Kali Rocha

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Kali Rocha
Born Kali Michele Rocha
(1971-12-05) December 5, 1971 (age 45)
Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1996–present
Spouse(s) Michael Krikorian (m. 2006)
Children 2

Kali Michele Rocha (born December 5, 1971) is an American actress.[1] She is known for portraying Karen Rooney, the mother of four Rooney children and school's vice principal, in the Disney Channel sitcom, Liv and Maddie.[2] She has also co-written four episodes of the show.[3]

Early life[edit]

Rocha was born in Memphis, Tennessee and grew up in Providence, Rhode Island,[4] graduating from Carnegie Mellon School of Drama in 1993.[5]

Career[edit]

Rocha's career began on stage in the August 1993 revival of the Jane Bowles play In the Summer House at the Vivian Beaumont Theater.[6] Since then she has been in multiple Broadway and Off-Broadway productions including Noises Off and Nicky Silver's comedy The Altruists where she created the role of Cybil.[7]

Her on-screen debut was in the 1996 cinematic adaptation of Arthur Miller's The Crucible, as Mercy Lewis. She stood out when she played the Atlantic American flight attendant who argued with Ben Stiller's character at the airport in the 2000 comedy Meet the Parents, a role she reprised in the sequel Meet the Fockers.[8] She also had a recurring role on Buffy the Vampire Slayer as Anya's vengeance demon friend, Halfrek, as well as William the Bloody's love affection, Cecily. Rocha played Stonewall Jackson's wife, Anna in Ron Maxwell's Gods and Generals, an epic drama about the first two years of the American Civil War. Other films include The Object of My Affection, Autumn in New York, White Oleander, When Billie Beat Bobby, and Ready? OK!.

She has appeared on the Will & Grace episode "Strangers With Candice", as a straight woman who flirts with Will. In spring 2006, Rocha began acting in the short-lived NBC sitcom Teachers. She guest-starred in an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as Cindy Marino, an aggressive TV reporter. Also, she appeared on an episode of Bones as a victim's mother. Rocha has also played the character of a fourth-year resident surgeon, Dr. Sydney Heron, at Seattle Grace Hospital in the ABC TV series Grey's Anatomy.

In 2009, Rocha appeared with fellow Buffy the Vampire Slayer alum Emma Caulfield in the film TiMER.[9]

Rocha starred in the first and only season of Sherri starring Sherri Shepherd from The View which was loosely based on Shepherd's life. She played Summer, Sherri's boss and eventual friend. It aired on the Lifetime Network.

Personal life[edit]

In January 2008, Rocha announced that she was pregnant.[10] She gave birth to her son Barlow Aix Krikorian on August 4, 2008, and her daughter Savria Dune Krikorian on January 25, 2011.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1996 Crucible, TheThe Crucible Mercy Lewis
1998 Object of My Affection, TheThe Object of My Affection Melissa Marx
2000 Autumn in New York Shannon
2000 Meet the Parents Flight Attendant
2002 White Oleander Susan Valeris
2003 Gods and Generals Anna Morrison Jackson
2004 Stuck Sasha Short film
2004 Meet the Fockers Flight Attendant
2005 Confessions of an Action Star Beth
2005 Bam Bam and Celeste Angela
2005 Seagull Kali
2006 Falling for Grace Carla
2006 Ira & Abby Tracy
2007 Dead Write Samantha
2007 Ripple Effect Alex
2008 Over Her Dead Body Angel
2008 Ready? OK! Hallie Hinton
2008 John's Hand Terry Short film
2009 TiMER Patty
2009 Stolen Coral
2010 Video Night Kali Video short
2011 Mr. Stache Narrator Short film
2011 Serenity House Marnie Short film
2012 Brake 911 Operator
2014 Space Station 76 Donna
2014 Loft, TheThe Loft Mimi Landry
2016 Lend a Hand for Love Ernestine Short film

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1997 Liberty! The American Revolution Eliza Wilkinson TV miniseries
1998 Love Letter, TheThe Love Letter Flossy Whitcomb TV film
2000 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Cecily Addams 5.07 "Fool for Love"
2001 When Billie Beat Bobby Connie TV film
2001 Cursed (aka The Weber Show) Sophie 1.14 "...And Then Jack Had Two Dates"
2001 Becker Kayla 4.01 "Psycho Therapy"
2002 Family Law Kelly Gilbert 3.21 "Alienation of Affection"
2002 Hack Joyce 1.10 "All Night Long"
2002 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Halfrek 6 episodes (6.12–7.05)
2003 Crossing Jordan Felix Tate 2.20 "Sunset Division"
2003 Will & Grace Stephanie 6.09 "Strangers with Candice"
2005 Family Plan Stacy TV film
2005 Without a Trace Liz Murray 3.15 "Party Girl"
2006 Teachers Principal Emma Wiggins All 6 episodes
2006 Standoff Leanne Benson 1.04 "Partners in Crime"
2006 Bones Jackie Swanson 2.07 "The Girl with the Curl"
2006–07 Grey's Anatomy Dr. Sydney Heron 8 episodes (2.15–4.09)
2007 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Cindy Marino 8.15 "Haystack"
2007 Boston Legal Allison Lovejoy 3.23 "Duck and Cover"
2007 Call, TheThe Call Wendy 'The Wolf' Wolfram TV film
2008 Notes from the Underbelly Paige Bartlett 2.05 "Friends and Neighbors"
2009 Monk Maria Scheter 7.16 "Mr. Monk Fights City Hall"
2009 Sherri Summer Dickie All 13 episodes
2010 $#*! My Dad Says Roberta 1.10 "You Can't Handle the Truce"
2011 Drop Dead Diva Dr. Audrey Foley 3.09 "You Bet Your Life"
2011 Exes, TheThe Exes Deanna 1.05 "An Inconvenient Tooth"
2012 Modern Family Party Planner 3.17 "Leap Day"
2012 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Ms. Fowler 12.20 "Altered Stakes"
2012 Puppy Love Gail TV film
2012 Bits and Pieces Jodi TV film (Liv and Maddie original pilot)
2013-2017 Liv and Maddie Karen Rooney Main role
2016–present Man with a Plan Marcy Burns Recurring role, 13 episodes

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kali Rocha". Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved April 25, 2016.
  2. ^ Quinn, Marie (September 8, 2014). "We talk to Kali Rocha (the mom on) Liv and Maddie on the Disney Channel Set Visit". RedCarpetReportTV.com. Retrieved February 10, 2017.
  3. ^ Half Crazy Mama (March 26, 2015). "New Liv and Maddie Episode co-written by Kali Rocha!". HalfCrazyMama.com. Retrieved February 10, 2017.
  4. ^ "Kali Rocha". Hollywood.com. Retrieved February 12, 2017.
  5. ^ Staff (September 1, 2015). "Alumni on the Small Screen". Carnegie Mellon University. Retrieved February 12, 2017.
  6. ^ "In the Summer House". Playbill. Retrieved September 19, 2016.
  7. ^ Shapiro, Marjorie (March 5, 2000). "Marge Says: The Altruists". Talkin' Broadway. Retrieved December 26, 2015.
  8. ^ "Greg Has to Wait – Meet the Parents Movie Clip". YouTube. Retrieved February 10, 2017.
  9. ^ Genzlinger, Neil (May 14, 2010). "TiMER: A Sci-Fi Love Story". The New York Times. Retrieved April 14, 2011.
  10. ^ TV Guide News (January 31, 2008). "Grey's Anatomy Doc Expecting". TV Guide. Retrieved March 27, 2011.

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