PROFILE
Name:
Arija Bareikis
Birth Date:
Bloomington, Indiana, USA
Birth Place:
July 21, 1966
BIOGRAPHY
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The Myth of Fingerprints

Background:

Arija Bareikis is an American film, television and theater actress. She is known for her roles on Bart Freundlich's “The Myth of Fingerprints” (1997), Rob Schneider's “Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo” (1999) and Scott Hicks' “No Reservations” (2007), among other movies. She had recurring roles on “Oz” (1999-2000) and “Crossing Jordan” (2004) and a regular roles on the Fox short lived series “The American Embassy” (2002) and the NBC/TNT series “Southland” (from 2009-2011). Bareikis starred as Sunny Freitag in Alfred Uhry's Tony Award winning “The Last Night Of Ballyhoo” (1997).         


Stanford Dolly

Childhood and Family:

Arija Allison Bareikis was born on July 21, 1966, in Bloomington, Indiana. She is of Lithuanian descent and has a sister named Anitra. Her father is a professor of Germanic literature at Indiana University. Arija was homecoming queen and a cheerleader in high school. After graduating from Stanford University in Stanford, Connecticut in 1988, she worked as a paralegal for a while before deciding to pursue a career in acting. She then trained with the Actors Studio in New York. While still in college, between 1985 and 1986, Arija was a Stanford Dolly (a dancer with the Leland Stanford Junior University Marching Band).


Southland

Career:

Arija Bareikis made her television debut in the original MTV short film “Joe's Apt.” (1992), where she played the original part of the 'ill-fated' date which Joe brings to his place and is unexpectedly terrorized by Joe's roommates. The film was the basis for the 1996 movie “Joe's Apartment,” which starred Jerry O'Connell. Bareikis next starred with Don Gettinger and Cathy Diane Tomlin in the short film “Celestial Navigation” (1993), by Joanna Field, and made her feature debut in the horror anthology “Twisted Tales” (1994). In 1996, she landed the recurring role of Emily di Mauro on the ABC soap opera “One Life to Live.”

As the stage trained actress, Bareikis performed at repertory theaters throughout the USA in plays like “Romeo and Juliet” (New Jersey Shakespeare Festival), “The Sweet By n By” (Barter Theatre), and “The Visit,” “Counselor At Law,” The Madwoman of Chaillot,” “The Threepenny Opera,” “The Guardsman” and “A Midsummer Night's Dream” (all Williamstown Theatre Festival). Her other theater credits include “City's production of “Orange Flower Water,” “Intimate Apparel,” “Hotel Universe,” “The Moment When,”  “Virgil Is Still the Frogboy.”  

Bareikis's first Broadway role came when she was cast Sunny in the original production of Alfred Uhry's “The Last Night Of Ballyhoo” (1997), opposite Terry Beaver as Adolph, Dana Ivey as Boo, Paul Rudd as Joe, Jessica Hecht as Lala, and Celia Weston as Aunt Reba. Directed by Ron Lagomarsino, the play opened on February 27, 1997 at the Helen Hayes Theatre, where it ran for 556 performances, and won a Tony for Best Play.

Bareikis gained her breakthrough screen role in the Bart Freundlich acclaimed drama “The Myth of Fingerprints” (1997), starring Blythe Danner, Roy Scheider, Noah Wyle and Julianne Moore. There, she portrayed Daphne, the former girlfriend that Warren (played by Wyle) has never gotten over. Still in 1997, the actress starred with Joanna Adler in the independent film “Ties to Rachel” and made her primetime TV debut in an episode of NBC's “Law & Order.”  

Bareikis went on to appear in several films throughout the late 1990s. She played Nicki in the black comedy “Pants on Fire” (1998), which won the Audience Award for Best Writer at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival, Kim Bliss in “The Naked Man” (1998), a comedy directed by J. Todd Anderson and co-written by Anderson and Ethan Coen, Sarah Meyers in the Toronto International Film Festival premiered film “30 Days” (1999, released in the US theaters in 2000), helmed and written by Aaron Harnick, and Susan Marie Heine in the Academy Award nominated drama “Snow Falling on Cedars” (1999), based on David Guterson's novel of the same title. She gave a notable turn as Kate, one of Deuce's clients turned lover, in the hit comedy “Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo” (1999), starring Rob Schneider.      

From 1999 to 2000, Bareikis played the recurring role of Tricia Ross, the sister of a dead inmate who falls in love with an imprisoned Muslim leader, on the HBO acclaimed prison-set series “Oz.”

In 2002, Bareikis starred in the Fox drama series “The American Embassy” as Emma Brody, a young woman from the United States who entered the U.S. Foreign Service to escape from her dysfunctional life in Toledo, Ohio. Unfortunately, the show only had a short life from March 11 to  April 1, 2002.   

Following the cancellation of the show, Bareikis appeared as Maggie Cartwright in the pilot of the CBS hit series “Without a Trace,” which was aired on September 26, 2002. In 2003, she was cast as Kathleen Chandler on the television film adaptation of John Grisham's “A Painted House,” opposite Scott Glenn, Logan Lerman, Robert Sean Leonard and Melinda Dillon. In 2004, she played the recurring role of Detective Annie Capra in NBC's crime/drama series “Crossing Jordan.” She also guest starred in “Grey's Anatomy” (2005) and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” (2005, 2009) and appeared in the made for TV film “A.K.A.” (2006).

Meanwhile. On the big screen, Bareikis appeared in the Woody Allen movie “Melinda and Melinda” (2004), which starred Radha Mitchell, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Will Ferrell, briefly reprised her role as Kate in the 2005 sequel “Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo,” starred in “Dealbreaker” (2005), a short film co-directed and co-written by actress Gwyneth Paltrow, was featured alongside Catherine Zeta-Jones and Aaron Eckhart in Scott Hicks' comedy/drama film “No Reservations” (2007), co-starred in the short “Leaving Gussie”(2007) and had a small part in Sidney Lumet's last movie, “Before the Devil Knows You're Dead” (2007). She portrayed Marsha, the mother of Lori (played by Sophie Traub) in the film adaptation of Robert Cormier's novel, “Tenderness” (2009), starring Traub, Jon Foster and Russell Crowe,  and starred opposite Carl T. Evans and Chris Noth in eh drama “Frame of Mind” (2009).

Back to series television as a regular, Bareikis took the lead role of Officer Chickie Brown on the NBC/TNT police procedural/drama series “Southland.” She was on the show during its first three seasons from 2009 to 2011.      

In 2011, Bareikis appeared as Natalie's mother in an episode of USA Network's “Royal Pains” called “A History of Violins.” She also starred in the drama film “The Stand Up” (2011) with Jonathan Sollis, Margarita Levieva and Aidan Quinn.        


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