Paulina Gaitán stars in "The River" on ABC as Jahel Valenzuela.

A native of Mexico, Paulina Gaitán started acting at age 9 and following work with the leading networks Televisa and TV Azteca, at the age of 12, had a starring role in Luis Mandoki's "Innocent Voices," about the civil war in El Salvador. After that, she got into the U.S. industry with the lead role in "Trade" (2007) for director Marco Kreuzpaintner, produced by Roland Emmerich and starring Kevin Kline, as well as the independent features "We Are What We Are"" and ""En Tus Manos." That same year Gaitan starred in "Insignificant Things," directed by Andrea Martínez and produced by Bertha Navarro, a performance for which she earned an Ariel Award nomination for Best Actress (Mexico's biggest acting award). In 2010, was nominated for The Lanterna University International Film Festival as Best Actress.

Gaitan was the female lead in Cary Fukunaga's feature, "Sin Nombre," which won numerous awards in Sundance. Other credits include "La Mitad del Mundo" (2008) by Jaime Ruiz Ibáñez, "Te Presento a Laura" by Fez Noriega, sharing roles with Kuno Becker and Martha Higareda, and "Days of Grace" (2009), directed by Everardo Gout with Dolores Heredia, Tenoch Huerta and Eva Longoria. On television she recently participated in "XY," a series for CANAL Once, "Capadocia: second season" on HBO, produced by Argos, and "Las Aparicio" for Cadena 3.


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Age: 25 years old
Birthday: February 19, 1992
Birthplace: Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Hometown: Villa Hermosa, Tabasco, Mexico

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