Carla Gugino

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Carla Gugino
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Gugino in 2013
Born (1971-08-29) August 29, 1971 (age 49)
OccupationActress
Years active1988–present
Partner(s) Sebastián Gutiérrez (1996–present)
Relatives Carol Merrill (aunt)

Carla Gugino ( /ɡʊˈn/ ; born August 29, 1971) is an American actress. After appearing in Troop Beverly Hills (1989) and This Boy's Life (1993), she received recognition for her starring roles as Ingrid Cortez in the Spy Kids trilogy (2001–2003), Rebecca Hutman in Night At The Museum (2006), Laurie Roberts in American Gangster (2007), Sally Jupiter in Watchmen (2009), Dr. Vera Gorski in Sucker Punch (2011), Emma Gaines in San Andreas (2015), and Jessie Burlingame in Gerald's Game (2017).

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Gugino also starred as the lead character in the crime drama series Karen Sisco (2003), the science fiction series Threshold (2005–2006), the supernatural horror series The Haunting of Hill House (2018), and the crime drama series Jett (2019), and also appeared in The Haunting of Bly Manor (2020).

Early life

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 travelled 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]

Career

Gugino's television work during the late 1980s and early 1990s included appearances on Good Morning, Miss Bliss , 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 film Night at the Museum as Ben Stiller's love interest.

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 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 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 , in which she once again starred opposite Dwayne Johnson.

Personal life

Since 1996, Gugino has been in a relationship with her collaborator, Sebastián Gutiérrez. [11] [12] [13] Gugino 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]

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
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 Warner
1995 Miami Rhapsody Leslie Marcus
1996 Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco Delilah (voice)
1996 The War at Home Melissa
1996 Wedding Bell Blues Violet
1996 Michael Bride
1997 Lovelife Amy
1998 Jaded Megan 'Meg' Harris
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 O'Brien
2001 The One T.K. Law / Massie Walsh
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 Cameo
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
2009SparksRobinShort film
2009 Watchmen Sally Jupiter / Silk Spectre
2009 Race to Witch Mountain Dr. Alex Friedman
2009 The Mighty Macs Coach Catherine Rush
2009 Women in Trouble Elektra Luxx
2009Under the HoodSally Jupiter / Silk SpectreShort film
2009ApocryphaWomanShort film
2010 Elektra Luxx Elektra Luxx
2010Tell-TaleFemme FataleShort film
2010 Every Day Robin
2010 Faster Det. Cicero
2011 I Melt With You Laura Boyde
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
2013By Virtue FallActress
2013 Man of Steel Kelor (voice) [14]
2014 Match Lisa
2015 San Andreas Emma Gaines
2016 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Kelor (voice)
2016 Wolves Jenny Keller
2016 Bling Catherine (voice)
2017 The Space Between Us Kendra Wyndham
2017 Gerald's Game Jessie Burlingame
2018 Elizabeth Harvest Claire
2021 Zack Snyder's Justice League Kelor (voice)
2021 With/In: Volume 2 segment: "Twenty Questions"
2021 Gunpowder Milkshake Madeleine

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
1988 Who's the Boss? JaneEpisode: "Prom Night II"
1988 Good Morning, Miss Bliss KarenEpisode: "Summer Love"
1989 ALF LauraEpisode: "Standing in the Shadows of Love"
1989–1990 Falcon Crest Sydney St. James11 episodes
1990 American Dreamer Young JessicaEpisode: "Pilot"
1990 Ferris Bueller Ann PeysonEpisode: "Stand-In Deliver"
1991 Doogie Howser, M.D. Sara NewmanEpisode: "Planet of the Dateless"
1991 The Wonder Years SandyEpisode: "Triangle"
1992Murder Without Motive: The Edmund Perry StoryAllison ConnorsTelevision film
1992 Quantum Leap Michelle Temple CutterEpisode: "Ghost Ship – August 13, 1956"
1992 Davis Rules Kathi2 episodes
1992 A Private Matter Mary BethTelevision film
1994 Motorcycle Gang Leann MorrisTelevision film
1995 The Buccaneers Annabel "Nan" St. George5 episodes
1996, 1998 Spin City Ashley SchaefferMain role (13 episodes)
1999Hotel AlexandriaUn­knownMiniseries
1999Bonne NuitCarol ReevesTelevision film
1999 A Season for Miracles Emilie ThompsonTelevision film
1999–2000 Chicago Hope Dr. Gina SimonMain role (23 episodes)
2001 She Creature Lillian "Lily" ShawTelevision film
2003 Karen Sisco Karen SiscoLead role (10 episodes)
2005–2006 Threshold Dr. Molly Anne CaffreyLead role (13 episodes)
2007–2010 Entourage Amanda Daniels 12 episodes
2010 Californication Abby Rhodes10 episodes
2011HideWarrenTelevision film
2012 Justified Karen GoodallEpisode: "Cut Ties"
2012 Political Animals Susan BergMiniseries
2012 New Girl Emma3 episodes
2013DoubtLinda Pilot
2015–2016 Wayward Pines Kate HewsonMain role (11 episodes)
2015 The Brink Joanne "Jo" Larson6 episodes
2016 Supergirl Kelor (voice)Episode: "Solitude"; uncredited[ citation needed ]
2016 Roadies Shelli AndersonMain role (10 episodes)
2017 Nashville Virginia WyattEpisode: "If Tomorrow Never Comes"
2018 Robot Chicken Joyce Byers / Meg Altman (voice)Episode: "Mr. Mozzarella's Hamburger Skateboard Depot"
2018 The Haunting of Hill House Olivia CrainMain role (10 episodes)
2019 Jett Daisy "Jett" KowalskiLead role (9 episodes)
2020 Manhunt: Deadly Games Kathy Scruggs6 episodes
2020 The Haunting of Bly Manor The StorytellerRecurring

Music videos

YearTitleArtist(s)Role
1994"Always" Bon Jovi Herself
2016"Where's the Love?" The Black Eyed Peas (featuring The World)Herself

Accolades

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]

YearAwardCategoryWorkResult
1999 Blockbuster Entertainment Award Favorite Supporting Actress – Suspense Snake Eyes Nominated
2005 Golden Schmoes Award Best T&A of the Year Sin City Nominated
2006Gold Derby AwardEnsemble Cast (with cast)Nominated
2007 Capri-Hollywood Film Festival Award Capri Italian-American Award N/AWon
2007Online Film & Television Association AwardBest 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 (shared with Robert De Niro ) 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-TaleNominated
2017Fright Meter AwardBest Actress Gerald's Game Won
2019 Saturn Awards Best Actress in a Streaming Presentation The Haunting of Hill House Nominated

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