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Netflix’s FATE: THE WINX SAGA Star – Paulina Chávez

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Mexican-American actress and musician Paulina Chávez as set to star as series regular ‘Flora’ in the new season of Netflix’s “Fate: The Winx Saga” which is set to premiere Friday, September 16th. Chávez is also well known for starring as the titular lead role of ‘Ashley Garcia’ in the Netflix’s original series “The Expanding Universe of Ashley Garcia” and “Ashley Garcia: Genius in Love.”

A live-action, Riverdale-esque take on the beloved Italian animated show Winx Club, the Netflix series follows a group of Fairies who attend a magical boarding school called Alfea in the Otherworld, where they must learn to master their magical powers while navigating love, rivalries, and the monsters that threaten their very existence. One noticeable character missing from the Netflix take of the show was ‘Flora’ (Chávez), a vital member from the original series and Season 2 of the series brings her triumphant debut. ‘Flora’ is sweet, friendly, and shy. She’s often very passive and non-confrontational, which shows in her use of magic and sometimes comes at the expense of her self-esteem. Above all, Flora is an extremely nurturing person and cares deeply for the Earth and nature, but also for people, particularly her friends. She struggles to believe in herself and her abilities but has no issue in believing the best about the other members of the Winx Club. Season 2 of the fan-favorite series returns September 16th.

In Netflix’s “The Expanding Universe of Ashley Garcia”, When ‘) – Chávez starred as ‘Ashley Garcia’, the world’s only 15-and-a-half-year-old robotics, genius engineer and rocket scientist, who gets the chance to work for NASA and moves across the country to live with her fun-loving ‘Uncle Victor’  (Jencarlos Canela), a pro football player turned high school coach who’s never met a responsibility he can’t shirk. Chávez also recently starred In Lifetime’s holiday film “Feliz NaviDAD where she played a daughter who makes it her mission to help her father (played by Mario Lopez) rediscover his Christmas spirit after the loss of their beloved wife and mother. The film was highlighted as one of the featured films for Lifetime’s yearly Christmas film block tradition It’s a Wonderful Lifetime. It is written by Peter Murrieta (“Wizards of Wavery Place”, “One Day at a Time” and “Cristela”) with Melissa Joan Hart directing.  

Born in El Paso, TX, at the age of six Paulina and her family moved to San Antonio, TX where she discovered her love of acting through her school’s theater program. She joined drama club in second grade and immersed herself in theatre, playing lead roles in Aladdin Jr., Beauty and the Beast Jr., The Little Mermaid Jr. among others. She began auditioning and booking roles for various short films, movies, voice-overs, regional commercials, as well as national TV commercials for Coca-Cola and ‘Food Feuds: Latin Food’ alongside award-winning chef Aarón Sánchez.    In addition to acting, Paulina’s other passion is music, and she began taking vocal lessons at a young age in preparation for musicals. She counts a wide range of musical influences including Shakira, Alejandro Fernandez, Luis Miguel, and Billie Eilish and her own music can best be described as “alternative meets Latin pop.” She is recently recorded her first EP with co-star and Premio Lo Nuestro Award-winning singer Jencarlos Canela. Paulina also plays the violin in a San Antonio-based mariachi group which she praises for helping connect her to her Latin roots.

When she is not acting or singing, animal lover Paulina enjoys spending time with her border collie Luna. She is also an advocate for the Latinx community and focuses her attention on giving back. She also recently announced a special scholarship that affords opportunities for youth within her local San Antonio community to go to college. She selected students from Southwest High School and Legacy High School for these scholarships and announced them on her IG LIVE.

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