Any actor’s CV can be distilled to a few key roles. In Carla Gugino's case, it’s hard to narrow down her signature parts from the 100-plus TV shows, movies and plays she’s been in a career spanning three decades.
Folks of a certain age might remember her on Michael J Fox’s workplace comedy Spin City; others from a younger generation might know her from Sin City. Protean and prolific, she's been in action (Watchmen), comedies (Entourage), sci-fi (Wayward Pines), drama (Political Animals), and horror (The Haunting of Hill House).
Frankly, she’s fine not being known for any single role, the 47-year-old American tells 8 DAYS recently. She simply loves the transformational aspects of her vocation, hiding behind different characters in different genres.
“I enjoy mixing the roles up, taking risks and trying different things,” she adds. “I don’t think I prefer one genre over another; I’m always on the lookout for a director with vision, a great character, and a wonderful piece of material.”
And it’s in the just-concluded Cinemax series Jett that Gugino, a Meryl Streep fan ("I saw Silkwood and Sophie's Choice when I was 13 and that was when I decided to be an actress"), found a project which ticked all three boxes.
In the nine-part crime drama, created by Sebastian Gutiérrez — who happens to be Gugino’s longtime boyfriend — she plays Daisy ‘Jett’ Kowalski, a retired thief who’s, er, persuaded, by Breaking Bad's Giancarlo Esposito's mob boss to do another job.
"What I love about Jett is that she doesn't give away a lot," says Gugino. "It takes quite a while to understand her and ultimately she is not Robin Hood. She's very good at her job and very committed to what she does."
Calling us from the set of her latest movie, Gunpowder Milkshake (more of that in a bit) in Berlin, the versatile performer tells us more about her shifty alter-ego…