Born in Sarasota, Florida, on 29 August 1971, she worked as a teenage fashion model before turning to acting. Through the 1980s and 90s she apppeared on numerous TV shows such as The Wonder Years, Spin City and Chicago Hope. There were many character roles in movies over the same period, until she started grabbing the leads as the new millennium dawned. She appeared as matriarch Ingrid Cortez in 2001 for the first of three times in the Spy Kids trilogy.
She liked working with their director Robert Rodriguez so much that she turned down the lead opposite Vin Diesel in The Pacifier to take a small part in Rodriguez's 2005 hit Sin City. The skintastic part has since become one of her most memorable roles. Carla showed she has an awesome body in the movie and she has not been afraid to show it, happily appearing nude in a bunch of movies through her career. The latter shows no sign of slowing neither on the big or small screen as she enters the ranks of Hollywood's hottest MILFs.