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Aleksa Palladino

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Aleksa Palladino

Date of Birth: 21 September 1980
Place of Birth: New York City, New York, USA


Aleksa Palladino (born September 21, 1980) is an American actress and singer, perhaps best known for her lead roles in Manny & Lo, The Adventures of Sebastian Cole, Find Me Guilty, Wrong Turn 2: Dead End, and Before the Devil Knows You're Dead.


Palladino was born in New York City, where she grew up and worked as an actress. Her debut role was as Lo in the critically-acclaimed Manny & Lo opposite Scarlett Johansson, where she played a 16 year old character despite being 14 at the time. The next year she was given her first lead role in the short film Number One Fan with Glenn Fitzgerald, and soon appeared in Wrestling with Alligators with Joely Richardson, the well-received The Adventures of Sebastian Cole with Adrien Grenier, and Second Skin with Fitzgerald again.

The year 2000 saw the release of Palladino's Red Dirt, followed by the independent film Lonesome, and Storytelling with Selma Blair. She then had guest appearances in Law & Order: Criminal Intent, The Sopranos (where she played 2 different characters) and Law & Order.

In 2003, Palladino moved to Los Angeles, married Devon Church at a scenic overlook on Mulholland Drive, and began writing music with her husband as the band Exitmusic. Exitmusic released a debut album in Fall 2007. Their follow-up is due in early 2010 on the Manimal Vinyl label.

In 2004, Aleksa returned to acting with a guest appearance on Medium, followed by her lead role in Spectropia and a supporting one in Find Me Guilty with Vin Diesel. After working in Find me Guilty, the director Sidney Lumet offered Palladino the role of Chris Lasorda in Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, which she kindly accepted. She then filmed The Picture of Dorian Gray, based on the novel by Oscar Wilde, and was landed a supporting lead role in the well-acclaimed Horror sequel Wrong Turn 2: Dead End. Palladino's latest project is HBO's series Boardwalk Empire directed and executive produced by Martin Scorsese.



Year Title Role Notes
2008 Acts of Mercy Maggie Collins
2007 Before the Devil Knows You're Dead Chris Lasorda
Wrong Turn 2: Dead End Mara
The Picture of Dorian Gray Sibyl Vane
2006 Find Me Guilty Marina DiNorscio
Spectropia Spectropia
2005 The Ring Two Young Nurse
2003 Mona Lisa Smile Frances the Girl in Italian Class
2001 Ball in the House Lizzie
Storytelling Catherine ('Fiction')
Lonesome Lily Randolph
2000 Red Dirt Emily Whaley
1999 Cherry Darcy
1998 Second Skin Gwen
The Adventures of Sebastian Cole Mary
Celebrity Production Assistant
A Cool, Dry Place Bonnie
Wrestling with Alligators Maddy Hawkins
1997 Number One Fan Sadie
1996 Manny & Lo Lo

Television series

Year Title Role Notes
2010 Boardwalk Empire Angela 11 episodes
2009 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Angela Ep. 8.13
2006 Without a Trace Katie Duncan Ep. 5.07
2005 Medium Lyla Gallagher/Geraldine Hanscombe Ep. 2.05
2004 The Sopranos Alex Ep. 5.09
2003 Law & Order Teresa Drosi Ep. 14.5
2002 The Sopranos Alessandra Ep. 4.12
Law & Order: Criminal Intent Lilly Carlyle Ep. 1.13
2000 The Huntress Brandi Thorson Pilot


  • After working with Sidney Lumet in "Find me Guilty", Aleksa was offered the role of Chris in the upcoming Lumet project, "Before The Devil Knows You're Dead". Also starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Albert Finney, Ethan Hawke and Marisa Tomei.
  • Writes music with husband Devon Church. They call themselves Exitmusic, and have an album coming out later this year.
  • In "Manny and Lo", her character Lo was 16 years old, but Aleksa was only 14 at the time.
  • Born and raised in New York City.