Paula Garces’s Blog: Meet Me and My Family!

09/05/2013 at 11:00 AM ET

Paula Garces Blog: Meet My Family
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Please give a warm welcome to our new celebrity blogger, Paula Garces!

Widely known for her role in the Harold & Kumar franchise, the actress currently stars in Lifetime’s new hit show, Devious Maids, as well as All My Children.

In addition to acting, Garces, 39, is the mastermind behind the first Latina superhero video game, Aluna.

Already mom to daughter Skye, 21, Garces is currently expecting another babya son!– with husband Antonio Hernandez in November.

You can find her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @paulagarces1.

Hello everyone,

Welcome to my very first baby blog! Please let me introduce the characters in my life.

ME: Born in New York, but raised in Medellin, Colombia and Spanish Harlem, N.Y.C.

MY DAUGHTER: My sweet Skye is 21. Yes, you read correctly — she is 21 years old. (I will get into that story in a second!) She is not only gorgeous on the outside, but she has the most beautiful heart and soul on the inside.

Skye is a free spirit, forgiving and tolerant of all. She’s ready for adventure, so open-minded, curious, smart and so excited about life and ready for love. (I’m not ready for that part in her life — she’s my lil’ big girl.)

Skye is in her third year of college and is a TV and film major — the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. She is super talented and full of ideas. I am so proud of her. She truly is the inspiration of my life — she is the reason why I am the woman I am today. Skye is my everything and her little baby brother-to-be is so lucky to have a big sister like her. Skye, I love you!

MY HUSBAND: Antonio. We’ve been married for 10 years, but have been friends for more then 12 years. The love of my life, my best friend, business partner and an amazing friend and stepdad. I know he will be an amazing father to our son.

I look back and laugh because we met at a dance club in New York City. He’s a fantastic salsa dancer and that’s sexy in my eyes. The thing is, we were very good friends for five years before we even kissed! Talk about persistence (on Tony’s part) and never giving up on me. But when that day arrived … we kissed, it was instant sparks and it’s never stopped! He loves me passionately and being a true Latina, I can’t get enough of it.

Also important to me: My mother Victoria, mother-in-law Carmen, my sister Vanessa (and her kids Lilly, Gabe, Isa and Luca) and my best friend, Stacey.

Okay, now that you know my inner circle, let’s go back 21 years. You see, the first time I got pregnant, I was a young girl — I was 17 years old. Although I knew right away that I wanted to keep my child, being a pregnant teen was an extremely scary experience for me. Luckily, my family and friends were very supportive and were there for me every step of the way.

Now that Skye is 21, this is the time when most couples/parents think, “GREAT, FREEDOM! Let’s do us as a couple with NO kids.” But the truth is, my husband and I have been trying to have a baby for four years. Now, four years — and two miscarriages — later this beautiful bump is a miracle for us! This November, Skye, Tony and I will welcome a baby boy.

Paula Garces Blog: Meet My Family
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Although I am over six months pregnant, I am busier than ever with work. I just finished my last three episodes of Devious Maids on Lifetime. I’m currently filming All My Children for OWN network and I’m also just been on location in Toronto filming an episode of Warehouse13 on Syfy. And that’s just work in front of the camera!

Behind the camera, I debuted my comic book hero Aluna at San Diego’s Comic Con in July, did a few signing sessions with the fans, attended a few events, did some interviews and recorded the voice for the online video game character.

I am also working with Allegory Media, Sekret Agent productions (Assassins Creed writers) and my team from Further Lane Productions on the new Aluna trilogy books that must be ready by October this year — when I’m 8Β½ months along.

Do you think I have a full plate? I know it’s a lot — especially while six months pregnant — but I am grateful and blessed.

After 21 years — wow. I forgot how it felt to be pregnant! Everything I ate in the first trimester seems to leave a bad taste in my mouth — it’s called dysgeusia. It may sound disgusting, but it’s a very common symptom for pregnant women. I literally had to sleep with a spitting bucket next to my bed –I guess I know what a cowboy that chews tobacco feels like.

It’s not easy spitting and feeling sick around my husband — especially at bedtime. But it comes with the territory of being pregnant. I’ve read that some mothers-to-be don’t experience these symptoms at all … All I have to say is that they are really lucky and should try playing Lotto.

I’m now in the middle of my second trimester and my body has really started to change. I can feel and see the weight gain coming. My first instinct was to go and sweat it off at the gym, but because of my last two miscarriages, I’m following my doctor’s advice to take it easy.

I am eager to go to my next appointment, so I can discuss with her the possibility of starting to exercise. You see, I believe it’s very important to try to keep up with a light workout regimen throughout the pregnancy for many reasons:

1. I’m Latina and I love my Spanish food
2. Crazy pregnancy cravings
3. I would like to fit back into the skinny jeans I bought before I got pregnant
4. I already have work lined up for 2014 in front of the camera

Thank you guys for reading my first blog. Stay tuned for my next one, which will be more in-depth on this beautiful journey I call “Creation of Life.”


— Paula Garces

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Candido on

It is a complete honor to be a part of your first blog.. It makes my heart smile to read how beautiful you still are. You had me at “HELLO” and captured me at “BESITOS” (lol). It’s no surprise to me that you have a beautiful family. BEAUTY ATTRACTS BEAUTY and creates MASTERPIECES.

I wish you, Antonio, and Skye continued health and happiness as you welcome your new addition. I look forward to reading your inevitable success.

Forever amazed!


Vanessa Donadel on

Amazing blog. Very funny and insightful. Looking forward to reading the next blog.

Margarita Matos on

OMG…Love it, love it, love it! Beautiful family…and Paula, you are such a beautiful soul, and such a hard working woman, that all of this success is no surprise at all. I totally enjoyed your blog, and I’m definitely looking forward to the next one! You have my love and support, gorgeous…much success always!!!


Lisa Hernandez on

You all look so happy and I have to say paula you don’t look a day over 25 years old. Can you share your secret?

God bless you all and congratulations!

Kate on

She does not look 39 she looks FANTASTIC. Congrats on the soon to be new little bundle of joy. Skye looks so happy to be a big sister.

JJessica on

Those pictures seem odd to me.

Congratulations on your baby, I wish you nothing but the best.

Sarah S. on

WHOA–Skye and Paula look like sisters! Skye looks a little older than 21, and Paula looks way younger than 39! Nice blog.

AmandaC on

Great blog, but having the older daughter do that hand heart & kisses seems very odd, sorry.

Mira on

The photos are indeed very weird. I’m sure they didn’t want them to come out this way, but because the mother and daughter look like sisters, it looks like they’re sister wives or something.

Susan on

Insanely odd photo. At first I thought it was a story about surrogacy. Ugh.

Amy Cosme on

Love the blog Paula. What’s great is you keep it real. Other moms to be will read this and understand what their body is going through..and that it’s normal. So many hide the hidden truths about their pregnancies. You don’t and I applaud you for doing so. The love for your family is amazing and of course I’d know that cause I know you πŸ™‚ Your family has such a strong bond which I’ve always loved and also loved being a part of. Skye is a blessing and always has been. You were right on when you said the apple didn’t fall far from the tree. I enjoyed your blog and cannot wait to read the others. Best of luck always & see you soon.

Beth on

These pics are creepy!

justbecause on

Okay the pictures are pretty creepy once you read the article. I thought it was a surrogacy article too and actually had to think about who this extra woman could be once I started reading. I don’t understand why they posed her this way at all. In one photo they almost look like a lesbian couple with the sperm donor. I’m sorry I meant no offense, just the first thing that popped in my head when I saw the picture.

Sherae on

She’s lovely…….so lovely in fact that she looks younger than her daughter. WOW!

Sherae on

And these pics are kind of creepy……..

Cari on

These pictures are so strange. Anyone else agree?

H on

I don’t think the pictures are creepy. They are illustrating the fact that they are a team and a family and they are all excited about the new baby. It’s all good!

Dawn S on

What a sweet, beautiful story and thanks for sharing! For those of you who have made the nasty comments about the pictures being creepy, maybe y’all aren’t familiar with family love, including older children (or in her case, adult) in this beautiful experience as she expands her family with her husband. Lovely!

DaisyMoon on

I want to plunge head first into whatever Fountain-of-Youth this lady has been swimming in…

VK on

I do think this is a beautiful story. Congratulations and the very best wishes to you and your growing family.

I have to add, though, I don’t think you need to worry about your skinny jeans just yet. You’ve tried for 4 years to have a baby, and you’re finally carrying your son. Wonderful!! You are supposed to gain weight when you’re pregnant. I’m not saying gain 150 pounds, but don’t stress about those skinny jeans just yet.

Susan on

Sorry, but your pics are weird. And although you had a somewhat easy time as a single mom, the vast majority don’t. The majority are on welfare, and the kids are a mess, you may want to point that out next time.

aimeeattitudd on

What’s so weird? She’s her daughter, who happens to be an adult. If her daughter was 2 I’m sure you’d be singing a different tune. Not very nice, ladies. It’s not weird, its cute!

Congrats, Paula, on your (expanding!) beautiful family πŸ™‚

Rachel on

I didn’t think that the pictures were creepy at all! In my opinion, It just looks like a family who’s sharing the excitement of having a baby.

Sheesh. on

We get it …. You’re Latina.

Colby on

the pics are just ridiculous. the hand heart over the belly is played out too. Peeps need to stop that.

TJ on

I’ve watched her on Devious Maids and I thought she was in her 20’s! Maybe this is what happens when you have kids young! I wish her the best!

Angela Borte on

You’re good at writing a blog. Keep them coming. I also want to say that I would have never guessed you’re 39 and have a 21 year old daughter. You look amazing! Can’t wait to find out “Who Killed Flora”! Any hints…?! lol just kidding. I’ll wait and see! πŸ™‚

coco on

Nice blog! thanks for sharing your story about the miscarriages and finally getting your positive pregnancy test. I hope that you discuss your struggles with infertility and your road to a successful pregnancy. I had two Miscarriages as well and I am actively trying to conceive. I look forward to learn about your journey.

Real mama on

Really odd and strange to have a photo of her husband and child surrounding her with Love?! Really?

That’s sad that it is strange for some people!

Do you not have people that love you?

I see a beautiful family excited to be growing with a son!

Congratulations too all!

Mandy on

I thought at first that it was a surrogacy articale too because she does not look 39 at all. Congrats to all though. I am happy they are finally getting a baby that they want very much.

Dee on

Why are the pictures creepy/odd?

It’s a mother and her family surrounding her with love…..

I’m always so amazed how some North Americans think when it comes to intimacy in pictures and not just intimacy in the form of sex but affection overall…..

I think the pictures are beautiful and a testament to the fact that she had her daughter young and as such they have a very close bond and she wants her to be a part of the whole experience of her pregnancy…..after suffering her miscarriages and finally being able to come this far with her son, I say awesome.

The pictures are beautiful and classy and the family is beautiful…..LOVE DEVIOUS MAIDS!!!!!

Looking forward to reading your blog πŸ™‚

Veon on

Congratulations to you. God Bless you and your family.

Janet Romero H on

mas Hermosa Colombiana en TV hoy…she’s so much fun & I saw her travel channel show about going home to Medellin, Colombia…she’s the real deal-sexy, smart & sweet. wish her nothing but happiness.

4tmama on

The pics show familia, love. Congrats, best wishes, look forward to more!! ❀ :-*

Sara on

The pictures are creepy because A) the daughter actually looks a bit OLDER than her mother; I would have no idea she’s the baby’s half-sister if I didn’t read it and, B) because of that, the second picture has the daughter posed like she’s the mother’s partner; the position looks as though she’s physically supporting her through labor, like a birth partner would do.

Yes, I realize a 21 year old COULD be a birth partner to someone, but with the father on the other side it’s just a confusing image.

Beautiful people though, and congrats on the pending arrival!

stephanie on

wait, are you Latina?

Anonymous on

Wow are you people envious or what she’s beautiful and so is her lovely growing family there is nothing wrong with these pictures get a friggen life!

Wise Latina on

Latin american food burritos, nachos, tortillas, rice and beans and all that fattening stuff is NOT Spanish food. Spanish food is Health food. Most American & Latinos I know that traveled to Spain end up not liking Spanish food. I guess it’s too healthy & bland/not spicy enough for them. Only foodies like Gwyneth Paltrow would enjoy it. Do people say hamburgers & hotdogs is English food? …yeah I thought so. She’s pretty ignorant & it’s not hard to believe she from Harlem.

BTW don’t daughters hate it when their mom is prettier than they are? weird, awkward and hilarious I think.

Camie on

Paula, your family is beautiful, and I look forward to reading your blog.

Shoppinggal on

Are these pictures from

There’s a whole secton on pregnancy…these are totally in the same style.


Chi on

The pics are not creepy! Big sister is excited about baby brother. People take pictures all the time of pregnant mom, dad and siblings. I think it’s a sweet family picture and something the baby boy will look back on fondly. Congratulations!