar wrote on Instagram that he thinks that he loves her wife more than he has ever been able to show her. He also said that it has been 20 years together and he intends to keep doing everything he can. Together, Vega, Orson, Ava Salazar, Lenon Salazar, and Orson Salazar Jr. happily live together in their residence.
Paz Vega Career
At 16, María de la Paz Campos Trigos became an actress after attending a performance of Federico Garcia Lorca’s play, La Casa de Bernada Alba. At the same age, Vega completed her compulsory education and was accepted at the Centro Andaluz de Teatro stage school. After studying there for two years, she took another two years studying journalism and moved to Madrid to seek her future. Paz made her TV debut in the Spanish TV series Menudo es mi padre, starring rumba flamenco singer El Fary. Moreover, she has appeared in two other series in 1997, Más que amigos and the teen drama Compañeros. In 1999, Vega made her debut in Zapping as Elvira and also had a minor role in the David Menkes drama romantic comedy, I Will Survive (Sobreviviré) as Azafata alongside Emma Suarez and Juan Diego Botto.
She gained recognition and success in the 1999’s Telecinco TV series 7 Vidas billed as a Spanish Friends. Paz played Laura, a perky Andalusian girl who had come to stay with David who came out of a coma recently. Broadcasting on Telecinco, the series finished on 12 April 2006 notwithstanding without Vega. María de la Paz also starred in Julio Médem’s film Sex and Lucia in 2001 which brought the attention of a larger audience. Howbeit, Paz’s prominent exposure appeared in 2004 in James L. Brooks’s film Spanglish playing Flor alongside Adam Sandler. Vega also co-starred as Scarlett with Morgan Freeman in the independent film 10 Items or Less which was directed by Brad Silberling in 2006. In 2008, she co-starred as Plaster of Paris in the neo-noir superhero film, The Spirit alongside Gabriel Macht, Samuel L. Jackson, and Scarlett Johansson.
2011 Up to date
Jumping to 2011, Paz played Antonella D’Agostino in Michele Placido’s film Vallanzasca, The Angels of Evil based on the biography of Ilfiore del male. Woking as a model, Vega signed with 1/One Management in New York City, and in May 2011, she replaced Penélope Cruz as the face of L’Oreal Spain. María de la Paz Campos Trigos also participated in the third season of the La 1 cooking reality show MasterChef Celebrity in 2018. Based on the 1986 original telenovela Cuna de Lobos, Paz appeared on Televisa in 2019, portraying the lead character Catalina Creel in the mini-series Cuna de Lobos. She also portrayed an independent Mexican reporter in Rambo: Last Blood co-starring with Sylvester Stallone in 2019.
Kaleidoscope (Netflix Series)
Released on January 1, 2023, on Netflix, Kaleidoscope is an American heist drama TV mini-series created by Eric Garcia. Unique for its shuffled order, it centers around the master thief Leo Pap ( Giancarlo Esposito) and his crew trying an epic heist worth $7 billion. However, betrayal, greed, and other threats undermine their plans. Paz Vega playing Ava Mercer is an Argentinian immigrant-turned-lawyer who acts as a weapons specialist on Leo Pap’s (Giancarlo Esposito) team. Being one of the most dominant members of the group, she is an insider on all things within the black market and jewelry sales. Although, there is a twist where her personal issues force her to betray Pap and work as a mole for the FBI, thickening the plot. In the new Netflix series, Paz Vega will star alongside:
Just to mention, here some of María de la Paz Campos Trigos notable works:
- Perdón, perdón in 1998 as Maria
- Nadie conoce a nadie (Nobody Knows Anybody) in 1999 as Ariadna
- Sólo mía (Mine Alone) in 2001 as Ángela
- El otro lado de la cama (The Other Side of the Bed) in 2002 as Sonia
- Carmen in 2003 as Carmen
- Di que sí in 2004 as Estrella Cuevas
- Fade to Black in 2006 as Lea Padovani
- Teresa, el cuerpo de Cristo (Theresa: The Body of Christ) in 2007 as Santa Teresa
- Not Forgotten in 2008 as Amaya
- Traiage in 2009 as Elena Morales
- Burning Palms in 2010 as Blanca Juárez
- Cat Run in 2011 as Catalina Rona
- Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted in 2012 as Horses voice over
- Demon Inside in 2013 as Marta
- La ignorancia de la sangre (The Ignorance of Blood) in 2014 as Consuelo
- Big Time in Hollywood, FL in 2015 as Isabell Delgado
- La Hermandad in 2016 as Luisa Salinas
- Perdóname, señor in 2017 as Lucia Medina
- The Bra in 2018 as Daria
- ¡Ay, mi madre! in 2019 as Pili
- La Casa de las Flores in 2020 as Carmelita’s mother
- 13 Minutes in 2021 as Ana
- There are No Saints in 2022 as Nadia
- Kaleidoscope in 2023 as Ava Mercer
Awards and Recognition
In 2002 Vegas won the 48th Ondas Awards in the Best Actress category for the film Sex and Lucia and was a nominee in the 57th CEC Medals Best Actress category for the film Mine Alone. In 2002, Paz also won the 46th Sant Jordi Awards in the Best Spanish Actress category for both films. Moreover, she was also a nominee for the 52nd Fotogramas de Plata in the category of Best Film Actress in the film Sex and Lucia. The same year, she won and also was a nominee for the 16th Goya Awards in Best New Actress and Best Actress for Sex and Lucia and Mine Alone respectively. María de la Paz Campos Trigos was as well a nominee of the 11th Actors Union Awards in the Best Film Performance in a Leading Role and Best New Performance categories.
Going to 2003, Paz Vegas was nominated for the 53rd Fotogramas de Plata in Best Actress for the film The Other side of the Bed. In the following year, she was as well nominated for the 17th European Film Awards in the Jameson People’s Choice Award for Best Actress for the film Carmen. María de la Paz was a nominee for the Imagen Awards in the Best Actress category for Spanglish in 2005 and the 29th Actors and Actresses Union Awards in the Best Actress in an International Production for the film The OA in 2020. In 2021, she was nominated for the 4th Berlanga Awards in the Best Actress category for Wetland, and in 2022 the 1st Carmen Awards in the category of Best Actress for the film The House of Snails.
Paz Vegas’s Net Worth
Vega’s estimated net worth is $10 million dollars. Her primary source is her job as an actress.
Social Media Accounts
Vega is active on social media and she posts personal and work-related stuff from time to time. She has over 534k followers on Instagram, 179k on Facebook, and 3000 on Twitter.