Piper Perabo was born in 1977 in Toms River, New Jersey, the daughter of an English Professor, and attended Toms River High School North. Someone who knew her in high school describes her as "a sweetheart who was very kind and caring". After high school she studied acting at Ohio University where she graduated summa cum laude in 1998 with a BFA in acting.
After graduating she studied theater at the LaMama Theater in New York and then had roles in 2 short, low budget films in 1998 & 1999. The first was in a short film called Single Spaced (1998). This was followed by a role in Knuckleface Jones (1999) in which she played the part of a giant squid! [You can read more about these films on the filmography page.]
Piper's first big role was the lead female part in the film Whiteboyz (1999) in which she played the girlfriend of wannabe gangster rapper. That role will pale in comparison to the big break she had when she was cast in the role of Violet in the big budget Hollywood film, Coyote Ugly, a film whose plot sounds a lot like Piper's own life - moved from New Jersey to New York and worked in a bar while waiting for a big break.
Piper appears in the recent release "Rocky & Bullwinkle" and is already busy with her next role in the film Lost & Delirious which is currently being filmed in Canada. [More info on Piper's latest projects.]
Piper has 2 younger brothers, Adam and Noah. Adam attends Ohio University (just as Piper did) and by all reports is also very talented, being able to sing as well as act.
The summer of 2000 may forever be remembered as Piper Perabo?reakout season. With a prominent role in the animation meets reality flick, Rocky and Bullwinkle and a starring role in the vixen-laden bar movie, Coyote Ugly, Perabo seems primed to seize the limelight.
Perabo soon started working in theatre, appearing in productions of "Our Town", "Arms and the Man", "Antigone" amongst others. She made her feature film debut in the independent film, Whiteboys, a spoof of ?te homeboy?lture starring Dash Mihok. The movie didn?uite take off, despite some early buzz, but it was enough to bring her to the attention of casting agents and producers. Before long, Perabo had landed roles in the aforementioned summer films.
Coyote Ugly seems to be the film that promises to launch her career. The hot and seductive female cast certainly got a lot of people paying attention to a film which, plot-wise, seemed quite out of place on a summer schedule. Perabo has already demonstrated a taste for unconventional films, which makes her blossoming career all the more exciting to watch - who knows what she'll do next.