Happy Birthday Carla Gugino
Carla Gugino aka Carla N. Gugino was born in Sarasota, Florida on August 29th, 1971 to Carl Gugino, an orthodontist. She is a mixture of Italian and, English-Irish ancestry. When she was of five years, she moved to Paradise, California. Carla was a very bright student as she always used to achieve straight A grade all her high school despite the fact that she was on constant move with her mother in between states. Cara graduated as a Valedictorian.
From 2005, Carla started dating her collaborator, writer/producer/director Sebastian Gutierrez and, is still in relation with him. At the age of 15, a modelling agency discovered her talent and, sent her to New York to pursue modelling however, she returned back to LA soon and, enrolled in an acting class with the help of her aunt Carol Merrill known from the movie Let’s Make a Deal.
As a part of modelling, she modeled for Elite Agency in her teen but, was considered too short for fashion runway work. She underwent a kidney operation at the age of 4 and, has a butterfly tattoo on the inside of her left ankle. Carla is the cousin of Hillary Safire. In her free time, she loves doing yoga and, spending time and travelling with friends.
Carla started working for the television fraternity in late 80’s and early 90’s through shows like: Saved by the Bell, ALF, Doogie Howser and a recurring role on Falcon Crest. She turned down the offer of becoming Vin Diesel’s love interest in the movie The Pacifier to take a small but sexy role in Sin City.
She played important parts in the movies Troop Beverly Hills, Always, Spin City, Snake Eyes and many more. She also played the role of a spy named Ingrid Cortez in the first 3 movies of the Spy Kids Series and, was also seen in The One, the very same year.
Other than movies Carla also became a part of theatre production of Eugene O’Neill’s Desire Under the Elms as Abby and, in 3 different movies titled: The Unborn, Watchmen and, adventure remake Race to Witch Mountain opposite Dwayne Johnson. Two years later, she appeared in Sucker Punch for which she also sang a duet with Oscar Isaac and, the next year she played the role of leading investigating reporter in Political Animals.
She got nominated in 2008 for her work in American Gangster in the category: Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture and, in 2009, Carla 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.