SPY KIDS star Carla Gugino credits her parents' extreme lives for her acting talents because she bounced from poverty-stricken vagabond to socialite week in and week out.

The sexy actress' mother was a free-spirited gypsy who enjoyed the company of tramps and travellers on the road in California, while her father was a high-flier in Miami, Florida.

She says, "I had two very different lives as a child. I was exposed to a lot of very different things very early on.

"With that kind of upbringing, I was bound to be either schizophrenic or an actress."

31/03/2005 09:03