The scene of the discovery was a supermarket. An elderly couple approached her. "Darling, you're gorgeous!" they told her. "You should meet our son who's producing a movie." Carrere smiles at this recollection of how she came to be cast in Aloha Summer, a low-budget film that had trouble finding a distributor.
Carrere remains grateful for that opportunity. "I was very lucky. I had just graduated from high school and I didn't have any plans for the future. I don't think I even applied to college. But I love to sing. So I just figured that I was going to sing or something."
Aloha Summer armed Carrere with a Screen Actors Guild card. That was enough to encourage her to leave her family and Oahu for the brighter lights of Hollywood.
"She was very determined," says her mother, Audrey, a computer supervisor at a Honolulu bank, "though I was kind of leery because of her age." PAGE 3