Paula was born on 20 January 1983 in Bangkok to an English father and a Thai mother who are now divorced. She and her mother then moved to Perth (then later Brisbane) and spent most of growing years there.
While visiting her relatives in Thailand, she was approached by an agent and asked if she would be interested to do some modelling. Her unconventional looks landed her a job in numerous commercials and print ads and later became a regualr VJ in Channel V Thailand. She has become one of Thailand's most sought-after television presenter since then.