Thursday, August 20, 2009

What Did Carla Gallo Do to Judd Apatow?

By now, the whole Judd Apatow phenomenon has been thoroughly covered. Back in the day, he wrote jokes for some prominent standup comedians; he had a string of critically hailed but low-rated TV series in the '90s; then he finally made a name for himself with The 40-Year-Old Virgin and has since produced, written and directed several hit comedies per year. And he's taken a lot of people with him - a stable of talented writers and performers he accumulated during the difficult years.

And then there's Carla Gallo.

Gallo co-starred in Apatow's Fox series "Undeclared," which followed the experiences of a group of incoming college freshman. She played the unrequited love interest of the central character played by Jay Baruchel.

Baruchel has since shown up in memorable roles in several Apatow productions. Other people from "Undeclared" who have also filled out Apatow casts:

Loudon Wainwright III
Jenna Fischer
Jason Segal
Seth Rogen

Apatow even helped the latter two write and star in their own projects.

Looking at Apatow's previous series "Freaks and Geeks," you find even more performers he's been loyal to over the years: Samm Levine, David Krumholtz, Martin Starr, James Franco, and several more.

So, how has the lovely and talented Carla Gallo benefited from her association with Judd Apatow?

In The 40-Year-Old Virgin, she had the honor of playing a character who sucks Steve Carell's toes, and then gets kicked in the face by him. In Superbad, she played a character called Period Blood Girl (if you haven't seen the movie, you can imagine what that implies). In Forgetting Sarah Marshall, she played Gag Me Girl - a character who was so annoyingly talkative during sex that the only solution was to put a gag in her mouth.

This downward spiral of short-screen-time/low-self-esteem characters has led inexorably to a role as a porn star on the Showtime series "Californication." Though not an Apatow production, I cite her character in "Californication" as the inevitable result of a career trajectory masterminded by Judd Apatow.

Judd, what did this poor girl do to you?! Kill your cat or something? Please, I'm begging you -- do her and the rest of us a favor and give her a decent role in your next movie. Perhaps one that has a name, and doesn't exist solely as the punchline to an embarrassing sex joke. She deserves better.


  1. Wow, that's shitty! Nice detective work though.

  2. She wasn't TOO sad in Undeclared. Just a little neurotic.

  3. btw she's great in Carnivale (the TV series) you should check it out!

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