), is an American actress and singer who obtained her first big break as a regular on the daytime soap opera General Hospital.
She played Cassandra Wong in the feature films Wayne's World and Wayne's World 2; Juno Skinner in True Lies; Nani Pelekai in Lilo & Stitch, its sequel films and Lilo & Stitch: The Series; Queen Tyr'ahnee in Duck Dodgers; Richard Lewis' girlfriend, Cha Cha, in Curb Your Enthusiasm; and starred as Sydney Fox in the television series Relic Hunter.
She participated as a contestant on the popular reality show Dancing with the Stars, and eventually placed sixth overall.
She appeared as a contestant in the second season of Dancing with the Stars and the fifth season of The Celebrity Apprentice.
Although she was eliminated during the first round of her 1985 Star Search appearance at the age of 17, she was spotted by a local producer while shopping at a Waikiki grocery store and was cast in the movie Aloha Summer, which he produced and had a cameo.
In 1992, People named her to its annual "50 most beautiful people" list.
Other roles in prominent films include the parts of smuggler Juno Skinner in True Lies, a 1994 Arnold Schwarzenegger action film; a mixed African-Japanese computer expert in Rising Sun, a thriller written for the screen by Michael Crichton, starring Sean Connery and Wesley Snipes; robber Gina Walker in The Immortals in 1995; and secretary Victoria Chappell in High School High, a 1996 parody.
She also starred as Ari, a space marine turned pirate, in the 1995 adventure/puzzle game The Daedalus Encounter.
She also starred as the evil witch/queen in the 1997 Universal Films picture Kull the Conqueror, co-starring versus Kevin Sorbo, and starred in late '90s M&M's commercials as herself.Carrere posed nude for the January 2003 issue of Playboy.The photos were republished in the German December 2006 issue of the magazine.The album was nominated for a 2008 Grammy Award under the category Best Hawaiian Music Album.In 2009, she acted as co-host for the pre-Grammy Awards telecast online event alongside Wayne Brady.Her character was dropped after one episode, and was never mentioned again.