Carla Gugino

Carla Gugino

Born: August 29, 1971
Age: 50
Birthplace: Sarasota, Florida, U.S.
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Carla Gugino (/ɡʊˈdʒiːnoʊ/; born August 29, 1971) is an American actress. She is best known for her roles as Ingrid Cortez in the Spy Kids trilogy, Sally Jupiter in Watchmen (2009), Dr. Vera Gorski in Sucker Punch (2011), and as the lead characters in the television series Karen Sisco, Threshold and most recently The Haunting of Hill House. Gugino's feature film work includes starring roles in Son in Law (1993), Sin City (2005), Night at the Museum (2006), Mr. Popper's Penguins (2011), San Andreas (2015), The Space Between Us (2017), and Gerald's Game (2017), as well as the voice role of Kelor in the DC Extended Universe. Gugino has also had lead roles in the television series Political Animals (2012), Wayward Pines (2015), and Roadies (2016).

Gugino was born in Sarasota, Florida, to Carl Gugino, an orthodontist of Italian descent,[1] and a mother of English-Irish descent[2] described as "Bohemian".[3] Her parents separated when she was two,[4] after which she traveled between her father and half-brother Carl Jr.'s home in Sarasota, and her Paradise, California home, to which her mother moved her when she was four.

She has said of her upbringing, "I lived in a tepee in Northern California and a van in Big Sur. With my dad, I lived in a beautiful house with a swimming pool and a tennis court and went to Europe for the summers. So I feel like I lived two childhoods." She worked as a teenage fashion model, and took acting classes at the suggestion of her aunt, former Let's Make a Deal spokesmodel Carol Merrill.[3] She eventually came to support herself, and with her parents' support, was legally emancipated by the time she was 16.[1]



Gugino at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival

Gugino's television work during the late 1980s and early 1990s included appearances on Saved by the Bell, Who's the Boss?, ALF, Doogie Howser, M.D., The Wonder Years and a recurring role on Falcon Crest.

In film, Gugino appeared in the Shelley Long film Troop Beverly Hills, and co-starred with Pauly Shore in the 1993 romantic comedy Son in Law. She later appeared in the video to Bon Jovi's 1994 song "Always".

In 1995, Gugino appeared as Nan St. George (later the Duchess of Trevenick) with Greg Wise and James Frain in the BBC miniseries The Buccaneers, an adaptation of Edith Wharton's last novel.

After playing Michael J. Fox's love interest, Ashley Schaeffer, during the first season of the sitcom Spin City in 1996, Gugino starred with Nicolas Cage in Brian De Palma's Snake Eyes, and in Judas Kiss, which she also co-produced. She appeared as Dr. Gina Simon during the 1999-2000 final season of Chicago Hope.

In 2001, she appeared as family matriarch Ingrid Cortez in the first Spy Kids film (as well as the film's two sequels in 2002 and 2003). That same year she appeared as Jet Li's love interest in the martial arts action thriller The One.

She starred in two short-lived TV series: ABC's Elmore Leonard crime drama Karen Sisco in 2003, and CBS' science fiction series Threshold in 2005. That same year, Gugino appeared as Lucille in the feature film adaptation of Frank Miller's graphic novel, Sin City. The following year, she appeared in the movie Night at the Museum.

Gugino appeared in the Roundabout Theatre Company play After the Fall opposite Six Feet Under's Peter Krause. In late 2006, she appeared in an Off-Broadway production of Tennessee Williams' Suddenly Last Summer opposite Blythe Danner.[5]

Gugino appeared as Amanda, Vincent Chase's agent, in a dozen episodes of the cable television series Entourage.[6] Gugino appeared nude in the May 2007 issue of Allure.[7] That same year she appeared in the action-horror film Rise: Blood Hunter and the feature film American Gangster. The following year, she played the female lead in the thriller Righteous Kill, opposite Robert De Niro and Al Pacino.

Gugino starred in Chicago's Goodman Theater production of Eugene O'Neill's Desire Under the Elms from January 17 to February 17, 2009, in the role of Abby. Charles Isherwood of The New York Times praised Gugino's performance, saying, "Ms. Gugino displays a depth and range of expression that I cannot imagine any other actress achieving with such blazing honesty and wrenching truth. She is simply magnificent."[8] During the first three months of 2009, three feature films premiered featuring Gugino: the thriller The Unborn, the film Watchmen, in which she played Sally Jupiter,[9] and the adventure remake Race to Witch Mountain, in which she starred opposite Dwayne Johnson. That April, she received an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination[10] for Outstanding Actress In a Play for her performance in Desire Under the Elms. Later in November of that year, she appeared as a pornographic actress in the comedy film Women in Trouble, which spawned a sequel in 2010, Elektra Luxx, titled after her character.

In 2011, Gugino appeared as Madame Vera Gorsky in Zack Snyder's action-fantasy film Sucker Punch alongside Abbie Cornish and Emily Browning. Gugino sang a duet with co-star Oscar Isaac, which appeared in the end credits and in the film's soundtrack. She also guest starred on the fourth season of Californication as Abby Rhodes, Hank Moody's attorney and love interest.

In the mid-2012, Gugino had a lead role as Susan Berg, a Washington D.C. investigative reporter, on the USA Network's miniseries Political Animals.

In 2015, Gugino had a lead role in the disaster film, San Andreas, where she once again starred opposite Dwayne Johnson.



Year Title Role Notes
1989 Troop Beverly Hills Chica Barnfell
1990 Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael Young Roxy Carmichael
1993 This Boy's Life Norma Hansen
1993 Red Hot Valentina
1993 Son in Law Rebecca "Becca" Warner
1995 Miami Rhapsody Leslie Marcus
1996 Jaded Megan "Meg" Harris
1996 Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco Delilah Voice role
1996 The War at Home Melissa
1996 Wedding Bell Blues Violet
1996 Michael Bride
1997 Lovelife Amy
1998 Snake Eyes Julia Costello
1998 Judas Kiss Coco Chavez
2001 Spy Kids Ingrid Cortez
2001 The Center of the World Jerri
2001 The Jimmy Show Annie
2001 The One T. K. Law/Massie Walsh
2001 She Creature Lily
2002 Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams Ingrid Cortez
2003 The Singing Detective Betty Dark/Hooker
2003 Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over Ingrid Cortez
2005 The Life Coach Carla
2005 Sin City Lucille
2006 Even Money Veronica
2006 Night at the Museum Rebecca Hutman
2007 The Lookout Janet
2007 Rise: Blood Hunter Eve
2007 American Gangster Laurie Roberts
2008 Righteous Kill Det. Karen Corelli
2009 The Unborn Janet Beldon
2009 Sparks Robin Short film
2009 Watchmen Sally Jupiter / Silk Spectre
2009 Race to Witch Mountain Dr. Alex Friedman
2009 Women in Trouble Elektra Luxx
2009 Under the Hood Sally Jupiter / Silk Spectre Short film
2010 The Mighty Macs Cathy Rush
2010 Elektra Luxx Elektra Luxx
2010 Every Day Robin
2010 Faster Cicero
2011 I Melt With You Laura
2011 Girl Walks into a Bar Francine Driver
2011 Sucker Punch Dr. Vera Gorski
2011 Mr. Popper's Penguins Amanda Popper
2011 New Year's Eve Dr. Morriset
2012 Hotel Noir Hanna Click
2013 By Virtue Fall Actress
2013 Man of Steel Kelor[11] Voice role
2014 Match Lisa
2015 San Andreas Emma
2015 Wayward Pines Kate Hewson
2016 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Kelor Voice role
2016 Wolves Jenny Keller
2016 Bling Catherine Voice role
2017 The Space Between Us Kendra
2017 Gerald's Game Jessie Burlingame
2018 Elizabeth Harvest Claire


Year Title Role Notes
1988 Who's the Boss? Jane Episode: "Prom Night II"
1988 Good Morning, Miss Bliss Karen Episode: "Summer Love"
1989 ALF Laura Episode: "Standing in the Shadows of Love"
1989-1990 Falcon Crest Sydney St. James 11 episodes
1990 Ferris Bueller Ann Peyson Episode: "Stand-In Deliver"
1991 Doogie Howser, M.D. Sara Newman Episode: "Planet of the Dateless"
1991 The Wonder Years Sandy Tyler Episode: "Triangle"
1992 Murder Without Motive: The Edmund Perry Story Allison Connors Movie
1992 Quantum Leap Michelle Temple Cutter Episode: "Ghost Ship"
1992 Davis Rules Kathi 2 episodes
1992 A Private Matter Mary Beth Movie
1994 Motorcycle Gang Leann Movie
1995 The Buccaneers Nan St. George 5 episodes
1996, 1998 Spin City Ashley Schaeffer Main role in season 1 (13 episodes)
1999 A Season for Miracles Emilie Thompson Movie
1999-2000 Chicago Hope Dr. Gina Simon Main role in season 6 (23 episodes)
2001 She Creature Lily Television film
2003-2004 Karen Sisco Karen Sisco Lead role (10 episodes)
2005-2006 Threshold Dr. Molly Anne Caffrey Main role (13 episodes)
2007-2010 Entourage Amanda Daniels 12 episodes
2010 Californication Abby 10 episodes
2011 Hide Warren Movie
2012 Justified Karen Goodall Episode: "Cut Ties"
2012 Political Animals Susan Berg Miniseries; main role
2012 New Girl[12] Emma 3 episodes
2013 Doubt Linda Pilot
2015-2016 Wayward Pines Kate Hewson Main role in Season 1 (11 episodes)
2015 The Brink Joanne "Jo" Larson 6 episodes
2016 Supergirl Kelor (voice) Episode: "Solitude"; uncredited[citation needed]
2016 Roadies Shelli Main role (10 episodes)
2017 Nashville Virginia Wyatt Episode: "If Tomorrow Never Comes"
2018 Robot Chicken Joyce Byers / Meg Altman Voice role; episode: "Mr. Mozzarella's Hamburger Skateboard Depot"
2018 The Haunting of Hill House Olivia Crain Main role


In 2009, Gugino was honored by the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF). During the Foundation's 34th Anniversary Gala in Washington, D.C., she received NIAF's Special Achievement Award for Entertainment, presented by her close friend, actress Connie Britton.[13]

Year Association Category Work Result
1999 Blockbuster Entertainment Award Favorite Supporting Actress - Suspense Snake Eyes Nominated
2005 Golden Schmoes Award Best T&A of the Year Sin City Nominated
2006 Gold Derby Award Ensemble Cast (with cast) Sin City Nominated
2007 Capri-Hollywood Film Festival Award Capri Italian-American Award N/A Won
2007 Online Film & Television Association Award Best Guest Actress in a Comedy Series Entourage Nominated
2008 Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award Most Egregious Age Difference Between the Leading Man and the Love Interest Righteous Kill Nominated
2008 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture American Gangster Nominated
2009 Scream Award Best Supporting Actress Watchmen Nominated
2011 Teen Choice Award Choice Movie Actress - Action Faster Nominated
2015 Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Award Best Actress Tell-Tale Nominated
2017 Fright Meter Award Best Actress Gerald's Game Won

Carla Gugino supports the following charitable cause: AIDS.

[ Source: Wikipedia ]

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