“I realize that working on daytime is the best thing that could happen to me. I'm getting paid to basically go to school to work on my craft. That's something a lot of actors don't get to do.” Krissy Carlson
American actress, dancer and model Krissy Carlson is probably best known for her portrayal of Amy Nielsen on the Aaron Spelling short-lived daytime drama “Sunset Beach” from 1997 to its cancellation in the late of 1999. She also played Renata in some episodes of MTV's “Undressed” (2000) and has had guest roles in a number of series, including “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Step by Step,” “Pacific Palisades” and “Ellen.” On the movie front, Carlson, whose idols include Marilyn Monroe, Michelle Pfeiffer and Susan Sarandon, more recently played Lauren in the festival-screened “Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon” (2006), which got limited theatrical release in the U.S . in early 2007. She also appeared in the movies “Nowhere to Go” and “Devil in the Flesh” (both 1998).
Carlson is now working as a cheerleader for The Portland LumberJax.
Carlson became a certified personal trainer in 2003. In her leisure time, she loves painting, dancing, surfing, horseback riding, hiking, swimming and snorkelling. Her favorite vacation spot is Maui. The blue-eyed beauty states she visit the place at least three times a year.
Childhood and Family:
Kristina “Krissy” Carlson was born on August 10, 1979, in Covina, California. She grew up in La Verne, CA, with his parents Jan and Robert and two older siblings, Jenny and Tim, and attended an all-girls' Catholic School called St. Lucy's Priory High School. Upon graduating in 1996, Krissy enrolled at California State University in Northridge, but quit after a year. There, she became a cheerleader for the basketball team. Later, in 2005, she graduated from the University of Portland with a degree in communications.
Behind the Mask
Krissy Carlson, who once worked at gym and as a lifeguard at Raging Waters, was spotted by a talent scout in her sophomore year in high school and began modeling. She has appeared in television commercials for clients like Disneyland, Sprint, KFC, and Sierra Mist. In 1997, the blonde beauty became interested in acting and started taking lessons. Before long, she landed a series of guest spots in series like “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Step by Step,” “Pacific Palisades” and “Unhappily Ever After” (all 1997). On when she knew she wanted to become an actress, she said, “I knew the day I took my first acting class. I really didn't know before then. I just started taking classes to see if I was interested in it, and I fell in love from the very first class and I just knew this is what I wanted to do.”
Her first major role came at the end of the year when Carlson won the role of Amy Nielsen in the daytime series “Sunset Beach,” produced by Aaron Spelling. Originally, she was auditioned for a role in Spelling's show, “Beverly Hills 90210,” but the executive producer felt she was too young for the prime time series and instead gave her the role on “Sunset Beach.” Carlson was contracted for eight episodes, but her convincing performance soon made her the part of the cast. She remained with the show until December 31, 1999, when it departed the airwaves.
While working on “Sunset Beach,” Carlson kept on herself busy pursuing other projects. She was featured in the independent film “Nowhere to Go” (1998), opposite Tricia Vessey, Carroll Baker and John Shea and Jacob Smith, supported Rose McGowan and Alex McArthur in Steve Cohen's crime/thriller, “Devil in the Flesh” (1998), and made guest appearance in an episode of “Ellen” (also 1998).
Upon the cancellation of “Sunset Beach,” Carlson joined the cast of MTV's “Undressed” in the Season 3 in 2000, playing Renata. She left the show after making some episodes, and returned to TV in the summer of 2002, when she and her parents appeared in an episode of the reality show “Meet My Folks.” The same year, she also starred in a movie titled “5A,” but it subsequently went to shelves. Her new film, “Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon” (2006), was shown on several film festivals, including the Toronto After Dark Film Festival in Canada, the Dublin Horrorthon Film Festival in Ireland, the Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival in Netherlands, the Festival Internacional de Cinema de Catalunya in Spain and the Screamfest Film Festival in the U.S. On March 16, 2007, the Scott Glosserman-helmed comedy received limited theatrical release in America.
In addition to acting, Carlson also has been dancing professionally throughout the years. While a student at Northridge, she was a cheerleader for the basketball team, and in 1997, she cheered for Anaheim Angels. During the season of 2000/2001, she became a cheerleader for the Los Angeles Extremes, and then joined the cheerleader team Blazer Dancers in August 2003, with which she stayed for a year. In 2005, she became a member of the Portland Lumberjax dance team named “the Jax Dancers.” The Lumberjax are a professional indoor Lacrosse team.