As the World Turns Julia
“I'm usually cast as the sassy, brassy best friend.” Annie Parisse.
Daytime Emmy-nominated Annie Parisse is popular among TV viewers as the sweety-turned-psycho Julia Lindsey Snyder (1998-2001; 2002) on the CBS long-running soap opera "As the World Turns" and as assistant district attorney (A.D.A.) Alexandra Borgia (2002-2006) on NBC's cop/legal drama series "Law & Order." She also has appeared as a guest in the hit TV series "Third Watch" and "Friends."
On the big screen, Annie could be seen in the films "On the Q.T." (1999), "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" (2003), "National Treasure" (2004), "Monster-in-Law" (2005), "Prime" (2005), and most recently, "Definitely, Maybe" (2008). She will next be seen in the upcoming films "First Person Singular" and "Tickling Leo."
A huge fan of Elizabeth Taylor and Audrey Hepburn, Annie is also active performing on stage. She recently portrayed Rita, opposite Alan Tudyk and John Mahoney, in New York's Roundabout Theatre Company's revival of Craig Lucas' "Prelude to a Kiss" (2007) and was nominated for a 2007 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play for her performance in "The Internationalist." Next, she will play the title role in “Gina Gionfriddo's Becky Shaw” for the Humana Festival of New American Plays, alongside Mia Barron, David Wilson Barnes, Janis Dardaris, and Davis Duffield.
The naturally curly-haired actress who prefers to wear her hair straight was one of Daytime's 50 most beautiful people in 1998. She reportedly has a boyfriend named Colin Hodges.
Childhood and Family:
Born Anne Marie Cancelmi on July 31, 1976 in Anchorage, Alaska, Annie Parisse was raised in Mercer Island, near Seattle, Washington. Daughter to Lou and Annette Cancelmi, Annie has two brothers, Louis (actor; married Elisabeth Waterston, the daughter of “Law & Order” veteran Sam Waterston) and Michael Cancelmi. Her grandparents are Harry & Mary Cancelmi.
Annie graduated from Mercer Island High School in 1993 and went to attend Fordham University in New York City, where she was featured as the lead in numerous productions, including “Medea” and “Antigone.” She was also trained at the Holborne Center for the Performing Arts in London, England.
Annie, who went to a Nirvana concert and met lead singer Kurt Cobain and was into grunge as a teenager, used to wear combat boots, black lipstick, thick eye liner, and didn't comb her hair. She now lives in Brooklyn, New York and enjoys cooking, reading, opera and attends the downtown theater scene in her spare time. She also loves to run and has even participated in the New York City marathon.
A big fan of cat, Annie has adopted two black cats, Liz and Audrey.
Law & Order
“When I first became an actress, I expected to do regional and classical theater; I just love the whole creative process.” Annie Parisse.
Having performed in various university productions including “Farmyard,” “As You Like It,” “Love's Labor Lost” and “Antigone,” Annie Parisse test the water in regional theaters and appeared in productions of “Much Ado About Nothing” and “Standards of Beauty.” She also appeared in New York theater productions of “Bodacious Flapdoodle,” “Leave It To Beaver Is Dead,” “Throwin' Bones,” and “Misalliance” at the Roundabout Theatre.
In the late 1990s, Annie began appearing on screen. She joined the cast of CBS long-running soap opera "As the World Turns," playing sweety-turned-psycho Julia Lindsey Snyder (1998-2001; 2002), a role which earned her a Daytime Emmy nomination in 2001 for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series.
“I didn't go home and cry because Jack (Michael Park) and Carly (Maura West) fans hissed me. The fans don't have the experience with the behind-the-scenes of this stuff. I think there's a loss of reality for the fans in the sense that, if they don't like Julia, they don't think of the real person behind the character.” Annie Parisse (on her character in "As the World Turns").
Meanwhile, she had a supporting role as Wendy in a musical drama film directed by Yale Strom, "On the Q.T." (1999; starring James Earl Jones), and was spotted as a guest in a March 2001 episode of short-lived CBS cop drama series "Big Apple." She also played assistant district attorney (A.D.A.) Alexandra Borgia (2002-2006) on NBC's cop/legal drama series "Law & Order."
During this time, Annie could be seen as as Nurse Tammy Sizemore in two episodes of NBC's cop/crime drama "Third Watch" and as Sarah in an episode of NBC hit sitcom “Friends.” She also starred in unsold TV series pilot called "NYPD 2069" (2004; with Michael Reilly Burke and Giancarlo Esposito) and co-starred in NBC comedy movie "Beverly Hills S.U.V." (2004). Additionally, she appeared in a TV commercial for First Response Pregnancy Test and appeared in Keith Bunin's “The Credeaux Canvas” (2001), as Amelia, Louis Broome's “Texarkana Waltz” (2002), as Dallas, and Neal Bell's “Monster” (2002), as Elizabeth.
On the big screen, Annie played Kate Hudson's friend Jeannie in Donald Petrie's romantic comedy film based on a short cartoon book of the same name by Michele Alexander and Jeannie Long, "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" (2003; also starring Matthew McConaughey), as Elise Ashton in Jamie Yerkes' low budget horror movie "Pagans" (2004), and as Agent Dawes in Disney adventure movie "National Treasure" (2004; starring Nicolas Cage). She also acted alongside Jennifer Lopez, Jane Fonda, and Michael Vartan in Robert Luketic's romantic comedy film "Monster-in-Law" (2005) and with Uma Thurman and Meryl Streep in writer/director Ben Younger's romantic comedy film "Prime" (2005).
After "Law & Order," Annie portrayed Rita, opposite Alan Tudyk and John Mahoney, in New York's Roundabout Theatre Company's revival of Craig Lucas' "Prelude to a Kiss" (2007), helmed by Daniel Sullivan. She was also nominated for a 2007 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play for her performance in "The Internationalist."
Returning on films, Annie appeared in Adam Rapp's small drama film "Blackbird" (2007) and in Jonathan Lisecki's 20-minute short comedy film "Woman in Burka" (2008). Moviegoers most recently saw her in the newly-released romantic/drama/comedy film "Definitely, Maybe" (2008), which was written and directed by Adam Brooks and stars Ryan Reynolds.
Annie has wrapped her upcoming film with writer/director Sam Neave, a drama titled "First Person Singular." She will soon complete "Tickling Leo," writer/director Jeremy Davidson's film in which she will star opposite Eli Wallach.
As for her stage work, Annie will play the title role in “Gina Gionfriddo's Becky Shaw” for the Humana Festival of New American Plays that will be directed by Peter DuBois. In the play about a newlywed couple who fix up two romantically challenged friends, Annie will be joined by Mia Barron, David Wilson Barnes, Janis Dardaris, and Davis Duffield. It opens March 2 and continues in rep to March 30.
“Some plays are hard journeys to go on every night, but this journey is fantastic and life-affirming.” Annie Parisse.