Who is Carly Pope?
If you’re a fan of the fantasy action drama series “The Collector”, you are certainly familiar with the character of Maya Kandinski, a 22-year old prostitute and junkie, who later becomes protected by Morgan. If you ever wanted to know more about the actress who portrayed Maya, let us introduce you to Carly Pope.
She was born under the zodiac sign of Virgo on 28 August 1980, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; her nationality is Canadian, although she has both Canadian and Italian citizenship, and she comes from a family of Serbian, Irish and Italian descent. Besides her mentioned role, Carly has over 90 acting credits to her name, and is also a writer and producer.
Early life, family, and education
Carly was raised in Vancouver, by her parents Kathleen and Dale Pope; once she spoke about her childhood saying: ‘I grew up in Point Grey but there’s something about the East Side… it’s a little more dynamic. We always spent a lot of time out there when I was growing up, too. My mom is Italian so we had that connection. My heart is in East Vancouver.’
She has two brothers, the younger Alexander, and older Kris who is also an actor, perhaps known best for his role in the series “Dark Angel”.
Carly was a passionate dancer from an early age, and trained to dance as a child, which lead to her love for performing and acting. So during her high school days, she started acting with the school’s drama club, in classic plays such as “The Odd Couple” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”.
She attended Lord Byng High School, and upon matriculating in 1998, enrolled at the University of British Columbia, however, she studied for just one semester, then dropped out of college to pursued her acting career.
Roles in movies
Carly made her acting debut in the short movie “A Girl’s Guide to Kissing and other Nightmares in Teenland”, in 1996, and then two years later she was seen as a Cheerleader in “I’ve Been Waiting for You”, which was her debut in an American production movie, and after that, she portrayed Abbey in “Disturbing Behavior”, followed in 1999 by her role as Mari Ferraez in the TV movie “Our Guys: Outrage at Glen Ridge”.
In the following year, Carly appeared in “Snow Day”, “Finder’s Fee”, “The Glass House”, and “Orange County” before starring in “Various Positions”, alongside L. Harvey Gold and Tygh Runyan in 2002.
In the mystery thriller “Nemesis Game”, written and directed by Jesse Warn, Carly was cast to play Sara Novak, followed by her roles in numerous TV movies, before she was seen in “White Coats” and “Everyone” in 2004, and was then cast to play Candy in “The Hamster Cage”, which brought her the Vancouver International Film Festival Women in Film Award in 2005.
In the same year, Carly was seen in “Eighteen”, “Two for the Money”, “Recipe for a Perfect Christmas”, and “Sandra Gets Dumped” – her portrayal of Sandra brought her the Leo Award for Best Performance by a Female in a Short Drama.
In 2007, she portrayed Shulamith in the comedy drama “Itty Bitty Titty Committee”, which had nine award nominations and won seven, including the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Award Outstanding Film – Limited Release.
In the same year, Carly was cast to play Kris in “YPF” (original title “Young People Fu**ing”) which brought her the Canadian Comedy Award for Best Performance by a Female – Film, and then in the following year, Carly was seen in “Say Goodnight”, “Toronto Stories”, “Stuntman”, and “Concrete Blondes”.
In the next decade, the audience enjoyed her starring in “Ambushed” in 2013, “This Last Lonely Place” in ’14, “Poor Richard’s Almanack” in ’16, and “Do Unto Others” in ’18.
Carly’s most recent movie roles were in such as “The Lost Husband” in 2020, and “Demonic” in 2021, while her fans will be happy to hear that she will be seen in two new movies, entitled “The Mental State” and “Easter Sunday”, which are currently in post-production in mid-2022.
Roles in series
Carly made her first television appearance portraying a Student in “The Wonderful World of Disney” in 1998, followed by her guest role in “Night Man”, before she was cast to play Sam McPherson in “Popular”, a romantic comedy drama series, which broadcast from 1999 until 2001; it had 16 award nominations, and five wins, with Carly being nominated for Teen Choice Award TV-Choice Actress in 2000.
In the following years, Carly had guest roles in several series, including “Kim Possible”, “The Mountain”, and “True Calling” before she was cast to play one of her most notable roles as Maya Kandinski in “The Collector”, which won her the Leo Award Dramatic Series: Best Supporting Performance by a Female for the episode “The Prosecutor” in 2004.
Two years later, Carly was seen as Laura Malloy in the TV mini-series “10.5: Apocalypse”, and then in 2007, she portrayed Garbo in “Dirt”, followed by her role as Annika in “Californication” before she was cast to play Samantha Roth in “24”, starring Kiefer Sutherland, Carlos Bernard and Mary Lynn Rajskub – this action crime drama had 207 award nominations and won 74, including 20 Primetime Emmys.
Pope started her career with several small roles, such as Disturbing Behavior, Snow Day, and Night Man, before being…
In 2010, Carly portrayed Lucinda Pearl in “Outlaw”, and then in 2013 she was seen as Vanessa Moreland in “Played” followed in the same year by her role as Morgan Burke in “The Tomorrow People”, and then as Alisha Maracle in “Republic of Doyle” in 2014.
Carly had a guest role in “Game of Silence” in 2016, before she was cast to play Tara Messer in “Suits”, followed by her role as Susan Williams in “Arrow”, and her portrayal of Karen in the 2017 TV mini-series “Cooking with Bill”.
In the following years, Carly was seen in an single episodes of the series “Blindspot” and “First Wives Club”, while her most recent television role was her portrayal of Lily Cross in “The Good Doctor”, also starring Freddie Highmore, Richard Schiff and Hill Harper in 2020, and the audience can enjoy her starring as Davie in “Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin”, which is currently airing in mid-2022.
Love life and relationships
There have been various rumors both concerning Carly’s love life and her sexual orientation, especially after her role in the movie “Itty Bitty Titty Committee”, which follows the story of a lesbian couple, however, it’s widely known that Carly has been in a few relationships with men.
From 2002 until 2003, she was dating Canadian actor Brendan Fehr, who’s perhaps known best for his role as Michael Guerin in the series “Roswell”.
After they broke up, she dated American actor Patrick John Flueger, known for his roles in movies such as “Footloose”, “Loaded”, and “Mother’s Day”, among others. Carly and Patrick dated from 2005 until 2008, and then in the following years, it seems that Carly decided to keep her love life a secret, since she hasn’t spoken about any man whom she has been with, and on her social media accounts, there isn’t any photo featuring her and any man with whom she could be romantically linked.
On 2 April 2022, the Canadian Sun-Times reported that Carly and her boyfriend, whose name isn’t revealed, were seen shopping for engagement rings, and after the news floated the internet, Carly’s spokesperson said ‘no comment’ when asked whether Carly was tying the knot.
Since Carly hasn’t confirmed the news about her engagement as of early 2022, it seems that she is in a relationship, hasn’t been married or engaged, and doesn’t have children.
Age, height, and net worth
This 41-year-old actress has brown hair and brown eyes; she weighs around 115lbs (53kgs) and is 5ft 6ins (1.68m) tall, with vital statistics of 34-24-33.
As of April 2022, her net worth has been estimated at $2 million, most of the income Carly has earned through her acting career.