Spanking the Monkey
American actress Carla Gallo made a promising debut in David O. Russell's indie film “Spanking the Monkey” (1994), where she picked up an Independent Spirit nomination for her supporting role as Toni Peck. Since then she has acted in a number of films, including appearances in Judd Apatow's movies like “The 40 Year Old Virgin” (2005), “Superbad” (2007), “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” (2008), “Funny People” (2009) and “Get Him to the Greek” (2010). Other films she has acted in include Nancy Savoca's “The 24 Hour Woman” (1999), Ken Kwapis' “Sexual Life” (2005), J.J. Abrams' “Mission: Impossible III” (2006), “The Slammin' Salmon” (2009), John Hamburg's “I Love You, Man” (2009), Rodrigo García Barcha's “Mother and Child” (2009) and Edoardo Ponti's “Coming & Going” (2011). On the small screen, Gallo is known for playing regular roles in Fox's “Undeclared” (2001-2002) and HBO's “Carnivàle” (2003-2005) as well as recurring roles in Showtime's “Californication” (2008-2009), Fox's “Bones” (2008-2010) and TNT's “Men of a Certain Age” (2009).
Gallo was romantically involved with fellow “Carnivàle” actor Nick Stahl from 2003 to 2005.
Childhood and Family:
Gallo was born on June 24, 1975, in Brooklyn, New York. She graduated from Fiorello H LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and the Performing Arts in New York , New York and then went on to receive a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Theater from Cornell University in Ithaca , New York.
Carla Gallo made her professional acting debut in the independent film “Spanking the Monkey” (1994), which was written and directed by David O. Russell and starred Jeremy Davies and Alberta Watson. Playing Toni Peck, she was nominated for a 1995 Independent Spirit Award in the category of Best Supporting Female. She returned five years later with a small part in Nancy Savoca's film, “The 24 Hour Woman” (1999), starring Rosie Perez. The same year, Gallo also made her television acting debut in an episode of the NBC hit legal drama “Law & Order.”
Entering the new millennium, Gallo landed a spot on the popular NBC medical series “ER.” She played Emma Miller in the episode “Flight of Fancy,” which broadcast on November 9, 2000. Her first television big break arrived when Gallo got the regular role of Lizzie Exley, Steven's neurotic, highly enthusiastic floor mate and eventual girlfriend, on the Fox college set sitcom “Undeclared,” opposite Jay Baruchel, Charlie Hunnam, Monica Keena, Seth Rogen, Timm Sharp and Loudon Wainwright. The show ran for a season of 17 episodes from September 25, 2001 to March 12, 2002.
In 2002, Gallo had a small role in the drama/romance film “The Gray in Between,” which was directed and written by and starred Joshua Rofé. In the following year, Gallo revisited series television as a regular on the HBO Emmy Award winning drama series “Carnivàle,” craeted by Daniel Knauf. She played the Dreifuss daughter, Libby, throughout the show's two seasons run between September 2003 and March 2005. Co-stars in the series included Michael J. Anderson, Adrienne Barbeau, Clancy Brown, Debra Christofferson, Tim DeKay, Clea DuVall and Cynthia Ettinger, among others.
In 2005, Gallo co-starred with Azura Skye, Anne Heche, Elizabeth Banks, Tom Everett Scott and Steven Weber in “Sexual Life,” a comedy/drama film written and helmed by Ken Kwapis, and was featured as toe-sucking girl in the Judd Apatow comedy film “The 40 Year Old Virgin,” starring Steve Carell as the eponymous character. The latter film earned overwhelmingly positive reviews from critics and was a huge success at the box office. “The 40 Year Old Virgin” grossed over $109 domestically and over $67 million internationally for a worldwide total of more than $177 million, making it the 25th highest grossing film globally and the 19th in the United States that year.
Gallo next had a small but memorable role as Beth on the Tom Cruise hit action movie sequel “Mission: Impossible III” (2006), directed by J.J. Abrams. The same year, she also appeared as Brenda in an episode of ABC's “What About Brian” called “Sex, Lies and Videotape.” Gallo went on to guest star in NBC's “Crossing Jordan” (2007), Fox's “House M.D.” (2007) and CBS's “NCIS” (2008). She also landed recurring roles as Daisy in Showtime's “Californication,” which she played from 2008 to 2009, and as Daisy Wick on the Fox hit “Bones,” which she played between 2008 and 2010.
Between 2007 and 2008, Gallo also worked in several films. She was cast as period blood girl in the hit comedy film “Superbad” (2007), which was produced by Judd Apatow, directed by Greg Mottola and starred Jonah Hill and Michael Cera, starred as Darby Reynolds in the short film “I Heart Veronica Martin” (2008), by Sarah Howard, had a small role in Judd Apatow's hit “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” (2008), starring Jason Segel, Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis and Russell Brand, and co-starred with Jesse Metcalfe, Kiele Sanchez, Peter Stormare, Kevin Sussman and Olivia Munn in the direct to video psychological horror film “Insanitarium” (2008).
Gallo next appeared in the made for television film “The Station” (2009), directed by Ben Stiller, played a customer named Stacy in the Broke Lizard movie “The Slammin' Salmon” (2009), was cast as Zooey's friend in “I Love You, Man” (2009), a comedy film directed by John Hamburg and starring Paul Rudd, Jason Segel and Rashida Jones, reunited with Judd Apatow in the comedy film “Funny People” (2009), starring Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen and Leslie Mann, and played the supporting role of Tracy in Rodrigo García Barcha's drama, “Mother and Child” (2009), starring Naomi Watts, Annette Bening, Kerry Washington, Jimmy Smits and Samuel L. Jackson. 2009 also saw the actress appear as Karen Ericson in two episodes of AMC's critically acclaimed series, “Mad Men,” and begin her recurring role as Annie in the TNT comedy/drama series “Men of a Certain Age,” starring Ray Romano, Andre Braugher and Scott Bakula. In 2010, Gallo was cast as a sexually rambunctious girl named Destiny in “Get Him to the Greek,” which reunited her with “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” team of actors Jonah Hill and Russell Brand, writer/director Nicholas Stoller and producer Judd Apatow.
Recently, in 2011, Gallo made guest appearances in the television series “Outsourced” (as Debbie) and “Traffic Light” (as Natasha). In addition, she starred with Maria Blasucci and Tony Hale in “Perfect,” a short film directed and written by Amie Steir, worked with Rhys Darby, Sasha Alexander and Fionnula Flanagan in the Edoardo Ponti directed comedy film “Coming & Going” and starred in the short “ The Last Pizza Commercial,” directed by Chris McKay and written by Rob O'Reilly.
Gallo has completed filming the short “The Rooster,” starring alongside Danny Masterson and Danny Strong, as well as the made for television film “Danni Lowinski” (2011), starring Amanda Walsh as the titular character. She is set to play Rhonda in the Cameron Crowe film “We Bought a Zoo,” opposite Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson and Thomas Haden Church. The comedy/drama film will be released in the United States on December 23, 2011.