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, Boardwalk Empire, Wrong Turn 2: Dead End, and Before the Devil Knows You're Dead.
Life and career
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 Adrian 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 2004, Palladino 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, director Sidney Lumet offered Palladino the role of Chris Lasorda in Before the Devil Knows You're Dead. She then appeared in The Picture of Dorian Gray, based on the novel by Oscar Wilde, and landed a supporting role in the acclaimed horror sequel Wrong Turn 2: Dead End.
Palladino's next role came in the critically acclaimed HBO's series Boardwalk Empire, in which she played Angela Darmody.
She currently is the lead singer and songwriter of the band Exitmusic. In 2012 Exitmusic released their full-length album, Passage, on the indie label Secretly Canadian.
She is also a series regular on the AMC series Halt and Catch Fire as Sara Wheeler.