Trivia

  • Featured in the 1994 Bon Jovi music video, "Always", alongside Jack Noseworthy, Jason Wiles and Keri Russell.
  • Was her high school's valedictorian.
  • She turned down the role of Vin Diesel's love interest in the box-office hit Baby-sittor (2005) to take a small but unforgettably sexy role in Sin City (2005) because she had enjoyed working with director Robert Rodriguez in the three "Spy Kids" films.
  • Starred in two films in March 2009 that were back to back openings and USA box office kings. Watchmen (2009) opened March 6th, 2009, and was the number one film of the weekend. Race to Witch Mountain (2009) opened March 13th, 2009, and was the number one film of that weekend.
  • Has a butterfly tattoo on the inside of her left ankle.
  • Cousin of Hillary Safire.
  • Modeled for the prestigious Elite agency as a teenager but was considered too short for fashion runway work.
  • Boyfriend is writer/director Sebastian Gutierrez, with whom she has worked on her TV series Karen Sisco (2003) and Rise: Blood Hunter (2007).
  • Niece of actress Carol Merrill (Carol was married to Carla's uncle, Mark Burgess). Carol's daughter is actress Hillary Safire.
  • Her father was of Italian descent. Her mother's ancestry is English and Irish.
  • Is only seven years older than Malin Akerman, who played her daughter in Watchmen (2009).
  • Good friends with Elizabeth Berkley.
  • Had a kidney operation when she was only 4 years old.

Quotes

  • 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 think you always have to go as an artist with instinct, I really do.
  • 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.
  • As an actor, you're naked emotionally; you're revealing yourself emotionally.
  • Yeah, I guess I'm not a particularly religious person, but I do really believe strongly that we all need to believe in something, and that's very personal to each one of us.
  • I'll always take an artistic endeavor over a career move.
  • I've joked that I would have either become schizophrenic or an actress, but as an actress you can do both.
  • I kind of knew it wasn't going to be until my 30s that I really hit my stride as an actor.
  • I'm a sensualist. My two main indulgences are dark chocolate and massages.
  • I think that there's a tendency for actors who play strong women to have them take on all the worst characteristics of men, to become cold and detached and hardened.
  • Sexuality is one of the biggest parts of who we are.
  • You know, I used to be made fun of as a kid for being really articulate; it was sort of like a strange thing.
  • I guess I've always been really attracted to period pieces and always felt visually I was probably more made for the '50s or the early '60s than I am for a modern day.
  • 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 love doing serious movies for adults.
  • 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 favorite thing is to have a big dinner with friends and talk about life.
  • 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 always had challenges when I was younger, because I looked so young but sounded older.
  • My tendency as an actor is, when there's a certain energy, I feel a challenge to match it, to come up to that plate and play on the same level.
  • Personally, just as an actor, I love accents; they're fun.
  • I'm fiercely protective of my privacy.
  • I feel like I'm the only person - or woman, at least - who hasn't read 'Fifty Shades of Grey.'
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • My father and my mother separated when I was two..
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • I think I'm always trying to subvert conventions, and sometimes it's more successful than others.
  • Sucker Punch (2011) is a big girl-power movie.
  • I'm a huge Wong Kar-Wai fan.
  • 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.
  • One of the most important things for an actor is to observe humanity.
  • For me, I never, never, from the moment I started acting, had a desire to be famous.
  • 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 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 generally make a sort of playlist for my iPod for whatever project I'm doing.

Nicknames

  • Taryn Gugino
  • 카를라 구기노