Hispanic actress Paulina Gaitan debuted on-camera in her adolescent years, with a memorably difficult part that brought her international crossover success: that of Adriana, a young girl kidnapped and sold into underground sex slavery against her will, in Marco Kreuzpaintner's lurid thriller Trade (2007).
Biography by Nathan Southern
- Began acting at age 9 as an extra in a soap opera, and had significant parts in early films such as her big-screen debut, Innocent Voices (2004), and a breakthrough introduction to U.S. audiences in Trade (2007).
- Received a Best Actress nomination at Mexico's Ariel Awards for Insignificant Things (2008).
- For starring role in festival-favorite Sin Nombre (2009), the Mexican-born actor had to convince American director Cary Fukunaga that she could do a Honduran accent.