Paulina Gálvez is born in Santiago, Chile to a Chilean mother and a Spanish father, both economists, Paulina was raised in Spain from the age of eight. She started her artistic career as a Flamenco dancer in several companies and her first acting work was leading the film Bazar Viena with renewed Spanish actor Alfredo Landa, while attending the Cristina Rota acting school. Paulina started in theatre with famous experimental Catalan group Els Joglars, from Barcelona and has been working in film productions, theater and television in Europe, USA, and Latin America.
Started as flamenco dancer at Carmen Cortes Flamenco Company. She was pregnant while filming the TV series Hospital Central until she was 7 months and 15 days but in the scripts another character was pregnant (Maria Casal). Paulina was filming the feature film Kosh BA Kosh during the tadjick civil war between 1992 and 1993. The crew had to be evacuated by the army and stop filming for several months but the director Bakhtyar Khudojnazarov ask Paulina to return and she went back there for the film that ended wining a Silver Lion in Venice Film Festival 1993.
She has shot one film in the US (Desperation Road) with Mel Gibson and a TV series (Panhandle).
She has won the following awards for the best actress and has also being nominated two times too.
Best actress Slam competition Festival Int Cine Miami for short film “ESCAPE”
2016 Best Unipersonal show Miami Life Awards for “Taitantos”
2004 Best actress X Mostra de Cinema Llatinoamérica de Lleida for “SUB TERRA”
2003 Best actress Biarritz Film Festival for “SUB TERRA”
2003 Nominated for Best Actress APES Chile for “SUB TERRA”
1998 Nominated Goya Best Actress for “PORTRAIT OF A WOMAN WITH A MAN IN THE BACKGROUND”
She has played more than 90 different characters ranging from comedic to dramatic in theater, films and television, with renowned directors and actors such as Carlos Saura, Javier Bardem, Federico Luppi, Jordi Mollà, Ricky Schroder, among many others.
In 2000, she played Marta, the Gypsy servant in the American series Queen of Swords for Paramount Television and, along with Tessie Santiago, was one of only two actors to appear in all 22 episodes of the TV series filmed at Texas Hollywood, Almería, Spain. She later appeared in the series Dueños del Paraíso for Telemundo, starring Kate del Castillo, and in the Bambú production for Atresmedia, La embajada. In 2018 she was cast as Catalina in the television series based on the film The Purge, produced by Blumhouse for the USA Network.
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You were born in Santiago, Chile, and were raised in Spain from the age of eight. You started your artistic career as a Flamenco dancer in several companies and your first acting work was in the film Bazar Viena with renewed actor Alfredo Landa. You had training in Cristina Rota’s regular course, Seminars with Juan Carlos Corazza, Susan Batson, Tom Todoroff, Juan José Jusid, Mariano Barroso, John Strassberg, Arcadi Levin, Voice and diction with Concha Doñaque, Vicente Fuentes, Esther Caporale, Lenore Harris. This later propelled your career to the height where you have been at the top of the world of acting and won the Best Actress Award at Slam competition Int Film Festival of Miami for the short film “ESCAPE”. Tell us more about your professional journey of exceptional hard work, tenacity, and endurance.
I started working a few months after I enrolled in the acting school, then I got cast as a lead in the film Bazar Viena. After that first experience I realized how much I needed to learn to become the actress I wanted to be, so I continued training and working in low budget productions and short films.
That is where I learned how to be in front of the camera and contribute to tell a story. I don’t feel this is a job where you get to the top, rather a path that you walk while you learn and experience the craft, and for me that’s more exciting than anything. I continue working with emerging directors in shorts or low budget films as a way to give back and keep that flame intact.
You acted in the film Sub Terra released on 2nd October 2003 (Chile) and won the Best Actress Award at 2004 Mostra de Cinema Latinoamérica de Lleida for “SUB TERRA”, the 2003 Best actress Biarritz Film Festival for “SUB TERRA” and in 2003 Nominated for Best Actress APES Chile for “SUB TERRA”. Tell us more about this spectacular achievement of yours.
Later on in my career that started in Europe, they realized I was born in Chile so I had the chance to work in a couple of films there. Sub Terra was the most expensive production made in Chile at this time—a period film set in the 19th century—and told the story about the living conditions of miners in Lota and the tensions with the oligarchy who owned the mines. We worked on location, with the descendants of the miners as background, and it was incredibly moving and revealing having the chance to tell their story with them, who guided us to the depths of their feelings and memories.
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