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Paz Vega

As a teenager back in her native Seville, Paz Vega made up her mind to become famous. Another Spaniard and fellow Andalucian, Antonio Banderas, had made it big in Hollywood, so why couldn't she? "I had always loved theater and cinema," says Vega, 29, over the phone from Miami, where she's promoting her latest film, Spanglish. "So one day I said to myself that I would become an actress."

Vega's breakthrough role came in 2001's Lucía y el Sexo (Sex and Lucía), in which she plays a luminous, besotted lover. Thinking her boyfriend has died...

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