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Charisma Carpenter Reference and Links

Nov 12, 2007
New York

Charisma Carpenter

Name : Charisma Carpenter
Birth Date : 23 July 1970,
Birth Place : Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Birth Name : Charisma Lee Carpenter
Nickname : Chrissy
Height : 5' 7½" (1.71 m)
Profession : Actress


Mini Bio of Charisma from IMDB

Born July 23, 1970 in Las Vegas, Charisma Carpenter was named after an Avon perfume (a fact that did not sit well with her). She studied classical ballet from age five. Her family moved around often. As a youngster, she entered many local beauty contests. Charisma attended Gorman High School in Las Vegas. At 15, the family moved to Rosarita City, Mexico, and then to Bonita (a suburb of San Diego) where she attended Bonita High. Charisma finally transferred to Chula Vista School of Creative and Performing Arts, where she graduated in 1988. In high school(s), she was a cheerleader, and did the typical teen things: sneaking out and having boys over when mom wasn't home. Charisma's nature tends to be pensive, which some classmates unfortunately misinterpreted as being snooty. After graduating, she traveled throughout Europe, then went on to college. She also worked as an aerobics instructor and in property management. In 1991, Charisma was a cheerleader for the San Diego Chargers. In 1992, she moved to Los Angeles. She audited classes at Playhouse West, and was cast in over 20 major commercials, including doing a long stint for "Secret". Charisma was in a number of theater productions, such as "No, No, Nanette" and "Welcome Home, Soldier". This tall (5'7") beauty with the striking looks, brunette hair with chestnut highlights, and hazel eyes was a natural for TV; she started in an episode of "Baywatch" (1989) in October, 1994. Because of that appearance, Aaron Spelling personally auditioned her for the role of Ashley in "Malibu Shores" (1996), which had a brief run from March to June of 1996. Despite the short run, TV Guide noticed her and said she was beguiling and had the most fleshed-out character on the show. Charisma auditioned for the title role in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997) but wound up being cast as Cordelia, instead. She had doubts about this, and did not want to play a bitchy character again, but her agent reminded her that she couldn't be typecast until people knew her. Originally intended as a temporary character, to be a thorn in Buffy's side, Charisma's role was popular enough that she became a regular in the second season. She is quick to point out she is nothing like her TV persona, noting, "People might think I'm this awful person, but I'm not--I'm a nice girl". Fans and producers liked the character enough that she was transferred to a bigger role on the spin-off series "Angel" (1999). A long career in TV now seems assured for Charisma. Her hobbies include horseback riding, roller blading, hiking and rock climbing (for her 26th birthday, she had gone skydiving. When the folks at WB heard about this, they made her sign a clause that she would refrain from that for the length of her contract). She has prudently switched to writing poetry instead. Her favorite color is yellow (mine too, it's so bright and cheerful). For Charisma, life is good. And, as a former Las Vegas lounge performer, she comments that dancing is easy, acting is not. She also notes, "You can take the girl out of Vegas, but you can't take Vegas out of the girl".


Netglimse Bio

Charisma Carpenter was born on July 23, 1970, and raised in fast-paced Las Vegas, Nevada. Even in childhood, Charisma was very interested in the performing arts. At the young age of 5, she was already studying classical ballet. Although Charisma enjoyed living in Los Vegas, her parents decided to move to Mexico when she was 15 years old. It was at this point that Charisma decided to attend the School of Creative and Performing Arts and do the one-hour commute from Mexico to San Diego. After she finally graduated high school, Charisma, like most other young women, decided to tour Europe. Upon returning to San Diego once again, she began working odd jobs to support herself such as a video store clerk, an aerobics instructor and in 1991, she even spent some time working as a cheerleader for the San Diego Chargers.

Soon after that, Charisma decided to move to Los Angeles and took up a job as a waitress in Mirabelle Restaurant on Sunset Boulevard. But she wasn't an aspiring actress at the time; Charisma was saving money so that she could return to school to become an English teacher. Her fate, however, was headed on a very different direction. While working one day, a commercial agent discovered her and recommended that she attend a variety of acting schools. After sorting through all the schools and courses offered, Charisma decided to attend Playhouse West, a very reputable acting school. Because she quickly realized how passionate she was about acting, Charisma remained there for eighteen months studying the techniques and drama. In the midst of attending the school, Charisma began doing a multitude of commercials. After approximately twenty, she got her first real acting break in Baywatch in 1995.

Almost 7 years after her guest appearance on the show, Charisma landed a starring role on Aaron Spelling's Malibu Shores. Unfortunately, the show, which also starred Keri Russell, was short lived and once again, Charisma was left without a solid acting job. After some guest appearances on other shows such as Pacific Blue and Boy Meets World, Charisma's luck was finally about to change. Luckily enough, Charisma's agent sent her out to audition for Buffy, the Vampire Slayer in 1997. Initially, she tried out for the part of the main character, Buffy, which as we all know, went to Sarah Michelle Gellar. But the producers asked her to try out for the part of Cordelia and lo and behold, she was picked for the part instantly. After three years on Buffy, Charisma was offered a co-starring role opposite David Boreanaz on the spin-off show Angel, and she eagerly accepted, event though she would continue to play the same bratty, snobby character.

Link to Bio from Wikipedia

Charisma Carpenter Trivia from IMDB.com


* Became good friends with Susan Ward after both were turned down for the role of Maggie Cory on the soap "Another World" (1964).

* Was a cheerleader for the San Diego Chargers' football team.

* Named by her mother after a brand of perfume

* Auditioned for the role of Buffy on the TV show "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997), but got the role of Cordelia after it was turned down by actress Bianca Lawson.

* Lost out to Kelly Rutherford in Scream 3 (2000).

* She has a tribal sun tattooed on her back.

* Gave birth to a healthy baby boy, Donovan Charles Hardy, at 9:50 PM on March 24th 2003 at Cedar Sinai hospital in Beverly Hills.

* After 7 years playing Cordelia Chase, 3 years on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997) and 4 years on "Angel" (1999), Charisma was not invited back as a regular for Angel's fifth and final season. She agreed to return for the 100th episode although she wasn't asked until Sarah Michelle Gellar turned down the chance to guest star in the episode. [2003]

* Will be reprising her role as Cordelia Chase in the 100th episode of "Angel" (1999). The show is currently in its fifth season without her, considering the Cordelia Chase character is in a coma. [November 2003]

* She's Cherokee, Irish, Scottish, and Spanish on her mother's side and French and German on her father's side.

* Has a rosary tattoo on her left wrist.

* She held three state titles when she was thirteen years old and placed top five for a ballet routine at an international competition.

* She tries to sign only personalized autographs so her signature cannot be sold on EBay or elsewhere. She also refuses to sign her MAXIM, FHM, or other revealing photos.

* She is one of the only cast members from "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997) and "Angel" (1999) who refuses to charge for her autograph at fan conventions. She does it for free.

* Her guest spot on Lifetime's "The Division" (2001) as a young woman attacked by an undercover police officer eerily resembles a real life incident nearly ten years ago in which Charisma and two of her friends were attacked by a former police officer in Torrey Pines State Beach in San Diego. Charisma escaped unharmed, although one of her friends was seriously injured. The police officer, who had been stalking Charisma for almost a year, was sentenced to fifty years in prison.

* The role of Delilah in The Faculty (1998) was written specifically for her, but she turned it down because it was too similar to her "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997) character, Cordelia.

* Appears on the June 2004 cover of Playboy with a 10 page layout inside.

* The scars her character Cordelia got after a fall in Buffy are actually real. As a young child, she fell into a swimming pool that was under construction at her home, and was run through by a piece of rebar.

* After starring in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997), "Angel" (1999), and guest-starring in episodes of "Charmed" (1998), she has become the face of supernatural dramas on The WB.

* Her character, Cordelia Chase, whom she had played for years on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997) and "Angel" (1999), was killed off in the landmark 100th episode of "Angel" (1999). It was her final appearance on the series, with the exception of archival footage.

* Her characters on both "Angel" (1999) and "Charmed" (1998) could see into the future.

* She is good friends with her See Jane Date (2003) (TV) co-star Holly Marie Combs. In fact, it was their friendship that prompted her to play Kira on "Charmed" (1998).

* She has two half brothers, Troy and Kenny.

* Was in an unaired pilot called "Like Cats & Dogs".

* She speaks Spanish, however she states that she's not fluent, despite being of Mexican ancestry and spending time living in Mexico as a child.

* A fitness enthusiast, her outdoor interests include roller blading, rock climbing, hiking and sky diving.

* Currently resides in Los Angeles, California with her two Golden Retrievers.

* Has studied classical ballet since the age of 5, and pursued dancing as part of her high school curriculum, by commuting between Mexico and San Diego to take lessons at the School of Creative and Performing Arts.

* Was discovered by a commercial agent while working as a waitress in Los Angeles to save for her college education.

Personal Quotes

- "I had my heart set on becoming an English teacher, but stumbled into acting after meeting a theatrical agent in my dad's restaurant in San Diego." [June 30, 2003]

- "Lots of doors have opened for me because of Buffy and Angel but, although I'm ambitious, I'm not going to just do anything simply because the money is good. If I can't love a project, then I'm not interested." [June 30, 2003]

- [about Sarah Michelle Gellar winning the role of Buffy:] "Initially I was disappointed, but while I didn't see it at the time, I know now I'm better suited to Cordelia. ... Moving from Buffy to Angel was great for me. On Buffy I wasn't all that high on the totem pole as far as responsibility and screen time. That all changed when I joined David [Boreanaz] in Angel. The whole thing has been such a buzz." [2003]

- "I'm a mixed breed and hope to live longer because of it."

- "I don't really see myself being a sex symbol at all."

- "I think essentially the meaning of life is probably the journey and not really any one thing or an outcome or a result. I think it's kinda the process and I think that if you can find happiness in the process then maybe that's it. I just feel really in love with life and the life I've created with my family. So it works for me."

- "Well, I can tell you what my goals are. I have a son now, so I want the half-hour sitcom lifestyle, where you can have a family and work. And then, during summer hiatus, I'd like to do a Kill Bill or Wonder Woman or some movie like that."

- "You can take the girl out of Vegas, but you can't take the Vegas out of the girl."

- "I was a little turned off by the idea of doing another bitch. But my agent put it to me quite frankly, that you have to be known before you can be typecast." (On her role as Cordelia)

- "My mom owned a retail store, so I had these hot satin pants. I was like Satan at my all-Christian school."

- [On playing "Kendall Casablancas" on "Veronica Mars" (2004)] "The name is really spectacular. My manager was like, "It's the best name in prime time." I just laughed at him".

- [On posing for Playboy] "I wanted to get back to my old self. I wanted to feel desirable and sexy. So I thought, "What if I went full throttle?"


The Complete credits of Charisma Carpenter from IMDB.com

YouTube - WB Buffy Promo - Backlot Break - Charisma Carpenter

YouTube - Charisma Carpenter - Playboy Layout Interview

YouTube - Charisma Carpenter interview

YouTube - Charisma Carpenter on 'The Vibe'