She studied classical ballet from age five. Her family moved around often. As a youngster, she entered many local beauty contests, and attended Gorman High School in Las Vegas. In high school she was a cheerleader, and did the typical teen things: Charisma's nature tends to be pensive, which some classmates unfortunately misinterpreted as being snooty.
She audited classes at Playhouse West and was cast in over 20 major commercials, including a long stint for Secret deodorant. Because of that appearance, Aaron Spelling personally auditioned her for the role of Ashley in Malibu Shores , which had a brief run from March to June of Despite its short run, TV Guide noticed her and said she was beguiling and had the most fleshed-out character on the show. Charisma auditioned for the title role in Buffy the Vampire Slayer but wound up being cast as Cordelia.
She had doubts about this and did not want to play a bitchy character again, but her agent reminded her that she couldn't be typecast until people knew her. She is quick to point out she is nothing like her TV persona, noting, "People might think I'm this awful person, but I'm not--I'm a nice girl". Fans and producers liked the character enough that she was transferred to a bigger role on the spin-off series Angel A long career in TV now seems assured for Charisma.
Was a cheerleader for the San Diego Chargers' football team. Named by her mother after a brand of perfume Auditioned for the role of Buffy on the TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer , but got the role of Cordelia after it was turned down by actress Bianca Lawson.
She has a tribal sun tattooed on her back. Gave birth to a healthy baby boy, Donovan Charles Hardy, at 9: After 7 years playing Cordelia Chase, 3 years on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and 4 years on Angel , Charisma was not invited back as a regular for Angel's fifth and final season.
She agreed to return for the th episode although she wasn't asked until Sarah Michelle Gellar turned down the chance to guest star in the episode. The show is currently in its fifth season without her, considering the Cordelia Chase character is in a coma. Has a rosary tattoo on her left wrist.
She held three state titles when she was thirteen years old and placed top five for a ballet routine at an international competition.
She tries to sign only personalized autographs so her signature cannot be sold on EBay or elsewhere. Her guest spot on Lifetime's The Division as a young woman attacked by an undercover police officer eerily resembles a real life incident on August 15, in which Charisma, then 22, and two of her friends were attacked by an off-duty San Diego police officer and serial rapist in Torrey Pines State Beach in San Diego. Charisma escaped unharmed, although two of her friends were shot and seriously injured when they fought back.
The police officer, Henry Hubbard Jr. He was sentenced to years in prison for several other rapes. The role of Delilah in The Faculty was written specifically for her, but she turned it down because it was too similar to her Buffy the Vampire Slayer character, Cordelia. Appears on the June cover of Playboy with a 10 page layout inside.
The scars her character Cordelia got after a fall in Buffy are actually real. As a young child, she fell into a swimming pool that was under construction at her home, and was run through by a piece of rebar. After starring in Buffy the Vampire Slayer , Angel , and guest-starring in episodes of Charmed , she has become the face of supernatural dramas on The WB. Her character, Cordelia Chase, whom she had played for years on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel , was killed off in the landmark th episode of Angel It was her final appearance on the series, with the exception of archival footage.
Her characters on both Angel and Charmed could see into the future. In fact, it was their friendship that prompted her to play Kira on Charmed She has two half brothers, Troy and Kenny. She speaks Spanish; however, she states that she's not fluent, despite being of Mexican ancestry and spending time living in Mexico as a child. A fitness enthusiast, her outdoor interests include roller blading, rock climbing, hiking and sky diving.
Has studied classical ballet since the age of 5, and pursued dancing as part of her high school curriculum, by commuting between Mexico and San Diego to take lessons at the School of Creative and Performing Arts. Was discovered by a commercial agent while working as a waitress in Los Angeles to save for her college education.
Attended high school in Las Vegas with Kamar de los Reyes. She was a freshman when he was a junior. Montreal, filming the Lifetime movie "White Silhouette" the title may be changed to Flirting with Danger After graduating she traveled throughout Europe, then went on to college.
She was named after an Avon perfume. In she was picked to be a cheerleader for the San Diego Chargers football team. The next year she moved to Los Angeles to break into the entertainment business.
She worked as an aerobics instructor and in property management. If I can't love a project, then I'm not interested. Initially I was disappointed, but while I didn't see it at the time, I know now I'm better suited to Cordelia.
Moving from "Buffy" to [ Angel ] was great for me. On "Buffy" I wasn't all that high on the totem pole as far as responsibility and screen time. That all changed when I joined [ David Boreanaz ] in "Angel". The whole thing has been such a buzz. I'm a mixed breed and hope to live longer because of it. I don't really see myself being a sex symbol at all. I think essentially the meaning of life is probably the journey and not really any one thing or an outcome or a result.
I think it's kinda the process and I think that if you can find happiness in the process then maybe that's it. I just feel really in love with life and the life I've created with my family. So it works for me. Well, I can tell you what my goals are.
I have a son now, so I want the half-hour sitcom lifestyle, where you can have a family and work. And then, during summer hiatus, I'd like to do a Kill Bill: You can take the girl out of Vegas, but you can't take the Vegas out of the girl.
But my agent put it to me quite frankly, that you have to be known before you can be typecast. My mom owned a retail store, so I had these hot satin pants. I was like Satan at my all-Christian school. My manager was like, "It's the best name in prime time. I wanted to feel desirable and sexy. So I thought, "What if I went full throttle? It's about baring your soul.
It's about finding joy, liberation, and warmth. I'm a very shy person, and I really came out of my shell during the shoot. At first, I was very nervous since I had only given birth less then a year before and just recently lost most of the weight I put on during my pregnancy.
I insisted that my husband be present for the shoot so I would feel more comfortable in front the photographer and crew. By the time the two-day shoot was over, I was so relaxed and comfortable with displaying my nude body on the set that my husband was saying, "Honey, they're not shooting now.
You can put your robe back on.