Carla Gugino

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Carla Gugino
Carla Gugino 2011.jpg
Gugino in a 2011 CNN interview
Born(1971-08-29) August 29, 1971 (age 43)
Sarasota, Florida, U.S.
Years active1988–present
Partner(s)Sebastian Gutierrez (2005-present)
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Carla Gugino
Carla Gugino 2011.jpg
Gugino in a 2011 CNN interview
Born(1971-08-29) August 29, 1971 (age 43)
Sarasota, Florida, U.S.
Years active1988–present
Partner(s)Sebastian Gutierrez (2005-present)

Carla Gugino (/ɡʊˈn/; born August 29, 1971) is an American actress.

She is well known for her roles as 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 had a lead role in the 2012 mini-series, Political Animals.

Early life[edit]

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 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.[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) in the BBC miniseries The Buccaneers and 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'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.[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.

Personal life[edit]

As of 2005, Gugino was dating her collaborator, writer/producer/director Sebastian Gutierrez.[11][12][13] 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.'"[11]


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 Costellorowspan="3"\ 1999 A season for Miracles Hallmark
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 Girl[14]Emma3 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

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.[15]

1999Blockbuster Entertainment AwardFavorite Supporting Actress in a SuspenseSnake EyesNominated[16]
2008Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion PictureAmerican GangsterNominated[17]


  1. ^ a b "Star of the Day – Carla Gugino" The Internet Movie Database; Accessed October 12, 2010
  2. ^ Webb Mitovich, Matt. "Threshold Plan Is a Success for Gugino"; October 21, 2005
  3. ^ a b Deggans, Eric. "Floridian: Take 2, 'Karen Sisco'" Saint Petersburg Times; September 22, 2003
  4. ^ Landua, Peter. "A Woman We Love: Carla Gugino" Esquire; December 31, 2003
  5. ^ Brantley, Ben (16 November 2006). "Another Magnolia Blossom at Risk". The New York Times (The New York Times Company). ISSN 0362-4331. OCLC 1645522. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  6. ^ Hochman, David. "Agent Provocative: Carla Gugino Teases HBO's Entourage"; April 6, 2007
  7. ^ "Stars line up for naked spread"; April 24, 2007
  8. ^ Isherwood, Charles. "A New Look at an Old Farm Threatened by Heat" The New York Times; February 4, 2009
  9. ^ Kit, Borys. "'Watchmen' adds Gugino as do-gooder" The Hollywood Reporter; August 9, 2007,
  10. ^ Outer Critics Circle Awards Archive 2008-2009; Accessed January 20, 2012
  11. ^ a b Bartolomeo, Joey (February 11, 2009). "Carla Gugino: The Most Beautiful People Laugh, Love and Have Great Sex". People.
  12. ^ Salto, Stephen (March 10, 2011). "Carla Gugino and Sebastian Gutierrez’s Life of 'Luxx'-ury". IFC.
  13. ^ Kirby, Brandon (September 28, 2012). "Carla Gugino, Kevin Connolly Attend Private Screening for 'Hotel Noir'". The Hollywood Reporter.
  14. ^ "'New Girl' season 2 : Carla Gugino". TVLine. November 5, 2012. Retrieved November 11, 2012. 
  15. ^ NIAF 34th Anniversary Gala Review; October 28, 2009; Accessed January 20, 2012.
  16. ^ 1999 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards, The Internet Movie Database; Accessed January 20, 2012.
  17. ^ The 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards; Accessed January 20, 2012.

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