Piper Lisa Perabo (born October 31, 1976) is an American stage, film and television actress.
Perabo was born in Dallas, Texas and grew up in Toms River, New Jersey, the daughter of Mary Charlotte (née Ulland), a physical therapist, and George William Perabo, the Dean of English & Literature at Ocean County College. She is of Portuguese and Norwegian descent. Her parents chose to name her after actress Piper Laurie. Her brother Adam is also an actor. In high school (Toms River North), Perabo appeared in the annual musicals. She was also president of the National Honor Society chapter and the editor of the school literary magazine, Polaris.
She graduated from high school at Toms River High School North and then summa cum laude from Ohio University's Honors Tutorial College in 1998 with a BFA in theater. After graduating, Piper studied acting at the LaMama Theater in New York and had small roles in two plays. She was a waitress in New York City at an upscale restaurant prior to being discovered.
In 2000, Perabo was cast in The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle as lead character FBI agent Karen Sympathy. Her next film, Coyote Ugly, was more of a star-making role. She played Violet