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05 May 2009 @ 11:27 am
Photo Op: Surrendering to Desire with Carla Gugino  
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Broadway.com did a photo series with Carla while she gets ready for her role as Abbie in "Desire Under the Elms".

Take a look under the cut to see the pictures:

Photo Op: Surrendering to Desire with Carla Gugino
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Carla Gugino, the luminous star of Desire Under the Elms arrives at the St. James Theatre. The actress shakes the rain out of her hair and prepares for her performance in the challenging Eugene O’Neill tragedy. Gugino heads to the stage for a “fight call”
(rehearsal of a combative scene).
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She stops for a word with stage manager Robert Bennett before taking her place on the stage. Let the passion begin: Carla and Pablo Schreiber have a… …scorching onstage love-hate relationship.
(Offstage, they are pals.)
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Here’s a glimpse at Gugino’s well-worn script of the 1924 tragedy, which is set in 1850 New England and features a difficult dialect. Back in her dressing room, the actress starts getting ready to play Abbie Putnam, a character she finds “brutal and tricky and complex.” The butterfly tattoo on her ankle disappears
with a liberal coat of body makeup.
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Abbie, a young widow, is not the most… …refined woman, so Carla fittingly
applies a generous amount of makeup.
As Gugino, a former model, puts on her face,
hair supervisor Justen Brosnan preps her for her wig.
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Abbie is an extremely sensual character… …and she is also quite vibrant—from her unkempt curls… …right down to her purple boots.
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Her bright costume and painted face are the only real spot of color in Elms’ lifeless landscape as inhabited by the hardscrabble (all-male) Cabot family. Lifeless or not, Abbie stakes her claim on the farm early on in the play… ''It's purty—purty! I can't b'lieve it's r'ally mine,''she exclaims about the property.
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With her smoldering looks, it’s easy to see why
old Ephraim Cabot (played by Brian Dennehy)…
…and his son Eben (played by Pablo Schreiber) find her compelling. Gugino has said what attracted her to the role of Abbie is…
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…that it allows her to let “go of control in a controlled environment.” (Here she puts on Abbie’s hat with the help of dresser Kathleen Gallagher.) Marrying Ephraim (see the fake wedding ring) gives Abbie a chance to have a real home, which is clearly her heart’s desire. Abbie may be poor (note the holes in her stockings) and desperate, but she gussies herself up as best she can.
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Carla is not in the long first scene of the play, so she has ample time to get ready. She has to prepare both physically and mentally for the emotional rollercoaster of her character. “Anything worth its salt requires taking a bold jump into the unknown,” Gugino has said about the role.
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Places are called, and Gugino looks as ready as ever to take that leap.

Source: Broadway.com

jannevuojannevuo on May 5th, 2009 12:44 pm (UTC)
Great story, thanks for sharing :).
It's interesting to see all the preparations
she goes through before she hits the stage.

I look like a wedding cake: Martha - bad start to a bad daypageup on May 5th, 2009 04:36 pm (UTC)
I really love behind the scenes/backstage photo essays like this, and gosh she is so very pretty.
Nina: carla: redmakeslashnotwar on May 5th, 2009 06:31 pm (UTC)
Thanks for posting this!

awww damn, she is so gorgeous. <3
Snarctastic & Brutally Honest: CarlaCsunkrux on May 5th, 2009 07:31 pm (UTC)
I love stuff like this. Reminds me of my college days. Thanks for sharing. :D
ellegirly on May 5th, 2009 11:00 pm (UTC)
I love this sooooo much thanks :)
gemma.gemmi_joo on May 6th, 2009 05:06 am (UTC)
She looks so pretty! I love seeing the process behind the makings of a character.
Manic Pixie Dream Dissident: And it feels like lovesuspiriorum on May 7th, 2009 09:46 pm (UTC)
I love seeing behind-the-scenes of plays and films, but I'd be a bundle of nerves if I were Carla preparing backstage to perform in front of a live audience.