Any teenager or young adult born between mid-nineties and early 2000s must have certainly grown up watching LazyTown. Remember that colourful kiddie series which aired on Nickelodeon from 2003, the one that had eight-year-old Stephanie (played by Julianna Rose Mauriello) on it?
The show which was dubbed into not less than thirty languages (including Icelandic) and aired in over 180 countries, centres around an eight-year-old girl – Stephanie, who moves to LazyTown to live with her uncle, Mayor Meanswell, only to be shocked by the inactive lifestyles all of her neighbours lead.
With the help of a superhero named Sportacus, Stephanie tries to teach the inhabitants of LazyTown how to partake in more athletic pastimes. Her aim actually, is to get the residents of the town moving and did she succeed? Well, you may need to find that out for yourself.
Julianna Rose Mauriello, unfortunately, left the show after the second season because she grew old for the role and was replaced by Chloe Lang. Not much has been heard about the child actor ever since as she doesn’t seem to be into acting anymore. Where is she now and what is she into? Find out more below.
Who Is Julianna Rose Mauriello?
Mauriello is an Italian-born American actress, singer and dancer who was born in Irvington, New York, on the 26th day of May 1991. She is of Irish, Italian and German descent. Her father is Italian and her mother is German with Irish roots.
Julianna was attracted to the arts at quite an early age having come from a family with a background in performing arts. Her older siblings were involved in the arts and she grew up watching them performing at various school plays and theatre performances and these fueled her love for the arts the more. Her older sister, Alex Mauriello is also an actress.
She got enrolled in an Irish stunt dancing lessons, at an early age. She is also skilled in gymnastics, ballet, jazz dance and jigging. She also took part in commercials and text reading and eventually attended the New York Professional Performing Arts School.
As a child, she featured in a party scene of the Nutcracker at SUNY Purchase. Her first stage debut came in the year 2002 when she appeared in classic Oklahoma as Lil Titch. After this, she played in a musical fable Gypsy. The following year, she got the role of Stephanie in the Nickelodeon children series, LazyTown – which brought her so much fame.
Mauriello also speaks a little of the Icelandic language which she learned during the LazyTown’s Icelandic shooting. During her time there, she hosted Iceland’s EDDA Awards and also appeared in broadcasts and presentations in 70 countries and 5 continents of the world.
She also appeared in some TV commercials, special films and worked with Disney Entertainment, Volvo, Wendy’s, and AstraZeneca (Nexium).
In 2006, she was nominated by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for its Daytime Emmy Award, in the category of Outstanding Performer in a Children’s Series.
With the wonderful future ahead of her in the entertainment industry, why did she suddenly disappear from the spotlight, where is she and what has become of her? Let’s attempt to answer all of that in the next paragraph.
Where Is She Today?
After her role in LazyTown, Julianna left the spotlight to dedicate more time to her studies. In February 2018, the LazyTown star announced via her official Instagram that she has now qualified as an Occupational Therapist and is now looking for jobs.
Before now, she has made some contributions to the fashion industry and done some designing jobs. She has also worked on the series LazyTown Extra from 2008 to 2014.
A rumour making the rounds has it that Julianna Rose Mauriello is a lesbian. She has allegedly been in a relationship with Amanda Burwasser (2004-2008). This claim has, however, not been confirmed as the multi-talented actress is a bit secretive about her personal life. Besides, she has also been linked with U.S rapper Lil Jon.
Other Facts About Julianna Rose Mauriello
Julianna stands at 5’5 with her body measurements put at 34-24-32 inches. Her net worth is estimated as $2 million.
She is a purse-o-holic with over 60 purse and handbags in her collection.
She is a fan of The Simpsons.