The Real World: Las Vegas
Trishelle Cannatella is an American reality TV contestant and actress. She was nominated for Teen Choice Awards for her work on the reality shows “The Real World: Las Vegas” (2002-2003) and “The Challenge: The Gauntlet: Showdown at the RW/RR Corral” (2003). Other reality TV shows she has appeared in include “Kill Reality,” “The Surreal Life,” “Punk'd,” “Hulk Hogan's Celebrity Championship Wrestling,” “Dr. Steve-O” and “Hollywood Royale.” Cannatella has acted in such films as “The Hillz” (2004), “The Scorned” (2005, TV), “The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning” (2007, TV), “33 Griffin Lane” (2008) and “Ninja Cheerleaders” (2008) as well as in the television series “Criminal Minds.” Cannatella has posed nude for Playboy magazine and the online Playboy Cyber Club.
Currently, Cannatella lives in Southern California. She is a poker player.
Childhood and Family:
Trishelle Cannatella was born on November 4, 1979, in Cut Off, Louisiana. She grew up in a Southern Baptist, along with her devout Christian mother. Young Trishelle used to go to church three or four times a week until her beloved mother died from a brain tumor when she was 14 years old. She rejected church and searched for other means to deal with her loss. Trishelle maintained a strong GPA and joined several athletic team throughout her high school career at South Lafourche High School. In 2009, she graduated from The University of Southern Mississippi, where she majored in Communications with a minor in English. She was a member of the Chi Omega sorority.
Trishelle Cannatella began her showbiz career after winning a part in “The Real World: Las Vegas,” the twelfth season of MTV's long running reality television series “The Real World.” The show ran from September 17, 2002 to April 1, 2003. She was nominated for a 2003 Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Reality/Variety Star – Female for her work.
Between 2003 and 2004, she appeared in reality shows such as “Punk'd,” “Reality TV Secrets: How to Get on the Show!,” “The Challenge: The Gauntlet: Showdown at the RW/RR Corral” (2003),from which she netted a 2004 Teen Choice nomination for Choice Reality/Variety Jackass, “The Challenge: The Inferno: Grope the Rope” (2004), “The Surreal Life” (4 episodes, 2003-2004), among others.
Meanwhile, in July 2003, Cannatella made her off-Broadway debut in “Pieces (of Ass)” at Theatre 80 in New York City. In the next year, she landed a bit part as party girl in the 2004 film “The Hillz,” which was written and directed by Saran Barnun and starred Rene Heger, Jesse Woodrow, and Paris Hilton.
In 2005, Cannatella hosted “Lingerie Bowl,” where models such as Bridgetta Tomarchio, Tia Alexander and Heidi Androl played full contact football wearing lingerie during halftime for the super bowl. The same year, she appeared in the reality show “Kill Reality,” which ran on E! Entertainment television about the all-stars of reality television making a horror movie called “The Scorned.” Cannatella played the role of Nichola in the 2005 horror film, which was directed by Robert Kubilos and written by Rob Cesternino and Eric Mittleman. Other co-stars included Jenna Lewis, Steven Hill, Trish Schneider and Bob Guiney. Also in 2005, she appeared in Bravo's reality television show, “Battle of the Network Reality Stars,” and the game shows “Celebrity Poker Showdown” and “Celebrity Charades.”
2006 saw Cannatella make a guest appearance in the CBS police procedural series “Criminals Minds.” She played Jane in the episode “ Sex, Birth, Death.” She also played the role of Trishelle in the television series “ VIP Passport” (2005). 2006 also found her appearing in “Fear Factor, ” “The Real World Denver: The After Show” and the documentary “American Cannibal: The Road to Reality.”
Cannatella was cast as Ally Handy in the made for television film “The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning” (2007), a prequel to the 2005 theatrical release film “The Dukes of Hazzard.” The reviews to the film were generally negative. The same year, she starred as nurse in the reality television series “Dr. Steve-O,” opposite Steve-O, Jessica Landon, Norma Jean Riddick and Reggie Pace. The show ran on the USA Network from October 1, 2007 to November 12, 2007.
In 2008, Cannatella was cast as one of George Takei's three cheerleader/ stripper students,
Courtney, in the comedy film “Ninja Cheerleaders,” which was written and directed by David Presley, and was featured as a neighbor in “33 Griffin Lane,” a thriller movie written and directed by Todd S. Kniss and starring Kelci B. Lowry, Will Rothhaar and Chris Collins. The same year, she appeared in several episodes of “Hulk Hogan's Celebrity Championship Wrestling.”
2010 found Cannatella in the television shows “Hollywood
Royale,” “Reality Obsessed” and “2010 World
Series of Poker.”
Cannatella is set to play the role of Freda in the upcoming comedy film “Melvin Smarty,” helmed by Simon Mathew and Victoria Raiser.
The film will star Helena Mattsson, Mark Matkevich and Tyler Hoechlin.