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Carla Gugino: In Profile

A great smile, a warm personality, and quiet modesty are sure signs of an up and coming Hollywood star. Carla Gugino may not be one of the most recognizable names working in Hollywood films and television dramas these days but her time in the spotlight is growing larger and larger these days. With roles in such films as Snake Eyes, Son-in-Law, and television dramas such as Chicago Hope and Spin City — this once teen model turned actress has been given the chance to move beyond supporting roles in television and small films and into leading roles in major Hollywood features.

In the new film Spy Kids, Carla plays Ingrid Cortez, the former spy and mother of two children who end up saving the lives of her and her husband (played by Antonio Banderas) from the notorious Floop and his evil, robotic spy kids. Carla says it literally took her 48 hours to read the script, sign on for the role, and then start shooting on location in Austin, Texas. Through a labyrinthine connection via a Hallmark TV movie to one of the kids of Kids, she hooked up with director Robert Rodriguez and was selected without an audition.

‘Most often in Hollywood, actors play parts that represent their own personalities wonderfully,’ says Gugino. ‘My roles try to reach outside my own personalities and my own projects to better define my acting career as a whole. As my career is better defined, the roles I take on as an actress lead to bigger and better projects.’

Gugino’s story is a familiar tale of determined dreams and making it big in Hollywood. At age 15, she went to New York to pursue a modeling career, but found it too demanding at such a young age. She moved back to L.A. in the summer and enrolled in acting school upon the advice of her aunt Carol Merrill, the famed hostess of Let’s Make A Deal. Emancipated from her parents, she soon guest starred on such mid-80s shows as ALF, Falcon Crest, Who’s the Boss? and Webster before making her film debut as one of the spoiled members of Troop Beverly Hills.

The one thing we discovered in our conversation with Gugino was her honesty toward her career and her life as an actress. She remarks that ‘much of Hollywood is not glamorous’ and ‘the shelf life of actors and actress in the film world is very limited.’ With these acknowledgements in mind, Carla is looking to move beyond her roles in front of the camera and take a bigger role as a producer.

One film in particular, Judas Kiss, was co-produced by Gugino and her main reason for joining the production and taking the leading role was to ‘elevate to the role through my acting abilities.’

Carla Gugino’s star continues to rise. She reminds us of a combination of acting talent and grace reminiscent of Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, and Audrey Hepburn all rolled into one person. Let’s hope the rest of the world recognizes this quiet beauty for the talent she holds inside.

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