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Creator / Charisma Carpenter

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Actress born July 23, 1970 in Las Vegas, Nevada, best known as Cordelia Chase from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, as well as Jason Statham's girlfriend, Lacy, in The Expendables and its first sequel.

She also starred as Susan in the 2010 horror film Psychosis.


Tropes associated with her work:

  • Dark and Troubled Past: She and her friends were attacked by police officer/serial rapist Henry Hubbard Jr. but managed to fend him off. Carpenter retrieved some crucial evidence Hubbard left behind, i.e. his police-issue flashlight, leading to Hubbard's arrest and later conviction.
  • Dawson Casting: invoked
    • Not so much anymore, but she was playing mid-twenty-somethings into her mid-thirties. She was a full decade older than her character on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel.
    • She played 25-year-old Kendall on Veronica Mars at 34.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: invoked She had brownish hair with blonde highlights when she was cast as Cordelia - the same colour as her female co-stars Sarah Michelle Gellar and Alyson Hannigan. Hannigan went redhead while Carpenter went dark brown.
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  • Hide Your Pregnancy: invoked Initially on Angel - with long coats and lots of black helping it along. Eventually her character's secret pregnancy became a plot point. But notably after giving birth, Cordelia only appeared unconscious and from the shoulders up (as Charisma hadn't given birth yet).
  • The Red Stapler: invoked She's been told numerous times by fans that they named their daughters Cordelia in honour of her character.
  • Separated-at-Birth Casting: invoked Her role as Sutton and Emma's birth mother on The Lying Game was supposed to be a secret but everyone figured it out due to Carpenter's uncanny resemblance to Alexandra Chando.


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