Carla Gugino is an American actress probably best known for her roles in “Spy Kids” and “Watchmen,” though she has appeared in many other projects. She was most recently cast in M. Night Shyamalan’s Event Series “Wayward Pines” for Fox.
Carla Gugino is a mix of Italian, English and Irish ancestry. Not a lot is known about her outside of her professional work, and that’s on purpose. “I’m fiercely protective of my privacy.” She is notably not active on social media.
Though born in Sarasota, Florida, her mother moved to Paradise, California, a hippie enclave, when Carla was in grade school. Though she moved frequently, Carla maintained a strong GPA and graduated as the valedictorian of her high school class. “I used to be made fun of as a kid for being really articulate; it was sort of like a strange thing.”
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Carla said of her childhood, “Because I was exposed to so many different kinds of people and so many different places…it gave me a great empathy for people, and a real curiosity to get into other people’s heads.”
When Carla Gugino was fifteen, she was scouted by a modeling agency and spent the summer in New York. The experience didn’t mesh with her, and she moved back to Los Angeles. Encouraged to try acting, Carla began taking acting classes. Though she did model briefly as a teenager, she was considered too short for fashion runway work.
A variety of parts followed, including stints on “Falcon Crest,” “Who’s the Boss?” “Alf” and “The Wonder Years.” Her big screen break came in “This Boy’s Life.”
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She said, “I always had challenges when I was younger, because I looked so young but sounded older.”
Still, roles continued to come her way, such as “Snake Eyes,” “Spin City,” “Entourage,” “Karen Sisco” and “Spy Kids.” Interestingly, she is only seven years old than Malin Akerman, who played her daughter in “Watchmen.”
“I’ve joked that I would have either become schizophrenic or an actress, but as an actress you can do both.”
Aside from acting, Carla Gugino likes traveling and doing yoga.
She has a butterfly tattoo on the inside of her left ankle. Though not married, her partner is Sebastian Gutierrez. They live in Los Angeles.