Julianna Rose Mauriello is an American actress and dancer. She is best known for her portrayal of pink-haired Stephanie in the children’s television series “LazyTown”.
The early life of Julianna Rose Mauriello
Mauriello was born on May 26th, 1991 in Irvington, New York. She has an older brother and two sisters of whom the older one, Alex is also an actress. It was actually Julianna’s family who got her interested in the performing arts as she often watched her brother and sister perform in theater productions, sometimes joining them on stage.At the age of eleven, she got her first professional role in a classic musical “Oklahoma!”.
Career & role as Stephanie from Lazytown
Mauriello enrolled into the Professional Performing Arts School to further hone her performing skills. She did a lot of stage work, including “Gypsy: A Musical Fable” and in “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn”. Parallel to her stage performance, she also did she commercials and specialty films for Volvo, Wendy’s and Disney Entertainment, among others.
Her big break came in 2004 where Julianna got a role on an upcoming children’s show called “LazyTown” on Nick Jr. network, part of the Nickelodeon television channel airing weekday mornings and aimed at young children aged under 7 years. She starred as a girl named Stephanie with a signature pink wig, who tries to teach the extremely lazy residents of LazyTown that physical activity is important. The show was a hit and is often still found today in syndication.
Mauriello got the role by chance as the original choice to play Stephanie had to back out because of union restrictions. Although she is 9 years older than her character, the show’s creator, Magnus Scheving, saw Julianna as an ideal person for the central role of the show’s positive messages due to her high-energy nature. Julianna Rose Mauriello relocated to Iceland to shoot episodes for three seasons, learning the native language in the process. During her time there, she appeared as a presenter on Iceland’s Edda Awards and made numerous live and/or broadcast appearances. Because of her portrayal of Stephanie, Julianna Rose Mauriello was selected by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences as a nominee for its Daytime Emmy Award, “Outstanding Performer in a Children’s Series” in 2006.
Julianna Rose Mauriello left the show in 2007, after growing out the role of Stephanie. She followed it up with a role in a short movie “A Fix” from 2008, where she plays a bullied high school teenager. The same year she replayed the role of Stephanie in “LazyTown Extra” for one season, after which the show ended. Mauriello made a big break from acting, having only one appearance in 2013 in the animated mini-series “The Doc Files”, providing voice work in one episode.
Ever since she could stand on her own, Julianna Rose Mauriello was an aspiring dancer. She studied ballet, tap, jazz, tumbling and Irish step dancing. She values her family the most and has a diverse background – Italian (paternal), Irish, and German (maternal). She is 1.64 meters tall and immensely enjoys shopping, especially purses and handbags, something she herself has admitted.
What’s Julianna Rose Mauriello doing now?
Unfortunately, not much is known about Julianna Rose Mauriello’s current work activities. There are some reports that suggest she quit her promising acting career immediately after she turned 18, although there is no official confirmation. However, seeing as she did very little, almost none of the acting work in the last few years, it seems that the acting retirement is real. What is definitely true is that she is currently a medical student, studying to become a doctor while simultaneously being a part of a dance class. Mauriello continues to live in her hometown, riding her scooter and hanging out with her friends. We will just have to wait and see if there will be an acting comeback one day, perhaps as a medical personnel.
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