Actress Charisma Carpenter was born July 23, 1970 in Las Vegas. Her family moved to Mexico before moving to San Diego, where Charisma went to high school. After school, she traveled Europe before returning to San Diego and working a number of odd jobs. In 1991, she became a cheerleader for the San Diego Chargers.
A year later, Charisma moved to Los Angeles, where she was waiting tables to earn money for school when an agent discovered her. She did commercial work and in 1994 landed a guest spot on Baywatch. She then landed a leading role on Aaron Spelling’s short-lived soap opera Malibu Shores.
In 1996, Charisma was cast as popular high school student Cordelia Chase on the TV hit series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She starred on Buffy for three seasons before taking her Cordelia Chase character to lead the spin-off show Angel. The series ran through 2004, when Charisma appeared in a recurring guest role on Charmed and did a nude pictorial for Playboy.
“I did Playboy for a very specific reason,” Charisma told People. “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 pounds 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’s TV work continued with recurring roles on Veronica Mars, Greek and The Lying Game as well as guest spots on CSI, Blue Bloods, and Sons of Anarchy. She has also starred on the big screen as Lacy in the Expendables series as well as Psychosis, Crash Site, and Bound. A survivor of a vicious attack herself, she began hosting the Investigation Discovery show Surviving Evil.
In addition to her screen work, Charisma has made Askmen.com’s list of Most Desirable Women. She was married to Damian Hardy from 2002 to 2008, and the couple has a son, Donovan, born in 2007.