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Steven Spielberg has been making West Side Story in his head for a very long time. As a boy in Phoenix in the late 1950s, he had only the soundtrack, and he tried to picture the action and dancing that might accompany it. “My mom was a classical pianist,” says the filmmaker. “Our entire home was festooned with classical musical albums, and I grew up surrounded by classical music. West Side Story was actually the first piece of popular music our family ever allowed into the home.

Vanity Fair’s First Look at WestSide Story

“Staggeringly Great” – David Elhrich of IndieWire

“..Garcia-Lee is also a joy to watch in scenes like “The Dance at the Gym” as well, as she is an incredible dancer with an extensive Broadway background. In West Side Story (2021), Graziella is no longer just Riff’s girlfriend or the head Jet girl. Thanks to Paloma Garcia-Lee, she is now Graziella; an incredibly dynamic character full of empathy.”


Paloma Garcia-Lee is an established actress who gained notoriety for her standout performances on the Broadway stage and now is making an outstanding leap to television and film. Paloma’s career is on a meteoric trajectory, and there’s no chance of slowing down anytime soon. Dynamic and versatile, Garcia-Lee has captured the essence of what it is to be a singular show-woman with her raw, authentic and captivating acting, dancing and singing.

Born into a theatrical family she was home schooled by her parents so she could pursue a career in the arts.

Paloma was laser focused at a young age and left home at 14 years old to attend North Carolina School of the Arts for boarding school where she completed High School in 3 years and is one of very few student in the schools history to have entered into the School of Ballet and then graduated from the School of Drama.

Within a few months of moving to New York made her Broadway debut at 17 years old. She has been seen in 6 Broadway shows and has over 15 stage credits to her name. She is making her dazzling debut in a major Hollywood feature film starring as Graziella in Steven Spielberg’s upcoming West Side Story. This is just the beginning of what Paloma has set her eyes on and looks forward to whats next.


“ I want to be in the space of someone who loves creating and storytelling in a way that lights me up and inspires me. I want to connect with the people I work with, knowing that we complement each other’s energy.”

- Paloma Garcia-Lee via DanceMagazine