Paulina Gaitán Ruíz (born February 19, 1992)[1] is a Mexican actress. She is best known throughout Mexican television and movies. She is more recently known for her role in the popular Netflix series, Narcos as the devoted young wife of Colombian Drug Kingpin, Pablo Escobar.

Paulina Gaitán Ruíz
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Paulina Gaitan Ruiz

(1992-02-19) February 19, 1992 (age 27)
Years active2004–present


Paulina Gaitán was born in Mexico City.[1] Gaitán started acting at age 9 and at the age of 12 had an important role in Mexican director Luis Mandoki's Innocent Voices, a tale about the civil war in El Salvador.[2]

She was the female lead in the Cary Joji Fukunaga film Sin Nombre, where she played the character of Sayra, who joins her father and uncle when they try to migrate from Honduras to the United States, and ends up travelling with El Casper, a gang member, played by actor Edgar Flores.[3]

Gaitán also played a girl kidnapped by sex traffickers in the 2007 movie Trade alongside Kevin Kline. She portrayed Sabina, a lead role in the Mexican horror drama We Are What We Are (Somos Lo Que Hay) in 2010.[4] In addition, she has played the role of Zuvely in the short film En Tus Manos, which was also released in 2010.

In 2012, Gaitán starred in the ensemble cast of the ABC Steven Spielberg series The River. Since 2015, she has starred in the Netflix original series Narcos as Tata, the wife of narcoterrorist Pablo Escobar. In 2018, she began starring as Violetta, the female lead in the Amazon Prime Original Series Diablo Guardián.



Year Title Role Notes
2004 Animales en peligro Voice
2004 Voces inocentes Angelita
2006 Morirse en domingo Isabel
2007 Trade Adriana
2007 Cuando las cosas suceden Fernanda
2007 Cielo Cielo Television film
2008 Insignificant Things Esmeralda Nominated – Ariel Award for Best Actress
2009 Sin nombre Sayra
2009 Codicia Julia Short film
2009 La mitad del mundo Paulina
2010 En tus manos Zuvely Short film
2010 We Are What We Are Sabina
2011 La cebra Valentina
2011 Inocencia Gaby Short film
2011 Días de gracia Camila
2011 El Bukanas Ashley
2012 Matilde Gaby Short film
2012 Las paredes hablan Lupe
2012 Hermanas Luz Short film
2013 Deseo Adolescente
2013 Ni aquí ni allá Short film
2014 Cuatro lunas Rosita in Telenovela Voice
2014 Eddie Reynolds y Los Ángeles de Acero Natalia
2015 Crossing point Lucille Associate producer
2015 Las Aparicio Rafaela Primera
2015 Ruta Madre Colette
2018 The Good Girls Ana Paula Pending – Ariel Award for Best Supporting Actress[5]
2019 Souvenir Isabel


Year Title Role Notes
1992 Mujer, casos de la vida real Episode: "Los pasos de mamá"
2010 Las Aparicio Ileana Delacroix
2010 Capadocia Andrea Marín
2012 The River Jahel Valenzuela
2013 Sr. Ávila Juliana Rivas
2015 Señorita Pólvora Noemí "Beretta" Co-lead role
2015-16 Narcos Tata Escobar
2018 Señora Acero (season 5) Leticia Moreno
2018 Diablo Guardián Violetta Main role; 18 episodes


  1. ^ a b "Paulina Gaitán – Biografia". Biosstars International. Archived from the original on 14 April 2012.
  2. ^ New York Daily News article: Paulina Gaitán's crossing over in 'Sin Nombre'. (2009-03-17); retrieved on 2011-06-04.
  3. ^ Blu-ray Review: Sin Nombre, (2010-01-28); retrieved on 2011-06-04.
  4. ^ Cannes Video Day 4: Jorge Michel Grau's We Are What We Are (Somos lo que hay). (2010-05-15); retrieved 2011-06-04.
  5. ^ Magaña, Arturo (April 23, 2019). "Ariel 2019: Lista completa de nominados". Cine Premiere (in Spanish). G21 Comunicación Entertainment. Retrieved April 23, 2019.

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