Piper Lisa Perabo (Pear-a-bow; born October 31, 1976) is an American stage, film and television actress. Since her breakthrough role in Coyote Ugly (2000), she has appeared in films such as Lost and Delirious (2001), Cheaper by the Dozen (2003), Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005), The Prestige (2006), Beverly Hills Chihuahua (2008), and Looper (2012). Since 2010, she has played Annie Walker on the USA Network series Covert Affairs, for which she has been nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress.
- 2 Career
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Filmography
- 5 Awards and nominations
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Perabo was born in Dallas, Texas, the daughter of Mary Charlotte (née Ulland), a physical therapist, and George William Perabo, a professor of poetry at Ocean County College. She is of English, German, Irish, and Norwegian descent; while her surname is sometimes described as Portuguese, it originates in Germany, where her paternal grandfather's family came from. She grew up in Toms River, New Jersey.
Perabo's parents named her after actress Piper Laurie. She is the eldest of three children with two brothers, Noah (born 1979) and Adam (born 1981). She graduated from Toms River High School North in 1994, and earned a bachelor's degree in theater from Honors Tutorial College at Ohio University in 1998. She also studied Latin, physics, and poetry in her final year.
Perabo was first noticed a year before she graduated from university. She was in New York City, visiting her then-boyfriend, and accompanied him to an audition. Casting director Denise Fitzgerald spotted her and asked her to read for a part. She was not cast, but when Fitzgerald found out that she didn't have any representation, she made phone calls on Perabo's behalf and found her an agent.
After graduating, Perabo moved to New York, where she worked as a waitress. She also studied acting at the La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club and had roles in various plays. She was cast in her first feature film just a month after moving to the city, Marc Levin's comedy Whiteboyz. In 2000, she was cast in The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle as FBI agent Karen Sympathy. Her next film role was in Coyote Ugly as Violet "Jersey" Sanford, for which she won an MTV Movie Award for Best Music Moment for "One Way or Another".
After the success of Coyote Ugly, Perabo made a conscious decision to move away from blockbusters and focus on independent films. In 2001, she starred in an independent Canadian drama called Lost and Delirious, playing a boarding school student who falls in love with a female classmate. The film was met with mixed reviews, but her performance was widely praised, with Loren King of the Chicago Tribune calling it her "breakout performance". Entertainment Weekly's Owen Gleiberman called her "an actress of glittering ferocity" and her performance "a geyser of emotion". Jim Lane of the Sacramento News & Review said that "Perabo is a revelation, wild and fiery – it's a breakthrough performance, astonishing in its fervency", and Roger Ebert praised her performance for its sincerity and "wonderful abandon and conviction".
The next year she starred as a French exchange student in the independent comedy Slap Her... She's French, which was shelved in North America for two years, then released under the new title She Gets What She Wants. The film was released under its original title in Europe. She had a role as the eldest Baker child, Nora, in Cheaper by the Dozen (2003), a role she reprised in the film's 2005 sequel. Her other films include The I Inside (2003), Perfect Opposites (2004), George and the Dragon (2004), The Cave (2005), Imagine Me & You (2005), Edison (2005), The Prestige (2006), and Beverly Hills Chihuahua (2008). She appeared as anutritionist on the Fox show House, in an episode entitled "Resignation".
In 2008, Perabo made her Off-Broadway debut in the Neil LaBute play Reasons to Be Pretty. As the play's run was coming to an end, she read the script for the USA Network television spy series Covert Affairs: "I was reading movie scripts and I wasn't finding anything that was really speaking to me and my agent suggested that I read [the Covert Affairs script]. And I hadn't thought about doing television, but when I read it, it kind of changed everything for me. She's such a powerful character, she's so smart, the action is so intense, and I really thought it would be fun to do." The following year, she was officially cast as CIA agentAnnie Walker, the lead character in Covert Affairs.
In August 2010, Perabo injured her knee filming an episode of Covert Affairs. After the finale of the first season it was announced that the second season would begin in summer of 2011. For her work on Covert Affairs, she received a nomination for the 2010 Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama. Perabo broke her leg the day before shooting finished for the second season finale of Covert Affairs.
In September 2012, Perabo had a supporting role in the time travel thriller Looper. In December 2012, she was cast as a recurring character on the sitcom Go On. Her character, Simone, is a former member of the support group that Matthew Perry's character is a member of, returning to the group and becoming a love interest of his. Perabo was originally scheduled to appear in three episodes, but her arc was increased to four. Perabo next has a starring role in the thriller Endangered, scheduled for release in 2013.
Perabo has been close friends with actress Lena Headey since they starred together in the 2005 films The Cave and Imagine Me & You. She speaks fluent French, and is an advocate of LGBT rights. As of 2013, she is engaged to Stephen Kay. She is the part-owner of the prohibition-themed bar Employees Only in West Village, Manhattan, which opened in 2005, and the restaurant Jack's Wife Freda in SoHo, Lower Manhattan, which opened in 2012.
|1997||Single Spaced||The Dame||Short film|
|1999||Knuckleface Jones||That Girl||Short film|
|2000||The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle||FBI Agent Karen Sympathy|
|2000||Coyote Ugly||Violet "Jersey" Sanford|
|2000||Followers||Girl at Party|
|2001||Lost and Delirious||Pauline "Paulie" Oster|
|2002||Slap Her... She's French||Genevieve Le Plouff||Also known as She Gets What She Wants|
|2003||Cheaper by the Dozen||Nora Baker|
|2004||Perfect Opposites||Julia Bishop|
|2004||The I Inside||Anna|
|2004||George and the Dragon||Princess Luma|
|2005||Edison||Willow||Also known as Edison Force|
|2005||Karas: The Prophecy||Yurine||Voice|
|2005||Imagine Me & You||Rachel|
|2005||Good Morning Baby||Gabriella||Short film|
|2005||Cheaper by the Dozen 2||Nora Baker-McNulty|
|2006||10th & Wolf||Brandy|
|2006||The Prestige||Julia McCullough|
|2007||Because I Said So||Mae Wilder|
|2007||In Vivid Detail||Leslie||Short film|
|2008||The Prince of Motor City||Meg Riley||Television film|
|2008||Beverly Hills Chihuahua||Rachel|
|2008||The Lazarus Project||Lisa Garvey|
|2009||Sordid Things||Tabitha White|
|2013||Endangered||Michelle||Also known as Red Machine|
|2008||Backdrop NYC||Leslie||Segment: "In Vivid Detail"|
|2001||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Calista Haslum||Episode: "Folie à Deux"|
|2010–present||Covert Affairs||CIA Agent Annie Walker||52 episodes|
|2012–2013||Go On||Simone||4 episodes|
|2008||reasons to be pretty||Carly||Lucille Lortel Theatre|
|2001||Blockbuster Entertainment Award||Favorite Female - Newcomer||Coyote Ugly||Nominated|
|2001||MTV Movie Award||Best Music Moment||Coyote Ugly||Won|
|2001||MTV Movie Award||Breakthrough Female Performance||Coyote Ugly||Nominated|
|2004||Teen Choice Award||Choice Movie Liplock (shared with Ashton Kutcher)||Cheaper by the Dozen||Nominated|
|2006||Young Artist Award||Best Performance in a Feature Film - Young Ensemble Cast||Cheaper by the Dozen 2||Nominated|
|2011||Golden Globe||Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series - Drama||Covert Affairs||Nominated|
|2011||Gracie||Outstanding Female Actor in a Breakthrough Role||Covert Affairs||Won|