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Born and raised in San Diego, California, Carly comes from a large Italian-Irish family that includes two professional baseball players: her father, Rocky Craig, a scout for the Seattle Mariners; and younger brother, Casey Craig. Her mother, Marzalie Craig, is a flight attendant for American Airlines. She has one sister and two brothers, and is the step-sister of entertainer Mandy Moore.
Craig studied drama at The Stella Adler Academy, but after a conversation with Dan Aykroyd, she began to study at Second City, where she later graduated. She met famed manager Bernie Brillstein while waiting tables and decided to put on a comedy show with her classmates. Brillstein came to that show and soon after, signed her as a client. Director David Wain cast Craig in Role Models as the love interest for Seann William Scott. Other projects would include Mike Leigh's critically lauded live show Ecstasy, Neil LaBute's Bash, independent feature film Star Sucker with Tom Arnold, Rob Corddry's web series Childrens Hospital, National Lampoon's Bag Boy, The Heartbreak Kid, Hall Pass, Three Stooges, and Stephen Merchant's HBO series Hello Ladies.
Craig was listed as a "Vanities Girl" for the April 2011 edition of Vanity Fair along with Kristen Bell, Leslie Mann and Mila Kunis, and was also ranked #83 on the "Maxim Hot 100 List" in 2011. She has appeared in Esquire. Craig appeared in Kevin Farley's film Paranormal Movie in 2013.
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