Coyote Girls airs tonight on W9. This cult musical film from the 2000s revealed its heroine to the general public. Focus on Piper Perabo’s career.
Directed by David McNally (whose first production) and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, Coyote Girls follows the path of Violet, a young woman who dreams of becoming a singer. She leaves her family for New York, but in failure after failure, her hopes for success are dwindling. Forced to find a job, she agrees to work in a country bar, famous for its provocative waitresses, the Coyote Ugly. In this universe of Amazons, Violet acquires a certain sense of spectacle and a real popularity.
Released in 2000, Coyote Girls revealed to the public the young American actress Piper Perabo. With this musical film, this almost unknown quickly became the darling of teenagers in the 2000s. However, the young woman has never subsequently landed a major role. Return on the career of Piper Perabo.
Like the heroine of the film, Piper Perabo moved to New York to pursue a career in cinema (not in music unlike her character). She quickly obtained a role in the feature film Whiteboys by Marc Levin and followed up with the comedy The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, in which she played the role of Robert De Niro and Rene Russo. But it is Coyote Girls – released the same year – which earned him public recognition.
Inspired by an article by magazine GQ “The Muse of the Coyote Ugly Saloon“written by novelist Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat Pray Love), the film is carried by a cast made up of young strangers: Piper Perabo, Maria Bello, supermodel Tyra Banks, Izabella Miko, Bridget Moynahan and Adam Garcia. A shy but talented heroine, a group of united and sexy girls who work for a woman, a love story and a pop soundtrack allowed the feature film to become cult.
The soundtrack – which features the film’s flagship title “Can’t fight the moonlight“by LeAnn Rimes (who by the way doubles Piper Perabo on the vocals scenes) – remained number 1 on the Billboard Top 40 for over a year and has sold over 3 million copies.
An unconfirmed success
Riding on this sudden notoriety, Piper Perabo continues with the independent film Rebelles which tells the love story of two teenage girls in a boarding school for girls and continues with more commercial productions like the saga Thirteen by the dozen, the thriller Memories or even the horror film The Crypt. If these films are critical failures, they nevertheless allow him to participate in larger productions. She thus gives the reply to confirmed actors such as Kevin Spacey in the detective film Edison with Justin Timberlake (2006), Hugh Jackman and Scarlett Johansson in The Prestige (2006), Jamie Lee Curtis in the family film The Chihuahua of Beverly Hills ( 2009), Diane Keaton in In Search of the Perfect Man with Mandy Moore (2007) or Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon Levitt and Emily Blunt in Looper by Rian Johnson (2012).
This eclectic actress tries her hand at all genres: from romantic comedy (Imagine Me and You in which her heart swings between Lena Headey and Matthew Goode), to thriller (10th and Wolf with James Marsden), through drama ( The Last omen with Guy Pearce) and the horror film (Infected where she shares the poster with Chris Pine). But these films are failures.
From big to small screen …
Not finding a major role in the cinema, the actress turns to the small screen. From 2010 to 2014, she played CIA agent Annie Walker in the spy series Covert Affairs. A role for which she was nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Dramatic Television Series in 2011 (but the prize went to Katey Sagal for Sons of Anarchy). The young woman then plays an ambitious JT producer in the Notorious series (2016). But following negative reviews, the series was shortened and canceled at the end of its first season.
In 2019, Piper Perabo holds one of the leading roles in Idris Elba’s Netflix series, Charlie, turns up the volume, but the latter is also canceled after season 1 … The same year, the actress returns to the big screen ; she plays the wife of Gerard Butler in the action film The Fall of the President. She replaces Radha Mitchell who played the role in the first two parts.
Piper Perabo then landed a recurring role in the spin-off from the Penny Dreadfull series, Penny Dreadfull: City of Angels. She plays Linda Craft, wife of Doctor Peter Craft (Rory Kinnear). The series is currently broadcast on Canal +. At the same time, she is an ambassador for the International Rescue Committee, an association founded in 1933 on the initiative of Albert Einstein. She advocates for the rights of refugees and against religious persecution and political oppression around the world.