Actress Charisma Carpenter

Celebrity Q&A, People
on April 27, 2008

What can you tell me about Charisma Carpenter from Angel and Buffy the Vampire Slayer? Surely such a talented actress doesn't have much trouble finding TV and movie work!
—Jan Vega, Lake City, Fla.

You're right. Carpenter, 37, named Charisma after a fragrance, has worked steadily since her character, Cordelia, died on the 100th episode of Angel. She's had recurring roles on Charmed, Veronica Mars, and, most recently, the ABC network series Big Shots. Of Cherokee, Irish, Scottish, Spanish, French and German descent, Carpenter was born in Las Vegas and worked as a cheerleader for the San Diego Chargers before moving to Hollywood and launching her acting career. She's married and has a 9-year-old son.