Carla Gugino (born August 29, 1971) is an American actress. She is best known for her roles as Ingrid Cortez in the Spy Kids series, Sally Jupiter in Watchmen, Dr. Vera Gorski in Sucker Punch, and as the lead characters in the television series Karen Sisco and Threshold. Gugino's feature film work includes starring roles in Son in Law, Sin City, Night at the Museum, Mr. Popper's Penguins, San Andreas, The Space Between Us, and Gerald's Game, 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, Wayward Pines, and Roadies.
Carla 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 would travel 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 described her bicoastal childhood, saying, "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.
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