An American actress Charisma Carpenter is well known for her role in the famous TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-1999) as a fictional character Cordelia Chase. She is a very talented actress starred in numerous TV series like Angel, The Division, LAX, and others.
She has performed in many film series such as Josh Kirby…Time Warrior: Chapter 1, Planet of the Dino-Knights, Josh Kirby…Time Warrior: Chapter 2, the Human Pets, Josh Kirby…Time Warrior: Chapter 6 Last Battle for the Universe.
Also, she starred in the film like The Expendables, The Expendables 2, Bound and many more.
She married to Damian Hardy and blessed with one son, Donovan Charles Hardy. The duo separated and finalized their divorce in 2008.
Charisma Carpenter’s Early Life and Education
Charisma Carpenter is a daughter of Christine, a bird sanctuary worker and Don Carpenter, a salesman. She was born on July 23, 1970, in Loa Vegas, Nevada. She has two brothers, Troy and Ken and two nieces, Chrissy and Mackenzie.
She attended Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas. Since her childhood, she was interested in dancing and she was also the part of song and dance troupe which was performed in Las Vegas when she was nine years old.
Her family moved to Rosarito City, Mexico and then to San Diego, when she was fifteen years old. There she attended Bonita Vista High School and Chula Vista School of the Creative and Performing Arts. After her graduation, she traveled Europe and she returned to San Diego where she worked as a video store clerk.
She worked as a San Diego Charger cheerleader in 1991. One year later she moved to Los Angeles. When she was in San Diego in 1991, she and other two friends were attacked by former San Diego police officer and serial rapist Henry Hubbard Jr., who attended her two friends at the gunpoint. Her two friends and rapist were shot, forcing to flee the scene.
Her friends survived and rapist was arrested sentenced to 56 years in prison. She brought rapist’s police-issue flashlight from the beach, which he had left at the scene and the flashlight became a key piece if the evidence against him.
Charisma Carpenter’s Career
In 1994 Charisma Carpenter made her career debut from the popular American series Baywatch where she played the role of Wendie Sanders. She starred in the role on Aaron Spelling’s short-lived American primetime teen drama or soap opera Shores as Ashley Green in 10 episodes of the series.
She auditioned for the title role in the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer in 1996 but instead was cast as a fictional character Cordelia Chase.
Charisma Carpenter Talks Buffy, Angel & Social Media
She attended the event of Buffy the Vampire Slayer reunion on 2008 alongside Buffy’s creator Joss Whedon, producers David Greenwalt, Marti Noxon and others alumni including Emma Caulfield, Amber Benson, Seth Green and others.
In 2005 she appeared as the character of Kendall Casablancas in 11 episodes of the TV series Veronica Mars. Likewise, she starred in the numerous of the television series such as Bayway, LAX, The Division, See Jane Date, Angel, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, Lucifer, Blue Bloods and many more.
Moreover, she has also appeared in many film and TV projects such as Josh Kirby…Time Warrior: Chapter 1, Planet of the Dino-Knights, Josh Kirby…Time Warrior: Chapter 2, the Human Pets, Josh Kirby…Time Warrior: Chapter 6 Last Battle for the Universe, The Expendables, The Expendables 2, Bound and others.
She starred in production company Red Sparrow’s first film Psychosis and in an assortment of made for TV and direct to video movies including the sex comedy What Boys Like and the horror film Voodoo Moon, the romantic comedies See Jane date and Relative Chaos on ABC Family.
Charisma Carpenter’s Accolades
In the Top 99most Desirable Woman 2002, she was named #31 on Askmen.com and #44 on their 2005 list. She has stated, she does not view herself as a sex symbol.
She appeared on the cover and in a ten-page nude layout in June 2004, an issue of Playboy Magazine. When People Magazine asked her about her nude pictorial and whether or not she would ever pose for Playboy again? Then she replied:
"I don't know. I did Playboy for a very specific reason. Not only was it a good financial move, but it was about the place I was at in my life. I had just had my son and I'd gained 50 lbs. during pregnancy. 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?"
Charisma Carpenter’s Net Worth
Charisma Carpenter has an estimated net worth of $4million. She earned more than thousands of dollars from her career.
She also performed in many films which had a significant collection in box office some of them are:
1.The Expendables (2010)
Budget= $80 million
Box Office Collection= $274.5 million
IMBD Rating= 6.5
Nominated for Saturn Award, Visual Effects Society Awards and Golden Raspberry Awards.
2. The Expendables 2 (2012)
Budget= $100 million
Box Office Collection= $315million
IMBD Rating= 6.6
3. Bound (2015)
Budget= $1.13 million
Box Office Collection= N/A
IMBD Rating= 3.5
Starring= Daniel Baldwin, Andy T. Tran, Hayley McLaughlin.
Charisma Carpenter’s Personal Life
Charisma Carpenter was previously married to Damian Hardy on 5, October 2002 in Las Vegas. After some time the duo announced the big news of the pregnancy. The actress was very excited as she is going to experience motherhood for the first time. She left the show, Buffy, the Vampire Slayers in order to cope up with the pregnancy.
She gave birth to the baby boy Donovan Charles Hardy on 23rd July 2003. When their son was 5 years old, the duo decided to separate due to their personal reasons. S
o that they filed divorce and finalized in 2008. The pair separated after six years of their marriage. As of now, she is possibly single.
A talented American actress is not much active in social media like Instagram and Facebook but she is active on Twitter where she has 239K followers.