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Aleksa Palladino (born September 21, 1980) is an American actress and singer, perhaps best known for her lead roles in Manny & Lo, The Adventures of Sebastian Cole, Find Me Guilty, Boardwalk Empire, Wrong Turn 2: Dead End, and Before the Devil Knows You're Dead. She also played a prominent role in the second season of the AMC period drama Halt and Catch Fire.
Palladino at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival
(m. 2003; div. 2015)
Life and acting careerEdit
Palladino was born in New York City, where she grew up and worked as an actress. Her debut role was as "Lo" in Manny & Lo opposite Scarlett Johansson, in which she played a 16-year-old character despite being 14 at the time. The next year, she was given her first lead role in the short film Number One Fan with Glenn Fitzgerald, and soon appeared in Wrestling with Alligators with Joely Richardson, the well-received The Adventures of Sebastian Cole with Adrian Grenier, and Second Skin with Fitzgerald again.
The year 2000 saw the release of Red Dirt, followed by the independent film Lonesome, and Storytelling with Selma Blair. She then had guest appearances in Law & Order: Criminal Intent (where she played two different characters), The Sopranos and Law & Order.
In 2004, Palladino returned to acting with a guest appearance on Medium, followed by her lead role in Spectropia and a supporting one in Find Me Guilty with Vin Diesel. After she worked in Find Me Guilty, director Sidney Lumet offered Palladino the role of Chris Lasorda in Before the Devil Knows You're Dead. She then appeared in The Picture of Dorian Gray, based on the novel by Oscar Wilde, and landed a supporting role in the acclaimed horror sequel Wrong Turn 2: Dead End.
The 2010s saw her busy mainly on television; her role as Prohibition-era gangster Jimmy Darmody's closeted wife Angela in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire stands out. She was also a series regular of season two in the critically acclaimed AMC series Halt and Catch Fire as Sara Wheeler. Her next important film role was Mary Sheeran in Martin Scorsese's The Irishman, which was distributed by Netflix and received only a limited theatrical release.
Musical career and personal lifeEdit
For over ten years she was the lead singer and songwriter of the band Exitmusic, which she formed with then-husband Devon Church. After a self-released album in 2007, the band released an EP in 2011 and a full-length album in 2012 for the indie label Secretly Canadian. A final album followed in 2018 for Felte Records.
- The Decline of the West (self-released, 2007)
- From Silence (EP) (2011)
- Passage (2012)
- The Recognitions (2018)
|1996||Manny & Lo||Laurel|
|1997||Number One Fan||Sadie|
|1998||Wrestling with Alligators||Maddy Hawkins|
|1998||A Cool, Dry Place||Bonnie|
|1998||The Adventures of Sebastian Cole||Mary|
|1998||Second Skin||Gwen||Short film|
|2000||Red Dirt||Emily Whaley|
|2001||Ball in the House||Lizzie|
|2003||Mona Lisa Smile||Frances|
|2006||Find Me Guilty||Marina DiNorscio|
|2007||The Picture of Dorian Gray||Sibyl Vane|
|2007||Wrong Turn 2: Dead End||Mara Stone|
|2007||Before the Devil Knows You're Dead||Chris|
|2009||Acts of Mercy||Maggie Collins|
|2014||The Midnight Swim||Isa|
|2016||The Veil||Karen Sweetzer|
|2019||The Irishman||Mary Sheeran|
|2019||The Mandela Effect||Claire|
|2000||The Huntress||Brandi Thorson||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2002||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Lilly Carlyle||Episode: "The Insider"|
|2002–04||The Sopranos||Alex / Alessandra||Episodes: "Eloise", "Unidentified Black Males"|
|2003||Law & Order||Teresa Drosi||Episode: "Blaze"|
|2005||Medium||Lyla Gallagher / Geraldine Hanscombe||Episode: "Sweet Dreams"|
|2006||Without a Trace||Katie Duncan||Episode: "All the Sinners, Saints"|
|2009||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Angela||Episode: "All In"|
|2010–11||Boardwalk Empire||Angela Darmody||Regular role|
|2014||Elementary||Iris Lanzer||Episode: "Corpse De Ballet"|
|2015||Halt and Catch Fire||Sara Wheeler||Main role (Season 2)|
|2018||Unsolved||Megan Poole||3 episodes|
|2018||One Dollar||Chelsea Wyler||4 episodes|
|2019||The Loudest Voice||Judy Laterza||Miniseries|
- Hannah Burke (2018). "Interview: The emotional labyrinth of Exitmusic". altcitizen.com. Retrieved November 21, 2019.
- Chang, Kee (October 12, 2013). "The Archives: Aleksa Palladino". anthemmagazine.com. Retrieved November 21, 2019.
- "The 15 Most Groundbreaking Gay Roles on Television". rollingstone.com. January 26, 2011. Retrieved November 21, 2019.
- Libby Hill (October 8, 2015). "AMC renews low-rated, critically acclaimed 'Halt and Catch Fire' for third season". www.latimes.com. Retrieved November 21, 2019.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister (February 19, 2015). "AMC's 'Halt and Catch Fire' Adds Two Cast Members for Season 2". variety.com. Retrieved November 21, 2019.
- Shavonne Bell (2015). "Halt and Catch Fire Q&A – Aleksa Palladino (Sara Wheeler)". amc.com. Retrieved November 21, 2019.
- Frank Pallotta (August 27, 2019). "'The Irishman' will skip a wide theatrical release and debut on Netflix November 27". cnn.com. Retrieved November 21, 2019.
- Prillaman, Ashley (April 26, 2018). "INTERVIEW: Exitmusic on Their Final Bow". audiofemme.com. Retrieved September 23, 2019.
- "Exitmusic - The Decline of the West". discogs.com. Retrieved November 21, 2019.
- "From Silence". secretlycanadian.com. October 4, 2011. Retrieved November 19, 2019.
- "Passage". secretlycanadian.com. June 22, 2012. Retrieved November 19, 2019.
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