Charisma Carpenter is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Cordelia Chase on the television series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Angel."
Charisma Lee Carpenter was born in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 23, 1970. Even though her family moved around a lot when she was growing up, taking up residence in such locations as Rosarita City, Mexico and San Diego, California, that didn't stop her from getting a proper education, nor from participating in such activities as ballet and cheerleading. After graduating from both the Bonita Vista High School and Chula Vista School of the Creative and Performing Arts in San Diego, she took a break from school to explore Europe. Upon returning, she was chosen to be a San Diego Chargers cheerleader in 1991. The following year, she moved to Los Angeles to persue a career in acting.
Charisma's first role came in 1994, when she played a guest spot on the series, "Baywatch." This lead to a starring role on the Aaron Spelling series, "Malibu Shores," albeit a short one, as the series didn't last. However, in 1996, Charisma caught her big break while auditioning for a role on what would become the cult classic series, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." While she originally tried out for the title character, she was cast as the snobby Cordelia instead. Perhaps a blessing in disguise, the character would spin-off to the series, "Angel," after the show's third season, giving her a much meatier role.
Since her time on "Buffy" and "Angel," Charisma has held numerous guest roles on series such as "Charmed," "Veronica Mars," and "Greek." She even starred on ABC Family's "The Lying Game" in 2011. Her career soon began to expand to features as well, with her most famous role in that department being as Lacy in the popular "The Expendables" films. Charisma has even begun hosting the TV series, "Surviving Evil," which chronicles the heroic tales of real people surviving horrific attacks.