Paola Turbay Gómez, born November 29, 1970 in Houston, Texas, and better known simply as Paola Turbay, is an American actress who plays the role of the powerful witch Antonia Gavilán de Logroño on the HBO original series True Blood. Briefly mentioned on the episode "She's Not There" at the beginning of the series' fourth season, Paola makes her debut on the subsequent episode, "You Smell Like Dinner", in the same season. Playing the role of a witch who practiced witchcraft throughout the early 17th century, Paola was born and raised in Logroño, Spain, and is summoned into the 21st century by another powerful witch, Marnie Stonebrook. Paola imbues Marnie with great power, which she then uses to wreak havoc among the vampires of Bon Temps, Louisiana. Soon becoming remorseful after seeing the bodies of the humans they murdered, and realizing that Marnie has become evil, Paola breaks free, and meets an untimely demise by being led into the afterlife, on the episode "And When I Die", at the end of the series' fourth season.
Paola Turbay Gómez is a Colombian-American actress of Lebanese descent, model, and television presenter. After finishing her studies in psychology at the Universidad de los Andes, Turbay focused on her career as a model and presenter in entertainment news segments on Noticias QAP and Noticiero C newscasts, as well as an actress, with shows like Hola Paola ("Hello Paola") during the 1990s.
In 2005 she was the official presenter, with Miguel Varoni, of the National Beauty Pageant. She has also made cameo appearances in several Colombian series like O todos en la cama, Ecomoda (sequel to Betty la fea) and Leche ("Milk"). After studying acting in Hollywood, Florida, Turbay became the main character of the RCN TV comedy Noticias calientes ("Hot News") in 2002. Two years later she would star the telenovela Las noches de Luciana ("The Nights of Luciana") and in 2006 would present the Colombian version of Dancing with the Stars, Bailando por un Sueño. Paola has also made brief appearances in films such as Lenny the Wonder Dog and Love in the Time of Cholera.
In 2007, Turbay played Isabel Vega on the CBS series Cane, which was canceled in May 2008 after only one season. Later in 2008 she was participating as a recurring guest star on the ABC series The Secret Life of the American Teenager. She also guested on the Showtime series Californication (Season 2, ep. 8, "Going Down and Out in Beverly Hills") and had a recurring role as an LAPD detective during the fifth season of TNT's The Closer. On Jan. 6, 2010, she played the role of Beatriz on the CBS series The Mentalist (Season 3, ep. 11, "Bloodsport").
Paola has been cast on the role of Antonia for the fourth season of the HBO series True Blood airing in 2011. Starting in 2010, she had a recurring role on Royal Pains as Marissa Cassaras, Boris' love interest and mother of his son.
- Love in the Time of Cholera (2007)
- Lenny the Wonder Dog (2005)
- Perder es Cuestión de Método (2004)
- True Blood (2011)
- Royal Pains (2010-2011)
- Mentalist (2010)
- The Closer (2010)
- The Secret Life of the American Teenager (2008-2011)
- The Mentalist (2011)
- The Closer 2009-2010)
- The Cleaner (2009)
- Meteor (2009)
- Novel Adventures (2008)
- Californication (2008)
- Cane (2007)
- Las Noches De Luciana (2004)
- Noticias Calientes (2002)
- Eco Moda (2001)
- Leche (1995)
- O Todos En La Cama (1995)
|Season four appearances|
|"She's Not There"||"You Smell Like Dinner"||"If You Love Me, Why Am I Dyin'?"||"I'm Alive and on Fire"|
|"Me and the Devil"||"I Wish I Was the Moon"||"Cold Grey Light of Dawn"||"Spellbound"|
|"Let's Get Out of Here"||"Burning Down the House"||"Soul of Fire"||"And When I Die"|