Carla BriggsPlayed by Amber Valletta
As the wife of an oil tycoon, Carla brings a sophistication and worldliness to the oil fields, and is every bit Hap’s equal in building the family’s legacy.
Amber Valletta is a fashion icon, actress, and humanitarian. Raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Valletta rose to supermodel fame as a teenager when she signed with a local modeling agency.
Later, Valletta moved to Paris and became one of the most in-demand models and faces of the time. In the early nineties, Valletta cut her hair short, which inspired a new era in fashion called the “waif.” With her trend-setting look, Valletta graced the cover of American Vogue. In addition to numerous Vogue covers, she has also appeared on the covers of Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Allure, I-D, LOVE, Pop and W magazine. Valletta is one of the only models to have ever been featured on the cover of Time.
Valletta has worked with the most prestigious companies, photographers and designers in the industry. She has appeared in major advertising campaigns and runway shows that include Versace, Calvin Klein, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Valentino, Dior, Prada, Gucci, Tom Ford, David Yurman, Elizabeth Arden, Biotherm, Tiffany and Marks & Spencer.
As a versatile and notable actress, Valletta has had a successful career in television and film. She recently started as the devious Lydia in ABC’s hit television show, Revenge, opposite Madeleine Stowe. Valletta is known, and often recognized as the lovable Allegra Cole in the blockbuster Hitch, with Will Smith and Kevin James. She has also co-starred in the edgy hits Transporter 2 and Gamer. In the family comedy The Spy Next Door, she starred opposite Jackie Chan. Her films have grossed over $1.1 billion in worldwide box office.
Valletta is also known for her humanitarian efforts. The roots of her desire to give back were formed as a young girl growing up in Oklahoma. Her mother, a single mom, instilled in her the value of “service to your community.” Her commitment in this area is evident through her work on the Leadership Council of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Oceana, International Foundation for Animal Welfare (IFAW), Big Brothers and Big Sisters, and Friendly House.
Valletta is currently working on a new business venture called Master & Muse by Amber Valletta – a socially responsible fashion and lifestyle brand. Valetta resides in Los Angeles.