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Carla Gugino Wikipedia

Carla Gugino
Carla Gugino 2011.jpg
Gugino in a 2011 CNN interview
Born(1971-08-29) August 29, 1971 (age 42)

Sarasota, Florida, U.S.
Years active1988–present
Partner(s)Sebastian Gutierrez
Carla Gugino[needs IPA] (born August 29, 1971) is an American actress.

She is well known for her roles of Ingrid Cortez in the Spy Kids film trilogy, Dr. Vera Gorski in Sucker Punch, Lucille in Sin City, Amanda Daniels in seasons 3, 5 and 7 of Entourage, Sally Jupiter in Watchmen and as the lead characters of the television series Karen Sisco and Threshold. Her feature film work includes starring roles in Son in Law, Night at the Museum, Race to Witch Mountain, American Gangster and Mr. Popper's Penguins. Gugino has a lead role in the 2012 mini-series, Political Animals.


    Early life

    Gugino was born in Sarasota, Florida, to Carl Gugino, an orthodontist of Italian descent, and a mother of English-Irish descent described as "Bohemian". Her parents separated when she was two, 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 described her bicoastal childhood, saying, "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. She eventually came to support herself, and with her parents' support, was legally emancipated by the time she was 16.


    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 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".

    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's 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.

    Gugino appeared as Amanda, Vincent Chase's agent, in a dozen episodes of the cable television series Entourage. Gugino appeared nude in the May 2007 issue of Allure. 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." 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, 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 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.

    Personal life

    As of 2011, Gugino was dating her collaborator, writer/producer/director Sebastian Gutierrez. She stated in 2009 that they had no plans to marry, commenting, "[Marriage] isn't important for us. We like being boyfriend and girlfriend; there's something sexy and fun about that. We're very much about, 'There’s nothing holding us here other than our desire to be together.'"


    1989Troop Beverly HillsChica Barnfell
    1990Welcome Home, Roxy CarmichaelYoung Roxy
    1993This Boy's LifeNorma Hansen
    Red HotValentina
    Son in LawRebecca ' Becca' Warner
    1995Miami RhapsodyLeslie Marcus
    1996JadedMegan 'Meg' Harris
    Homeward Bound II: Lost in San FranciscoDelilahVoice role
    The War at HomeMelissa
    Wedding Bell BluesViolet
    1998Snake EyesJulia Costello
    Judas KissCoco Chavez
    2001Spy KidsIngrid Cortez
    The Center of the WorldJerri
    The Jimmy ShowAnnie
    The OneT. K. Law/Massie Walsh
    2002Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost DreamsIngrid Cortez
    2003The Singing DetectiveBetty Dark/Hooker
    Spy Kids 3-D: Game OverIngrid Cortez
    2005The Life CoachCarla
    Sin CityLucille
    2006Even MoneyVeronica
    Night at the MuseumRebecca Hutman
    2007The LookoutJanet
    Rise: Blood HunterEve
    American GangsterLaurie Roberts
    2008Righteous KillDet. Karen Corelli
    2009The UnbornJanet Beldon
    SparksRobinShort film
    WatchmenSally Jupiter/Silk Spectre
    Race to Witch MountainDr. Alex Friedman
    Women in TroubleElektra Luxx
    Under the HoodSally Jupiter/Silk SpectreDirect-to-video Release
    2010The Mighty MacsCathy Rush
    Elektra LuxxElektra Luxx
    Every DayRobin
    2011I Melt With YouLaura
    Girl Walks Into a BarFrancine Driver
    Sucker PunchDr. Vera Gorski
    Mr. Popper's PenguinsAmanda
    New Year's EveDr. Morriset
    2012Hotel NoirHanna Click
    2013By Virtue FallActress
    Man of SteelKelor/Fortress of Solitude (uncredited) (voice)
    Almost HeroesKatherine
    2015San AndreasFilming
    1988Who's the Boss?JaneEpisode: "Prom Night II"
    Good Morning, Miss BlissKarenEpisode: "Summer Love"
    1989ALFLauraEpisode: "Standing in the Shadows of Love"
    Saved by the BellKarenEpisode: 1.1 Pilot
    1989–1990Falcon CrestSydney St. James11 episodes
    1990Ferris BuellerAnn PeysonEpisode: "Stand-In Deliver"
    1991Doogie Howser, M.D.Sara NewmanEpisode: "Planet of the Dateless"
    The Wonder YearsSandy TylerEpisode: "Triangle"
    1992Murder Without Motive: The Edmund Perry StoryAllison ConnorsTV-Movie

    Alternative title: "Best Intentions"
    Quantum LeapMichelle Temple CutterEpisode: "Ghost Ship"
    Davis RulesKathiEpisode: "A Father Makes All the Difference",

    Episode: "Someone to Watch Over Them"
    A Private MatterMary BethTV-Movie

    Alternative title: "Miss Sherri"
    1994Motorcycle GangLeannTV-Movie
    1995The BuccaneersNan St. GeorgeMiniseries
    1996, 1998Spin CityAshley Schaeffer12 episodes
    1998Alexandria Hotel
    1999A Season for MiraclesEmilie ThompsonHallmark Hall of Fame TV movie
    1999–2000Chicago HopeDr. Gina Simon23 episodes
    2001Mermaid Chronicles Part 1: She CreatureLilyTV-Movie

    Alternative title: "She Creature"
    2003–2004Karen SiscoKaren Sisco10 episodes
    2005–2006ThresholdDr. Molly Anne Caffrey13 episodes
    2007–2010EntourageAmanda Daniels12 episodes
    2010CalifornicationAbbySeason 4 Episodes 1–12
    2012JustifiedKaren GoodallSeason 3 Episode 2
    Political AnimalsSusan Berg6 episodes
    New GirlEmma3 episodes

    Awards and nominations

    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.
    1999Blockbuster Entertainment AwardFavorite Supporting Actress in a SuspenseSnake EyesNominated
    2008Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion PictureAmerican GangsterNominated

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