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7 April 10th, 2013 Paula Garces Lands New Role Of Crime Fighter Lea Marquez On All My Children!

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The Online Network announced today that Paula Garces, best known for her role in “Maria” in the Harold & Kumar film franchise, will join the cast of the beloved serial drama All My Children, re-launching on April 29th on Hulu, Hulu Plus and iTunes thanks to The Online Network.

Garces will portray Lea Marquez, a smart, savvy, beautiful woman who’s devoted her life to a career of fighting crime and bringing down the bad guys. Lea’s career takes up most of her days and nights, which leaves little time for a personal life. That is, until a man challenges her safe, controlled existence and threatens to open up the part of her she’d long since put to rest, her heart.

Garces will also be seen this summer on Lifetime Network’s Devious Maids, which is created and executive produced by Marc Cherry and executive produced by Eva Longoria.

Paula made her film debut in Paramount’s teen sci-fi adventure Clockstoppers, starring opposite Jesse Bradford. From there, Garces went on to star in the hip-hop comedy Marci X. Among her other feature credits are Man of the House, opposite Academy Award-winner Tommy Lee Jones, James Redford’s directorial debut, “Spin,” alongside Ruben Blades which would lead her to star as “Maria” in New Line hit comedies Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay and A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas.  Garces’ small screen credits include: CBS “Elementary”, “CSI: Miami”, NBC “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and spent three years as Officer Tina Hallon on FX’s hit television series “The Shield.”

Expanding her career further Paula Garces created “Aluna”, the first Trans-media Latina superhero character, which debuted at San Diego’s Comic Con in 2011. Aluna is currently licensed to an online game called “Heroes of Newerth” and she is being played over 45 thousand times a day worldwide. Ms. Garces has partnered with Sekret Agent Productions, the creative writing team behind “Assassin Creed”, to rewrite the Aluna comic books. They will release the new series at San Diego’s Comic Con July 2013 as a trilogy.

So soapers, who do you think Garces as Lea Marquez will mix it up with in Pine Valley? What do you think of this bit of casting news? Let us know!


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  1. Enrique Buenrostro says:

    She was also on Guiding Light as Pilar Santos


    jimh replied

    I thought she looked familiar!


  2. BTripp says:

    Good for her! Wonder if she will be Griffin’s new lady.


    Elizabeth replied

    I was just thinking the same thing.


  3. jimh says:

    I thought i was reading GHs Anna Devane bio after reading this characters description!


  4. RobertC says:

    She was also in the NBC show Las Vegas for at least one season a few year ago


  5. Amy Eads says:

    I kept watching her scenes with Zack on AMC on Hulu and couldn’t quite place it until I realized she was Tina on The Shield.


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