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Cara Buono

  • American actress
  • Born March 1, 1974

Cara Buono is an American actress. Her roles include Dr. Faye Miller in the fourth season of the AMC drama series Mad Men, Kelli Moltisanti in the sixth season of The Sopranos, Linda Salvo in the 2006 comedy Artie Lange's Beer League, and Karen Wheeler in the horror sci-fi Netflix original series Stranger Things (2016–present). She has appeared in such films as Hulk (2003) and Let Me In (2010).


I want to do a character in a one-woman show who's a yoga teacher from the Bronx. I could do the best accent: 'Raise yaw ahms up! Reach faw da sky!'




I love food and I love ingredients and I love reading recipes. It's just a great pleasure.




I do love the clothes on 'Mad Men' because my character has been so elegant and I would never have had access to these clothes. I think Janie Bryant is a costume designing genius. They'll call and tell me, 'It will only take an hour,' and I'm like, 'I will try on the whole truck!'




As an actress, you have to give your character a life, a history, and make it full and rich for yourself.




I love to cook. I'd hoped by now I'd have a big loft. I have this fantasy that between 12 and 4, if you're in New York, it's known that I'll be serving a meal and you can just show up. You can watch TV, hang out, nap. Once a month. Wouldn't that be nice?




With 'Mad Men,' people who grew up or were living in that time, they love to talk about what it was really like.




I live in New York and got a call from my agent saying there was this new role on 'Mad Men,' it might be recurring and they're seeing people tomorrow. I said, 'OK, this is one of those things where you hedge your bets, use your miles and get on a plane.' I flew out Tuesday morning and got the job on a Wednesday.




I had some experience when I joined 'The Sopranos' in the last season. My character married Christopher, and everyone loved Adriana. I knew what it was like to join a very beloved, secretive show and following a very iconic character.




I've had a job since I was 11. I had a paper route, I worked at a video store, I was a toy doll at FAO Schwartz when I was in high school. And I think that it's made me really disciplined when it came to pursuing acting, because I had no clue how to go about it.




My mom cooked for us, and on the weekend, we always had Sunday dinner. My father liked to bake.




I am a certified yoga teacher and I love to cycle and swim.




I'm not a snob. I can make a meal out of anything. I can eat anywhere.




I might have to do the London Marathon. I like crowds, so that is why I like the big marathons.




Being on 'The Sopranos' definitely prepared me for the militant secrecy of 'Mad Men.'




I make the best eggplant parmigiana. Except maybe my mother. The way she makes it is delicious. If I told you how, I'd have to kill you.




I am born and raised in the Bronx. Where I grew up, it is a really working-class neighborhood and it does give you a really good work ethic.




I love watching people enjoying food. It's very relaxing for me to cook.




I love to cook. I love to cook for myself and my husband and big groups. I find it very relaxing, and I love socializing around a dinner table.




Running doesn't come easy to me, especially the first thirty or so minutes. My message is take it one step at a time.




Some people aren't great with babies, or they're not great with a smaller child - it's not that they're bad mothers.



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