Carla Gugino attended the special screening of “Dear Evan Hansen” which took place yesterday in New York. Enjoy the 3 HQ photos we added to the site.
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Carla Gugino catches up with Kyle Meredith to talk about her new Netflix film, Gunpowder Milkshake. We hear all about making a visually fantastic film, incorporating famous authors into the story, and having Janis Joplin’s version of Piece of My Heart soundtracking one of her fight scenes. The Haunting of Hill House actress goes on to tell us about the music that influenced her early years, which includes The Cure, Oingo Boingo, Liz Phair, and her recent favorites like Lana Del Rey and Courtney Barnett. Gugino also discusses the brilliance of David Bowie, the new Sparks documentary, and her friendship with Jenny Lewis, who she starred with in 1989’s Troop Beverly Hills.
Listen to the audio interview on wfpk.org and watch the video below:
If you’re a fan of Netflix then you probably know Carla Gugino from such shows as The Haunting of Hill House and The Haunting of Bly Manor. She killed it then, making these unique characters her own, and she’s now killed it in her all new movie Gunpowder Milkshake, starring herself, Karen Gillan, Lena Headey, Angela Bassett, Michelle Yeoh, and so many other talent actors.
We got a chance to speak with Carla Gugino about her time on Gunpowder Milkshake, how it was working with so many talented women, and what she hopes people take away from this action packed movie. We also got an opportunity to talk to her about that epic battle with the tomahawk and what Michelle Yeoh’s character said to her right before it. So, dive in, enjoy, and let us know what you thought of her character!
Fangirlish: How was it working with so many talented and badass women in Gunpowder Milkshake?
Carla Gugino: You know, it was extraordinary experience. It was…what’s so cool is that when you have that many women together in one space, who’ve been doing this as long as we’ve all been doing this, and who love what they do, it was immediately easeful. We were immediately all on the same page. It was…there was sort of no egos involved. There was a lot of fun to be had. And yet the work was taken seriously.
Male or female aside, you just never know if work ethics will be in line or if the way that people like to be on set, any of those things. We’re all such individuals and who knows. But this was immediately really easeful and playful and exciting. Also, we came into it while being big appreciators of each other’s work. And none of us had actually worked together before.
So, it’s rare for me having been acting the majority of my life, to come to a set where I haven’t actually filmed with any of these people. And yet, we felt like we had know each other. Plus, I’ve been fans of their work for a long time. So it was really easeful.
Fangirlish: Your character had a battle with a tomahawk and it looked amazing. How much training did you have to do? Did you do your own stunts?
Carla Gugino: I would say that I ended up doing about 95% of that. We might not even have had to…I had a wonderful stunt person by the way. But we might not have had to use any of it. Or if it was, it was one shot. But mostly I did it. And that was also thanks to Laurent Demianoff and Sébastien Peres who were our stunt coordinators and were phenomenal, who also did Lucy amongst a bunch of other movies.
Carla Gugino may have done a lot of action work in two of her latest projects — the series “Jett” (now on HBO Max) and the Netflix movie “Gunpowder Milkshake” — but she’s happy to report that she made it through both productions uninjured. But a day off from filming the upcoming “Leopard Skin” in the Dominican Republic earlier this year proved catastrophic.
“I went on this amazing hike and I was coming down a hill and I broke my wrist really badly,” Gugino tells me from her home in New York City. “I broke all the bones all the way across and then had a bunch of complications because I had to have a bonesetter on. It made me look like RoboCop, but it was a massive metal thing that was literally drilled into my bones that I had to have on for seven weeks. Then it didn’t heal because the bone was pulled too far apart, so I had to have a second surgery seven weeks ago. I now am bionic.”
A young teen trying to survive Shelley Long’s flamboyant, adventurous Phyllis Nefler in the hit comedy Troop Beverly Hills, joining Robert Rodriguez’s Spy Kids franchise in a mother’s role at just 27 years old to the being the mother who will do anything to save her daughter alongside Dwayne Johnson in San Andreas, along with a solid line up of cult classics, Sin City to Sucker Punch and Watchmen—Carla Gugino has graced over a hundred films, television series, and the theater stage.
The wide array of roles we’ve seen the incredibly talented Gugino step into are just the beginning of our long admiration for her as an actress. There’s a grounded gracefulness to Gugino while on the set for Composure’s cover shoot, and through each look, her inner beauty radiates. When speaking of her latest movie, Gunpowder Milkshake,we can sense a sharp intellect that makes one realize this is a crucial part of what carried her through such a wonderfully successful career that spans over three decades.
Going more into the work of Gugino, we asked what attracts her to specific roles: “I inevitably feel attracted to whatever is the opposite of what I’ve just done! At first, I confused people doing Tennessee Williams on stage, playing the Mom in Spy Kids, when I was too young for the part, and following that up playing the lesbian parole officer in Sin City, etc.,” she shares with us. “One of the perks of having acted most of my life and wanting to keep surprising and pushing myself is that now it is being recognized as a body of work. I’ve always been interested in being a shapeshifter.”
When Carla Gugino walks into a room, it takes all of 10 seconds to understand why she is successful.
There’s the long-standing career, the seamless transition from teenage star to Hollywood staple, the somewhat still-private life she’s managed to maintain, and the slam-dunk: the fact that she is noticeably personable and kind.
“I’m so sorry I’m late!” the 49-year-old, who is currently getting buzz for her role in Netflix’s Gunpowder Milkshake female-fueled action movie, says, as she’s approximately all of under 10 seconds late and simultaneously offering to order—and pay for—some iced coffee and treats for everyone on set.
Dressed in a cream peasant top, jean shorts, stacked necklaces, with hair pulled back and sans makeup, Gugino could easily pass for a 20-something walking down the unrelenting New York streets on this blistering hot and humid summer day (like a true pro and Florida native, she says the 92-degree temperature doesn’t bother her, but does offer to go as close to the air-conditioning as possible post-makeup in fear being outside might ruin the glam squad’s work)—but that’s not who she wants to be.
“The thing that comes to mind with this birthday is that I am halfway through my time on this planet, if I have a long life,” she shares with me later, on the eve of her 50th birthday. “That is a surreal thing to acknowledge—it’s also incredibly freeing.”