Check­ing in with CARLA GUGINO

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - On Tv - BY JAY BOB­BIN

Carla Gugino’s lat­est se­ries has flown by like a “Jett” for her.

The ac­tress may have found her sig­na­ture role in the Cine­max and HBO Canada ac­tion drama. In its first year’s penul­ti­mate episode Fri­day, Aug. 2 – writ­ten and di­rected (as the en­tire show has been) by Gugino’s long­time sig­nif­i­cant other, Se­bas­tian Gu­tier­rez – thief Daisy “Jett” Kowal­ski finds big trou­ble in Dil­lon’s (Michael Aronov) re­venge plan, which pri­mar­ily tar­gets crime king­pin Char­lie Baude­laire (Gian­carlo Es­pos­ito) and his son Junior (Gen­try White).

“It’s re­ally chal­leng­ing to play Jett,” Gugino says, “be­cause she is not emo­tion­ally in­volved and not in­tro­spec­tive. I came to this straight from (Net­flix’s) ‘The Haunt­ing of Hill House,’ so the first week of shoot­ing ‘Jett’ was Se­bas­tian go­ing, ‘I’m see­ing too much. Too much em­pa­thy. She doesn’t care that much.’ It was re­ally in­ter­est­ing to get that from some­one who knows me so well. I had to have faith that pulling back tremen­dously was the right choice and what needed to be done.”

How­ever, Gugino notes, “That’s one of the things I love about act­ing, the fact that you see the world through a char­ac­ter’s eyes, and I feel very grate­ful for the op­por­tu­ni­ties and the peo­ple that I’m able to col­lab­o­rate with.

“It’s now been over three decades – which is crazy to me! – and this stage has re­quired me to say ‘No’ a lot, and to hold out for the things I feel can make an im­pact,” adds Gugino, who’s now film­ing the movie “Gun­pow­der Milk­shake” in Ber­lin. “It’s about mak­ing sure that I know why I’m do­ing some­thing, and to hope­fully con­trib­ute in a mean­ing­ful way.” Birth­date: Aug. 29, 1971

Birth­place: Sara­sota, Fla.

Cur­rent res­i­dence: Los An­ge­les

Mar­i­tal sta­tus: Sin­gle, but the long­time part­ner of film­maker Se­bas­tian Gu­tier­rez Other tele­vi­sion cred­its in­clude: “The Haunt­ing of Hill House,” “Road­ies,” “The Brink,” “New Girl,” “Po­lit­i­cal An­i­mals,” “Hide,” “Cal­i­for­ni­ca­tion,” “En­tourage,” “Thresh­old,” “Karen Sisco,” “She Crea­ture,” “Chicago Hope,” “A Sea­son for Mir­a­cles,” “Ho­tel Alexan­dria,” “Spin City,” “The Buc­ca­neers,” “Mo­tor­cy­cle Gang,” “Fal­con Crest” Movie cred­its in­clude: “El­iz­a­beth Har­vest,” “Gerald’s Game,” “The Space Be­tween Us,” “Wolves,” “San An­dreas,” “Ho­tel Noir,” “New Year’s Eve,” “Mr. Pop­per’s Pen­guins,” “Sucker Punch,” “I Melt With You,” “Faster,” “Every Day,” “Race to Witch Moun­tain,” “Watch­men,” “The Un­born,” “Right­eous Kill,” “Amer­i­can Gang­ster,” “Night at the Mu­seum,” “Sin City,” “The Singing De­tec­tive,” “The One,” “Spy Kids,” “Spy Kids 2: The Is­land of Lost Dreams,” “Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over,” “Ju­das Kiss,” “Snake Eyes,” “The War at Home,” “Mi­ami Rhap­sody,” “Son in Law,” “This Boy’s Life,” “Wel­come Home, Roxy Carmichael,” “Troop Bev­erly Hills”

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