Trivia
  • Became good friends with Susan Ward after both were turned down for the role of Maggie Cory on the soap Another World.
  • Was a cheerleader for the San Diego Chargers’ football team.
  • Named by her mother after an Avon perfume.
  • Auditioned for the role of Buffy on the TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but got the role of Cordelia after it was turned down by actress Bianca Lawson.
  • Gave birth to a healthy baby boy, Donovan Charles Hardy, at 9:50 PM on March 24th 2003 at Cedar Sinai hospital in Beverly Hills.
  • She’s Cherokee, Irish, Scottish, and Spanish on her mother’s side and French and German on her father’s side.
  • She held three state titles when she was thirteen years old and placed top five for a ballet routine at an international competition.
  • She tries to sign only personalized autographs so her signature cannot be sold on EBay or elsewhere. She also refuses to sign her MAXIM, FHM, or other revealing photos.
  • Her guest spot on Lifetime’s The Division as a young woman attacked by an undercover police officer eerily resembles a real life incident on August 15, 1991 in which Charisma, then 22, and two of her friends were attacked by an off-duty San Diego police officer and serial rapist in Torrey Pines State Beach in San Diego. Charisma escaped unharmed, although two of her friends were shot and seriously injured when they fought back. The police officer, Henry Hubbard Jr. was also shot in the attack, which led to his being identified and arrested. He was sentenced to 56-years in prison for several other rapes.
  • The role of Delilah in The Faculty was written specifically for her, but she turned it down because it was too similar to her Buffy the Vampire Slayer character, Cordelia.
  • Appeared on the June 2004 cover of Playboy with a 10 page layout inside.
  • The scars her character Cordelia got after a fall in Buffy are actually real. As a young child, she fell into a swimming pool that was under construction at her home, and was run through by a piece of rebar.
  • She is good friends with her See Jane Date co-star Holly Marie Combs. In fact, it was their friendship that prompted her to play Kira on Charmed.
  • She has two half brothers, Troy and Kenny.
  • Was in an unaired pilot called Like Cats & Dogs.
  • She speaks Spanish; however, she states that she’s not fluent, despite being of Mexican ancestry and spending time living in Mexico as a child.
  • A fitness enthusiast, her outdoor interests include roller blading, rock climbing, hiking and sky diving.
  • Has studied classical ballet since the age of 5, and pursued dancing as part of her high school curriculum, by commuting between Mexico and San Diego to take lessons at the School of Creative and Performing Arts.
  • Was discovered by a commercial agent while working as a waitress in Los Angeles to save for her college education.
  • Attended high school in Las Vegas with Kamar de los Reyes. She was a freshman when he was a junior.
  • Friends with David Boreanaz, Nicholas Brendon, Julie Benz and James Marsters.