Actress Pauley Perrette, also credited as Pauley P., is famous for her portrayal of forensic specialist Abby Sciuto on the CBS top rated series “NCIS” (2003-current), a role she originated in two episodes of “JAG.” She also reprised the role in two episodes of “NCIS: Los Angeles” (2009), a spin off of “NCIS.” Commenting about her character on “NCIS,” she said, “Abby's great! Abby's my idol! I want to be her when I grow up.”
Starting out in commercials, music videos and short films, the New Orleans native first came to the attention of the public playing Gwen in several episodes of “Murder One” (1996-1997). It was followed by recurring roles on “The Drew Carey Show” (1998), “Jesse” (1999), “Dawson's Creek” (2001), “Special Unit 2” (2001-2002) and “24” (2002), not to mention one episode roles on “Early Edition,” “Philly” and “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” among others. She won her first regular role on the Jennifer Love Hewitt vehicle “Time of Your Life” (1999-2000). On the big screen, Perrette is perhaps best known for playing Beth in the Gore Verbinski successful horror film “The Ring” (2002). Other film credits include “The Price of Kissing” (1997), “Almost Famous” (2000), “My First Mister” (2001) and “Potheads: The Movie” (2005). Perrette has also ventured into producing and directing.
“My whole goal was to be able to work in television and film and maintain a normal life, never be in a tabloid.” Pauley Perrette
Perrette once sang lead vocals for the Los Angeles girl group Lo-Ball. She used the stage name Pauley P. for the group. With Lo-Ball, she recorded the song “Can't Get Me Down,” which was heard in the film “Legally Blonde” (2001). In 2009, she co-wrote and performed the song “Fear” for “NCIS: The Official TV Soundtrack.” Perrette is also a published poet, a spoken word artist and a photographer.
Perrette has been married twice. Her first husband was actor Coyote Shivers (married in 2000; divorced in 2006). She is now the wife of cameraman and cinematographer Michael Bosman. The couple lives in Los Angeles with their two dogs and cat.
Childhood and Family:
Pauley Perrette was born on March 27, 1969, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Because of her father's job at a phone company, she moved frequently as a child and lived in Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, New York, North Carolina, New Jersey, and California. She has a sister who currently resides in Tennessee. Her mother passed away in 2002.
Nicknamed P, Pauley graduated college with honors in sociology, criminology and psychology and has a Master's Degree in criminology. After completing her studies, she relocated to New York City to try her hand at acting. During her struggling years, Pauley worked numerous jobs, including photography, bartending and as a hair and makeup stylist to support herself.
On October 20, 2000, Pauley tied the knot with Canadian born actor Coyote Shivers (born on September 24, 1965). They separated on June 15, 2004, and officially divorced on February 1, 2006. She married Michael Bosman on February 14, 2009. Bosman has worked on many films, including Michael Anton's “Dead in Texas” (2005) Harper Philbin's “To Live and Die in Dixie” (2008), James Felix McKenney's “Satan Hates You” (2009) and Jacob Chase's “The Four-Faced Liar” (2010).
Pauley Perrette headed to New York City after receiving her Master's Degree to pursue a career in show business. It was her stint as a bartender that landed her roles in a number of short movies and commercials. She also appeared in music videos. Her first television role arrived in 1994 when she was cast as Shannon on ABC’s “Magical Make-Over,” opposite Amy Hargreaves, Ingrid Rogers, Kerry Washington and Mike Doyle. She later made her way to Los Angeles to further pursue her ambitions.
In 1996, Perrette played the role of Samantha in the premiere episode of the short lived series “Maloney,” which starred Peter Strauss. She did not gain her first real break until she landed the recurring role of Gwen on Steven Bochco’s “Murder One.” She was on the series from October 1996 to January 1997. She then appeared in an episode of “Early Edition” called “Mob Wife” (1997) and in two episodes of “Frasier” (1997), where she played two different characters. Also that year, she made her feature film acting debut starring as Renee in the independent drama “The Price of Kissing,” which was written and directed by Vince DiPersio. The cast also included Loretta Devine, Nicole Eggert, Jon Seda and William R. Moses.
After appearing in the 1998 episode “The Seer and the Sucker” of “The Naked Truth,” she joined the cast of the ABC sitcom “The Drew Carey Show” in the recurring role of one of Carey's girlfriends, Darcy, in the show's fourth season in 1998. The same year, she also worked with Gerry Red Wilson, Kellie Overbey, Nadia Dajani and Ron Livingston in the short lived sitcom “That's Life,” which ran on ABC from March 10 to April 7, 1998. She also appeared in the short films “Hand on the Pump,” an award winning 24 minute length comedy directed by Brian Ash and written by Myles Reiff, and “Hoofboy,” which was written and directed by actor Will Keenan.
In 1999, Perrette appeared in three episodes of the NBC sitcom “Jesse,” which starred Christina Applegate, and in one episode of Kirstie Alley's comedy “Veronica's Closet.” She also provided the voice of a cop in an episode of the animated series “Batman Beyond.” It was in October 1999 that the multi talented actress made her debut as a series regular on the spin off from “Party of Five,” “Time of Your Life,” where Jennifer Love Hewitt continued her portrayal of Sarah Reeves Merrin from the original show. Debuting on Fox on October 25, 1999, the drama was canceled in the middle of its first season on June 21, 2000, due to poor ratings. Perrette played Cecilia Wiznarksi on the show.
Entering the new millennium, Perrette was cast with William Forsythe, Tom Arnold and Rachel Ticotin in the independent thriller “Civility” (2000), which won the Bronze Award for Independent Theatrical Feature Films - Suspense/Thriller at the 2000 WorldFest in Houston. She then portrayed the memorable supporting role of Alice Wisdom in Cameron Crowe's movie “Almost Famous” (2000). Although a disappointment at the box office, the film did well with critics and was nominated for four Oscars and won one for Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen. It also earned a Golden Globe award for Best Picture. The movie starred Billy Crudup, Frances McDormand, Kate Hudson and Jason Lee.
Following an appearance on the TV series “Smash” (2001), Perrette portrayed Bebe in film and TV actress Christine Lahti's feature directorial debut “My First Mister” (2001), which starred Albert Brooks and Leelee Sobieski. She spent the rest of the year working on the TV series “Dead Last” (1 episode), “Philly” (1 episode) and “Dawson's Creek” (Rachel Weir, 2 episodes). She also played Alice Cramer in three episodes of the short lived UPN series “Special Unit 2” in 2001 and would reprise the role in an additional episode in January 2002. Perrette made her producing debut when she served as an associate producer on “The American Shame” (also 2001).
2002 also saw Perrette play Tanya in two episodes of “24,” guest star in “Haunted” and portray Patty Peirson in the TV film “Red Skies,” opposite Vivian Wu, Shawn Christian and Kadeem Hardison. She then supported Susan Blakely and Stirling Gardner in Rolf Schrader's comedy “Hungry Hearts” (2002), which won awards at several film festivals. Her film career gained a boost when she landed the supporting role of Beth in the psychological horror movie “The Ring” (2002), which was a remake of the 1998 Japanese horror film “Ringu.” Directed by Gore Verbinski and starring Naomi Watts and Martin Henderson, the film won raves from critics and was a huge success at the box office. With its production budget of $48 million, the film collected over $249 million worldwide.
In 2003, Perrette was cast as scientist Abby Sciuto on two episodes of the long running series “JAG.” Later that same year, she recreated the role for a spin off of “JAG” titled “NCIS” (NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service, 2003-current). Premiering on CBS on September 23, 2003, the popular series has won many awards, including six ASCAP Awards for Top TV Series, three BMI TV Music Awards and an Imagen Foundation for Best Supporting Actress/Television. It was also nominated for Emmys for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series (2005) and Outstanding Stunt Coordination (2008). Pauley stated, “I was a criminal science fanatic and went to study it in college as well and I think that helped me on 'NCIS' because I was comfortable with the language, I had studied criminal science in school for years.”
Also in 2003, Perrette appeared in an episode of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” provided the voice of a bear in the animated film “Brother Bear,” which starred the voices of Joaquin Phoenix, D.B. Sweeney and Michael Clarke Duncan, and played Gina Mascara in the film “Ash Tuesday,” which was directed by Jim Hershleder and written by Tony Spiridakis. She went on to appear in the short films “Cut and Run” (2004), directed by David Harp, and “A Moment of Grace” (2004), helmed by Alba Francesca. In 2005, she had a supporting role in Michael Anton's comedy “Potheads: The Movie.”
In 2009, Perrette reprised her role of Abby Sciuto on the first spin off of “NCIS” called “NCIS: Los Angeles,” which premiered on CBS on September 22, 2009. In December 2009, she teamed up with Don Wood and Christine Spencer in the short film “Satan Hates You,” which was written and directed by James Felix McKenney.
Perrette will star in the thriller “I Am Bad,” which was written and is being directed by David Rackoff. Costars of the film include Jaime Gomez, Naureen Zaim, Taylor Dayne, Jessica Makinson and Kris Wheeler. She also directed and was an executive producer of a documentary titled “Citizen Lane,” which is scheduled to be released on March 27, 2010.