Piper Lisa Perabo; born October 31, 1976) is an American film and television actress. Since her breakthrough role in Coyote Ugly (2000), her subsequent films have included 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). From 2010 to 2014, she played CIA Agent Annie Walker, the lead role on the USA Network spy drama series Covert Affairs, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress
You may recognise her more from her ‘breakthrough’ part as Violet Sanford in Coyote Ugly, or indeed as Agent Annie Walker in Covert Affairs, although l first watched piper in the 1999 film Whiteboys and l saw her in a film l watched yesterday the 2009 film Carriers with Chris Pine, which is what inspired me to write up her Theme Time bio today. Here’s ten of her best performances in my eyes. now are you a fan of hers, or have never even heard of her?
1 – 2005 – Imagine Me & You
During her wedding ceremony, Rachel (Piper Perabo) notices Luce (Lena Headey) in the audience and feels instantly drawn to her. The two women become close friends, and when Rachel learns that Luce is a lesbian, she realizes that despite her happy marriage to Heck (Matthew Goode), she is falling for Luce. As she questions her sexual orientation, Rachel must decide between her stable relationship with Heck and her exhilarating new romance with Luce.
2 – 2001 – Lost & Delirious
“Lost and Delirious” is about the friendship of three teenagers and how they experience it in a private school. Throughout the film, the lost girls question their relationships with one another and the authority of others while desperately attempting to seek out true love.
3 – 2000 – Coyote Ugly
Graced with a velvet voice, 21-year-old Violet Sanford heads to New York to pursue her dream of becoming a songwriter only to find her aspirations sidelined by the accolades and notoriety she receives at her “day” job as a barmaid at Coyote Ugly. The “Coyotes” as they are affectionately called tantalize customers and the media alike with their outrageous antics, making Coyote Ugly the watering hole for guys on the prowl.
4 – 2009 – Carriers
When a virus threatens to wipe out humanity, Danny (Lou Taylor Pucci), his brother Brian (Chris Pine), and their friends Bobby (Piper Perabo) and Kate (Emily VanCamp) set out across the desert in the Southwest, trying to elude the pandemic. Over the course of several days, the four friends learn that the darkness within themselves may prove deadlier than any microbe.
5 – 2003 – Cheaper by the Dozen
Tom (Steve Martin) and Kate Baker (Bonnie Hunt) have compromised their careers to raise 12 children. Tom coaches a high-school football team, while Kate has retired from journalism to raise the family. Things change when Tom is offered a college coaching job in a new city at the same time a publisher buys Kate’s parenting memoir. After moving, Kate goes on a book tour, leaving Tom in charge of the children, who — already unhappy about relocating — plunge the household into chaos.
6 – 2005 – Cheaper by the Dozen 2
Tom Baker (Steve Martin) and his wife, Kate (Bonnie Hunt), take their children for what they hope will be a relaxing summer at a lakeside resort. When the Bakers end up with the shoddiest unit imaginable, a clueless but well-meaning Tom struggles to repair it himself. To make matters worse, Tom’s old nemesis — Jimmy Murtaugh (Eugene Levy) — and his similarly gigantic family appear on the scene and engage the Bakers in a not-so-friendly rivalry that threatens to spoil their trip.
7 – 2002 – Slap Her She’s French
In her small-town high school in Texas, the popular and gorgeous cheerleader Starla Grady (Jane McGregor) has everything going for her. When her family decides to host French foreign exchange student Genevieve Le Plouff (Piper Perabo), Starla shows her around and introduces her to the cool kids. Genevieve is more than happy to tag along, but she soon has bigger aspirations — she intends to take over Starla’s life completely and push her into the outs of the social hierarchy.
8 – 2007 – Because I Said So
Daphne Wilder (Diane Keaton) is the proud mother of three women: Milly (Mandy Moore), Maggie (Lauren Graham) and Mae (Piper Perabo), and her love for her offspring knows no bounds. Because her youngest, always chooses the wrong man, she decides to take action to prevent Milly from repeating the mistakes of the past. Dating disaster ensues when Daphne tries to achieve her goal by placing an online personal ad for Milly.
9 – 2006 – The Prestige
Period thriller set in Edwardian London where two rival magicians, partners until the tragic death of an assistant during a show, feud bitterly after one of them performs the ultimate magic trick – teleportation. His rival tries desperately to uncover the secret of his routine, experimenting with dangerous new science as his quest takes him to the brink of insanity and jeopardises the lives of everyone around the pair.
10 – 2012 – Looper
In a future society, time-travel exists, but it’s only available to those with the means to pay for it on the black market. When the mob wants to eliminate someone, it sends the target into the past, where a hit man known as a looper lies in wait to finish the job. Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is one such hired gun, and he does his job well — until the day his bosses decide to “close the loop” and send Joe’s future self (Bruce Willis) back in time to be killed.
11 – 2005 – The Cave
When an uncharted cave system is discovered beneath a 13th-century Romanian abbey, a team of thrill-seeking professionals is flown in to search the area for signs of a new ecosystem. The good news is they do find life. The bad news is they may not be alive long enough to tell anyone.
12 – 2006 – First Snow
Jimmy (Guy Pearce), a fast-talking salesman, has big ambitions. While selling flooring, he has an idea that will make him a rich man. His dreams come to a grinding halt when his car breaks down in a small desert town. To pass the time he seeks the advice of a roadside fortuneteller. Though at first the soothsayer’s predictions are good, the session ends abruptly when the man pulls away in terror, for Jimmy is fated to die when the season’s first snowflakes fall.
13 – 1999 – Whiteboyz
Flip (Danny Hoch), James (Dash Mihok) and Trevor (Mark Webber) are passionate hip-hop fans who yearn to become rappers during the “gangsta” era of the late 1990s. However, as white kids from comfortable suburban Iowa, they find that dream impossibly distant until Flip befriends Khalid (Eugene Byrd), an African-American transfer student. When Flip and his friends press Khalid to take them to Chicago’s notorious inner-city projects, they see the truth behind their secondhand thug-life fantasies.
14 – 2017 – Black Butterfly
On the outskirts of a mountain town grappling with a series of abductions and murders, Paul, a reclusive writer, struggles to start what he hopes will be a career-saving screenplay. After a tense encounter with a drifter named Jack, Paul offers Jack a place to stay. Soon, the edgy, demanding Jack muscles his way into Paul’s work. As a storm cuts off power to the isolated cabin, the two men begin a jagged game that will bring at least one tale to an end.
15 – 2010 – 2014 – Covert Affairs
CIA trainee Annie Walker is suddenly plucked from the inner sanctum of the agency and promoted to field operative, and while it seems she went from obscurity to the fire because of her exceptional linguistic skills, something or someone from her past may be the reason her bosses shifted her career path. Now that Annie finds herself on assignments with no rules or training to guide her, all she can rely on is her intuition … and the guidance of CIA military intelligence agent Auggie Anderson, a one-time special operative until he was blinded during a mission. Auggie helps Annie navigate the intricate CIA bureaucracy, and he quickly becomes the one person she can trust.
So Piper Perabo, fan or not?