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Carla Gugino

  • American actress
  • Born August 29, 1971

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), Sally Jupiter in Watchmen (2009), Dr. Vera Gorski in Sucker Punch (2011), and as the lead characters in the television series Karen Sisco, Threshold and most recently The Haunting of Hill House. 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), The Space Between Us (2017), and Gerald's Game (2017), as well as the voice role of Kelor in the DC Extended Universe.


Well, first of all, I'm an incredibly gullible person - I'm so bad that when I said that to someone, my friend said, 'You know, 'gullible' isn't even in the dictionary.' And I said, 'Really?' As I was saying 'Really?' I will acknowledge that I then realized what was happening, but that's how bad I am.




It's not often that the idea of continuing something for a potentially long period of time sounds exciting to me, because I really am a gypsy by nature.




I find often in Hollywood there are many people who play themselves really beautifully. And certain parts are not that dissimilar from who you are as a person.




Unfortunately, 'chick flick' has become a term to describe most movies that I don't even like. They're these movies that, yes, have women in them but they really don't reflect who women are, and there's something kind of silly or shallow or gossipy about them.




My father and my mother separated when I was two.




Personally, just as an actor, I love accents; they're fun.




I think when I first started acting there were different people who I thought, 'I want that person's career or that person's career.' And as time has gone on, it's become really clear to me what is important to me; getting the best roles, the roles that I feel are challenging and scary and that I haven't done yet.




What I've realized is that we're our own harshest critics. We give ourselves limitations. But I want to push through that wall, on a creative and personal level.




I like being the lead but I like being in an ensemble. There are different challenges and dilemmas with both. If you're carrying a film, there's a certain weight, but there are a lot of scenes to explore the character. When you're in an ensemble, you have to convey the entire character in a limited number of scenes.




I feel like I'm the only person - or woman, at least - who hasn't read 'Fifty Shades of Grey.'




I'll always take an artistic endeavor over a career move.




I love doing serious movies for adults.




I'm intrigued by films that have a singular vision behind them. A lot of studio movies have ten writers by the time they're done. You have a movie testing 200 times, making adjustments according to various people's opinions. It's difficult to have an undistilled vision.




I always had challenges when I was younger, because I looked so young but sounded older.




When my friends have a health concern, they call me. I've always been a vitamin taker. I also take digestive enzymes and antioxidants, and supplements that help with the thyroid and adrenals for my time-zone changes.




It is odd there are many movies with many men. But generally movies have one woman, or maybe the older woman and the younger girl.




I think I'm always trying to subvert conventions, and sometimes it's more successful than others.




I'm a sensualist. My two main indulgences are dark chocolate and massages.




I always feel like I want to work with people who raise my game, and I can do the same for them, and we can jump off the cliff together.




I'm a huge Wong Kar-Wai fan.




When a sports movie really works, it gets you on all levels, because the stakes are high. It's black and white. It's win or lose.




I generally make a sort of playlist for my iPod for whatever project I'm doing.




'Sucker Punch' is a big girl power movie.




We are all multidimensional and kind of have dual personalities. Everyone puts on different roles depending on what circumstances they're in without even noticing that they do that.




One of the most important things for an actor is to observe humanity.




My favorite thing is to have a big dinner with friends and talk about life.




I kind of knew it wasn't going to be until my 30s that I really hit my stride as an actor.




You know, I used to be made fun of as a kid for being really articulate; it was sort of like a strange thing.




Sexuality is one of the biggest parts of who we are.




One of the things I really love about TV is this symbiotic relationship you can get between the writers and the actors, and the characters start to come to life because you start to collaborate.




As an actor, you're naked emotionally; you're revealing yourself emotionally.




For me, I never, never, from the moment I started acting, had a desire to be famous.



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