Carla Gugino (//; born August 29, 1971) is an American actress. She is best known for her roles as Ingrid Cortez in the Spy Kids trilogy (2001–2003), Ritchie Robert's wife Laurie in American Gangster (2007), Sally Jupiter in Watchmen (2009), Dr. Vera Gorski in Sucker Punch (2011), and as the lead characters in the television series Karen Sisco, Threshold, The Haunting of Hill House, and Jett. Gugino's feature film work includes starring roles in Son in Law (1993), Sin City (2005), Night at the Museum (2006), Mr. Popper's Penguins (2011), San Andreas (2015), and The Space Between Us and Gerald's Game (both 2017), as well as the voice role of Kelor in the DC Extended Universe. Gugino has also had lead roles in the television series Political Animals (2012), Wayward Pines (2015), Roadies (2016), and Jett (2019).
Gugino in 2016
|Partner(s)||Sebastián Gutiérrez (1996–present)|
|Relatives||Carol Merrill (aunt)|
Gugino was born in Sarasota, Florida, to Carl Gugino, an orthodontist of Italian descent, and a mother of English-Irish descent described as "Bohemian". Her parents separated when she was two, 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. She eventually came to support herself, and with her parents' support, was legally emancipated by the time she was 16.
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".
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 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.
Gugino appeared as Amanda, Vincent Chase's agent, in a dozen episodes of the cable television series Entourage. Gugino appeared nude in the May 2007 issue of Allure. 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." 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, 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 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 2015, Gugino had a lead role in the disaster film, San Andreas, where she once again starred opposite Dwayne Johnson.
|1989||Troop Beverly Hills||Chica Barnfell|
|1990||Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael||Young Roxy|
|1993||This Boy's Life||Norma|
|1993||Son in Law||Rebecca Warner|
|1996||Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco||Delilah||Voice role|
|1996||The War at Home||Melissa|
|1996||Wedding Bell Blues||Violet|
|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|
|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|
|2005||The Life Coach||Carla|
|2006||Night at the Museum||Rebecca Hutman|
|2007||Rise: Blood Hunter||Eve|
|2007||American Gangster||Laurie Roberts|
|2008||Righteous Kill||Det. Karen Corelli|
|2009||The Unborn||Janet Beldon|
|2009||Watchmen||Sally Jupiter / Silk Spectre|
|2009||Race to Witch Mountain||Dr. Alex Friedman|
|2009||Women in Trouble||Elektra Luxx|
|2009||Under the Hood||Sally Jupiter / Silk Spectre||Short film|
|2010||The Mighty Macs||Cathy Rush|
|2010||Elektra Luxx||Elektra Luxx|
|2011||I Melt With You||Laura|
|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|
|2013||By Virtue Fall||Actress|
|2013||Man of Steel||Kelor||Voice role|
|2016||Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice||Kelor||Voice role|
|2017||The Space Between Us||Kendra|
|2017||Gerald's Game||Jessie Burlingame|
|1988||Who's the Boss?||Jane||Episode: "Prom Night II"|
|1988||Good Morning, Miss Bliss||Karen||Episode: "Summer Love"|
|1989||ALF||Laura||Episode: "Standing in the Shadows of Love"|
|1989–90||Falcon Crest||Sydney St. James||Recurring role (season 9)|
|1990||American Dreamer||Young Jessica||Episode: "Pilot"|
|1990||Ferris Bueller||Ann Peyson||Episode: "Stand-In Deliver"|
|1991||Doogie Howser, M.D.||Sara Newman||Episode: "Planet of the Dateless"|
|1991||The Wonder Years||Sandy||Episode: "Triangle"|
|1992||Murder Without Motive: The Edmund Perry Story||Allison Connors||Television film|
|1992||Quantum Leap||Michelle Temple Cutter||Episode: "Ghost Ship – August 13, 1956"|
|1992||Davis Rules||Kathi||Episodes: "Someone to Watch Over Them", "A Father Makes All the Difference"|
|1992||A Private Matter||Mary Beth||Television film|
|1994||Motorcycle Gang||Leann Morris||Television film|
|1995||The Buccaneers||Annabel "Nan" St. George||5 episodes|
|1996, 1998||Spin City||Ashley Schaeffer||Starring role (season 1), Episode: "It Happened One Night"|
|1999||Hotel Alexandria||Unknown||Italian miniseries, 6 episodes|
|1999||Bonne Nuit||Carol Reeves||Television film|
|1999||A Season for Miracles||Emilie Thompson||Television film|
|1999–2000||Chicago Hope||Dr. Gina Simon||Main role in season 6 (23 episodes)|
|2001||She Creature||Lily||Television film|
|2003–2004||Karen Sisco||Karen Sisco||Lead role (10 episodes)|
|2005–2006||Threshold||Dr. Molly Anne Caffrey||Main role (13 episodes)|
|2007–2010||Entourage||Amanda Daniels||12 episodes|
|2012||Justified||Karen Goodall||Episode: "Cut Ties"|
|2012||Political Animals||Susan Berg||Miniseries; main role|
|2012||New Girl||Emma||3 episodes|
|2015–2016||Wayward Pines||Kate Hewson||Main role in Season 1 (11 episodes)|
|2015||The Brink||Joanne "Jo" Larson||6 episodes|
|2016||Supergirl||Kelor (voice)||Episode: "Solitude"; uncredited|
|2016||Roadies||Shelli||Main role (10 episodes)|
|2017||Nashville||Virginia Wyatt||Episode: "If Tomorrow Never Comes"|
|2018||Robot Chicken||Joyce Byers / Meg Altman||Voice role; episode: "Mr. Mozzarella's Hamburger Skateboard Depot"|
|2018||The Haunting of Hill House||Olivia Crain||Main role|
|2019||Jett||Daisy ”Jett” Kowalski||Main role|
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.
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- "Stars line up for naked spread" ContactMusic.com; April 24, 2007
- Isherwood, Charles. "A New Look at an Old Farm Threatened by Heat" The New York Times; February 4, 2009
- Kit, Borys. "'Watchmen' adds Gugino as do-gooder" The Hollywood Reporter; August 9, 2007,
- Outer Critics Circle Awards Archive 2008–2009 Archived January 2, 2014, at the Wayback Machine; Accessed January 20, 2012
- Mitchell, Maurice. "Every Hidden Easter Egg in MAN OF STEEL – UPDATED [List]". TheGeekTwins.com. Retrieved June 13, 2015.
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- NIAF 34th Anniversary Gala Review Archived November 3, 2011, at the Wayback Machine; October 28, 2009; Accessed January 20, 2012.