Arija Bareikis

Actor, Paralegal
An attractive blonde actress with an honest, unadorned appeal, Arija Bareikis projects a quietly powerful presence that has led to a burgeoning career on both stage and screen. She racked up theater credits in regional ... Read more »
Born: 07/21/1966 in Bloomington, Indiana, USA

Filmography

Actor (23)

The Purge 2013 (Movie)

Mrs. Grace Ferrin (Actor)

The Stand Up 2012 (Movie)

(Actor)

Law & Order 1996 - 1997, 2008 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Oz 1996 - 1997, 2000 - 2001, 2008 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Southland 2008 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Without A Trace 2002, 2008 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Tenderness 2009 (Movie)

Marsha (Actor)

Before the Devil Knows You're Dead 2007 (Movie)

Katherine (Actor)

No Reservations 2007 (Movie)

Christine (Actor)

Dealbreaker 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

Melinda and Melinda 2005 (Movie)

Sally (Actor)

Crossing Jordan 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

John Grisham's A Painted House 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The American Embassy 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

30 Days 2000 (Movie)

Sarah Meyers (Actor)

Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo 1999 (Movie)

Kate (Actor)

Pants on Fire 1999 (Movie)

Nicki (Actor)

Snow Falling on Cedars 1999 (Movie)

Susan Marie Heine (Actor)

The Naked Man 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Myth of Fingerprints 1997 (Movie)

Daphne (Actor)

Ties to Rachel 1997 (Movie)

Rachel (Actor)

Celestial Navigation 1993 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Painted House (Movie)

Kathleen Chandler (Actor)

Biography

An attractive blonde actress with an honest, unadorned appeal, Arija Bareikis projects a quietly powerful presence that has led to a burgeoning career on both stage and screen. She racked up theater credits in regional productions before landing a major Broadway role in 1997 as Sunny Freitag, an Aryan-featured Wesleyan student and Southern Jewish socialite who longs to be a WASP, in Alfred Uhry's Tony Award-winning "The Last Night of Ballyhoo". Bareikis made her film debut in the 1994 short "Celestial Navigation" and followed with the festival-screened independents "Ties to Rachel" (1996) and 1997's "Pants on Fire" before landing a breakthrough role in Bart Freundlich's acclaimed "The Myth of Fingerprints" (also 1997). In the film, she played Daphne, the ex-girlfriend that Noah Wyle's Warren has never gotten over. Through the course of the film the two are reunited and the painful events surrounding their breakup are uncovered. Bareikis offered a very complex and likable characterization as Daphne, an obviously strong and grounded individual trying to release the pain of the past. Her interaction with the comparatively unstable Warren is appropriately tender, and the two display the walk between familiarity and apprehension that exists with an abandoned relationship. The actress could additionally be seen in the Ethan Coen-penned direct-to-video comedy "The Naked Man" (1999). She had her first leading role in a major studio release, starring opposite Rob Schneider in the zany Touchstone comedy "Deuce" (1999).

EDUCATION

Stanford University

Stanford , Connecticut

Actors Studio

New York , New York

Milestones

2002

Had leading role in the midseason replacement series "The American Embassy" (Fox)

2000

Starred in Aaron Harnick's "30 Days" (filmed in 1998)

1999

Appeared in a recurring role as the sister of a slain inmate who falls in love with an imprisoned Muslim leader on "Oz", HBO's acclaimed prison-set series

1999

Played female lead opposite Rob Schneider in "Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo"

1999

Had small role in "Snow Falling on Cedars"

1997

Acted in the feature "The Naked Man" (released directly to video in 1999)

1997

Played featured role in the black comedy "Pants on Fire"

1997

Primetime TV debut in episode of "Law & Order" (NBC)

1997

Had co-starring role as Noah Wyle's old girlfriend in the independent film "The Myth of Fingerprints"

1997

Made Broadway debut in Alfred Uhry's award-winning play "The Last Night of Ballyhoo"

1996

Starred in the independent feature "Ties to Rachel"

1996

Had recurring role on the ABC soap "One Life to Live"

1994

Feature acting debut in small role in "Twisted Tales"

1994

Film acting debut in the short "Celestial Navigation"

1988

Moved to NYC and began taking acting lessons

Appeared at repertory theaters throughout the USA in plays like "Romeo and Juliet" (New Jersey Shakespeare Festival), "The Sweet By'n'By" (Barter Theatre) and "The Visit" (Williamstown Theatre Festival)

Raised in Indiana

Appeared on the daytime dramas "All My Children" (ABC) and "Another World"

Bonus Trivia

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Her name is pronounced AIREE-A BAR-AY-KUSS.

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