Paz de la Huerta is an American actress. She's best known for her roles in films such as "The Cider House Rules" and "Choke," as well as playing Lucy Danziger on HBO's "Boardwalk Empire."
Maria de la Paz Elizabeth Sofia Adriana de la Huerta, better know as Paz de la Huerta for short, was born in New York City, New York on September 3, 1984. The child of Spanish Duke of Mandas and Villanueva, Iñigo de la Huerta y Ozores, and Judith Bruce, a leading authority on women's issues in Third World countries, Paz was raised by her mother alone, who also had to take care of her older sister, Rafaela. The two grew up in the Lower Manhattan area, where they attended the private Saint Ann's School. Paz also went on to attend Buck's Rock Performing and Creative Arts Camp in New Milford, Connecticut, while also visiting her father in Spain during the summers.
No stranger to the runway, Paz made a living during her adolescence by modeling. However, before long she decided she'd try her hand at film instead, discovering she had quite the knack for it after studying at the Actors Studio following high school. Her first onscreen role came in 1998, when she played a small role in the film, "The Object of My Affection." However, within a year, she was cast in the film "The Cider House Rules," which ended up doing numbers for her career. From here, she continued to land steady work in both film and television, with some of her more famous roles being in films such as "A Walk to Remember" and "Choke," as well as the TV series, "Boardwalk Empire."
Paz still resides in New York, where she has made quite the living as both an actress and model. In January/February 2013, she not only posed nude for Playboy, but made the front cover to boot. A tad unpredictable, Paz has built up a reputation over the years of being somewhat of a wild card, having been linked to actors as famous as Jack Nicholson, to musicians such as Scott Weiland.