‘Jett’ has taken off for Carla Gugino


Title star nears the end of action drama’s season

Carla Gugino

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”

Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin has decades of experience covering the television and movie businesses, winning Tribune Media Services’ Crown Jewel Award in 2008 for his performance in the company. Over those many years of interviewing and writing, he has spoken with everyone from Robert De Niro and John Travolta to Paul McCartney and Tony Bennett … from Meryl Streep and Julie Andrews to Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.

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