Paola Paulin Cadavid has a face you simply can’t forget—which is a good thing given her current paths as both an actress and model. Cadavid’s international reach is wide: the Mexico-born beauty was raised in Medellín, Colombia and speaks English, Spanish and French. After graduating with an International Business Management degree from Pontifical Bolivarian University, she was hired by ProColombia, the Colombian Government Trade Bureau as an Investment Assistant, and relocated to Miami. In 2012, Paulin decided to take a leap of faith and act on her aspirations to join the modeling and acting world. Her natural talent and charisma quickly attracted the attention and interest of some of the world’s most prestigious modeling networks. Soon after signing with Elite Model Management, she began to model for runways in SwimWeek, Mercedes Fashion Week, and Miami Funkshion. The acting bug then bit her and she started her career as a voice actor, most notably on South Park. Most recently, she was hired to play the role of Michelle in the HBO hit series, Ballers, produced by Mark Wahlberg and starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. The show’s success as the network’s highest rated comedy since 2009 has led to an increase in media appearances by Paulin to discuss the role of Latinas in Hollywood. She is currently attached to play the role of Dolores Del Rio, the first major Latin Hollywood star, in El Indio, a biopic based on the life of Emilio “El Indio” Fernandez, the eccentric godfather of Mexican cinema. Here, this new Los Angeles resident shares the secrets she’s quickly learned to the City of Angels.
Where were you born: I was born in Mexico City and raced in Medellin Colombia. 100 percent Latina!
How long in LA: I was always back and forth, but I just recently moved to be based here 2 months ago
Neighborhood: West Hollywood, everything close and easy
Occupation: Actress/ Model
Favorite Restaurant: Like the Mexican girl I am , I love tacos! Toca Madera is the best place to enjoy them
Best Sushi: kaya, the hand rolls and the sashimi are great quality
Best Italian: ilpastaio , farfalle al salmone
Best dessert: Anything related with chocolate count on me! Haha. The chocolate lava cake is my weakness
Best place for a romantic date: Yamashiro Hollywood because is the best view of Hollywood,perfect to go with someone that makes you laugh and tell you some beautiful words.
Best Sunday brunch: Nobu, the food is always incredible and nothing better for a Sunday than a beach view
Best place for a power business meeting: Soho house it’s perfect for that, not to mention the English dessert Eton mess they have it’s just amazing
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend? The London hotel
Best Spa: Spa Montage. Massages are my favorite; I would love to get one everyday
Favorite Cultural Event: Coachella—the good vibes and getting lost in a fairytale is amazing
Best Steakhouse: Mastro’s
Best Pizza: Lobster pizza from Berri’s is different and delicious
Best Lunch: Toca Madera; it’s really healthy and delicious
Best Gym/Athletic Facility: Carries Pilates—you go there once and can’t walk for the whole week haha
Best Museum/Exhibit: LACMA’s Rain Room: you walk in and it’s a raining room, but it doesn’t rain over you—you just see and feel the rain surrounding you
Describe your city in three words: Perfect weather, good vibes, opportunities
All-around favorite spot in Los Angeles: The Americana at Brand is a great place to walk around and just enjoy
Best Aspect of Los Angeles: The fact that is a cosmopolitan city and at the same time has the beach it’s the perfect combination to be in between of working hard and laid back