Carla Gallo began her career in the world of glamour in 1994, in the film ‘Spanking the Monkey’. She earned critical acclaim for her performance as Toni Peck and was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female. She landed her next role about five years later, when she was cast as a pantyhose victim in the 1999 comedy film ‘The 24 Hour Woman’. She made her TV debut in that year as well. In a season nine episode of NBC’s ‘Law & Order’, she portrayed a character named Janet Tuckman.
In 2000, she appeared in Adam Hammel and Keith J. Knight’s short film ‘The Fanatical Teachings of Julian Tau’. Later that year, she appeared in an episode of the NBC medical drama ‘ER’.
The first time she worked with the filmmaker and showrunner Judd Apatow was in his sitcom ‘Undeclared’ (2001-03). She was cast as Lizzie Exley, a highly enthusiastic, slightly neurotic friend and eventual love interest of the protagonist, Steven Karp (Jay Baruchel).
While the show aired for only one season before it was cancelled by Fox, it has since garnered a cult status. In 2002, she appeared in Joshua Rofé’s romance drama ‘The Gray in Between’. In the HBO series ‘Carnivàle’ (2003-05), she portrayed Libby Dreifuss, a free-spirited girl who becomes friends with Sofie (Clea DuVall).
She worked with Apatow again in the 2005 romantic comedy ‘The 40-Year-Old Virgin’, which also starred Steve Carell, Catherine Keener, and Paul Rudd. In 2006, she shared screen space with Tom Cruise in ‘Mission Impossible III’. Over the years, she has made guest appearances in shows like ‘House’, ‘NCIS’, ‘Outsourced’, ‘Traffic Light’, ‘2 Broke Girls’, ‘Burn Notice’, ‘Workaholics’, ‘Franklin & Bash’, ‘Anger Management’, ‘Rosewood’, and ‘Future Man’.
In the second and third seasons of Showtime’s comedy-drama series ‘Californication’, she essayed the character Daisy, who is a porn star and one of Charlie Runkle’s (Evan Handler) clients. Runkle, who is married, later has an affair with her.
In 2009, she appeared in two episodes of AMC’s period drama ‘Mad Men’. Gallo starred alongside Jonah Hill and Russell Brand in the 2010 comedy film ‘Get Him to the Greeks’. Produced by Apatow, the film serves as a spin-off sequel to ‘Forgetting Sarah Marshall’ (2008). She appeared in both the films but played two different minor characters.
She played the recurring role of Annie in several episodes of TNT’s comedy-drama series ‘Men of a Certain Age’ (2009-11). In 2011, she worked with Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson in Cameron Crowe’s family drama ‘We Bought a Zoo’. In the parody romance series ‘Burning Love’, she played Tamara P. in several episodes between 2012 and 2013. Gallo was featured in the YouTube web series ‘Blue’, portraying one of the supporting characters, Rose.
Gallo joined the cast of Fox’s police procedural comedy-drama television series ‘Bones’ in season four. She played Daisy Wick, one of the interchanging interns working under Emily Deschanel’s Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan. Her final appearance on the show was in the series finale, which aired on March 28, 2017.
Gallo received critical praise for her performance as Lindsay Ross in mystery comedy ‘Room for Rent’ (2017). She has appeared in both ‘Neighbors’ (2014) and ‘Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising’ (2016). In 2018, she portrayed Lucy Fisher in the biographical comedy ‘A Futile and Stupid Gesture’. She is set to star in Eli Gonda’s upcoming comedy film ‘Sid Is Dead.’
Family & Personal Life
Carla Gallo was born on June 24, 1975, in Brooklyn, New York, USA, to Mildred Josephine (Coiro) and Samuel Eugene Gallo. She is of Italian and German descent. After leaving high school, she enrolled at Cornell University, from where she earned her graduate degree in theatre arts.
Gallo married screenwriter Mark Satterthwaite in October 2017. She gave birth to their oldest daughter in the summer of 2014. In May 2017, their second daughter was born.