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Charisma Carpenter
Charisma was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, where she lived until she was 15, when her family moved to Mexico. At 5 years old she studied classical ballet. She continued her dancing through high school, during which she travelled to take classes at the School of the Creative and Performing Arts. In 1991 she spent time as a cheerleader for the San Diego Chargers, which came in handy for her role as cheer queen Cordelia. Eventually, she moved to LA.

    She originally wanted to teach English, but someone noticed her and took her to meet a commercial agent, who introduced her to Playhouse West, where she spent 18 months. Her first real break was as a guest shot on Baywatch, and then as Ashley in the short-lived NBC series Malibu Shores. Then she auditioned for Buffy. For the role of Buffy.

    To her surprise, she was also asked to audition for Cordelia, which, obviously, she got. During Season 1 Cordelia behaves snootily towards Buffy, but in 'Prophecy Girl' she learnt the truth about Sunnydale, and from then on joins Buffy and the Slayerettes fighting the evil of the Hellmouth.