Piper Perabo's parents named her after Piper Laurie. Her father, George William Perabo, is Portuguese and her mother, Mary Charlotte Ulland, is Norwegian American. Piper's brothers, Noah and Adam, are also actors. Perabo graduated summa cum laude from Ohio University (in Athens, Ohio) in 1998 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting. After University, she moved to New York and was cast in her first movie — a short film called Single Spaced, where she played The Dame.
Perabo's first big role came after, where she played the
girlfriend of a wannabe rapper in Whiteboyz. Perabo also did
another short film, Knuckleface Jones. 2000 was a big year for
her: she was cast in The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle as
one of the lead characters, FBI agent Karen Sympathy. The
break-out role that got wide recognition and shot her into the
public eye was in Coyote Ugly, where she played Violet Sanford
aka 'Jersey', who moves to New York to pursue her dream of
becoming a songwriter. Piper Perabo had to take lessons in
voice, guitar, piano and bartending to prepare for the role.
Despite the movie not doing as well as it could have at the box
office, she won an MTV Movie Award for Best Music Moment for
"One Way or Another".
In 2001, Piper Perabo starred in an independent Canadian movie called Lost and Delirious, playing a boarding school student who falls in love with a girl. The next year she starred as a French exchange student in Slap Her... She's French, which got shelved in North America and has only been released in Europe. In 2003, Piper had a small role as the eldest daughter in Cheaper by the Dozen (2003) which she reprised in its 2005 sequel.
Other recent movies include The I Inside (2003), Perfect Opposites (2004), George and the Dragon (2004), The Cave (2005) (where Piper Perabo co-starred with Lena Headey, also her costar of Imagine Me and You), Imagine Me & You (2005), and Edison (2005).
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