In the mid-2000s, the name Julianna Rose Mauriello was synonymous with the energetic, pink-haired character Stephanie from the popular children’s show “LazyTown.”
With her infectious enthusiasm and catchy musical numbers, Mauriello quickly became a household name, captivating the hearts of millions of young viewers worldwide.
But as the curtains closed on “LazyTown” and the years rolled on, many fans began to wonder: where did the bubbly actress disappear to?
Born on May 26, 1991, in Irvington, New York, Julianna was inspired by her siblings’ theatrical pursuits. She attended the Professional Performing Arts School in New York City, honing her acting skills. Julianna’s early life was marked by theater performances and learning various dance forms, including ballet, tap, jazz, and Irish step dancing.
Julianna’s acting journey began at six with a small role in “Sesame Street: Fiesta!” in 1997. She voiced the character ThreeJune in “Midori’s Nintendoland Bakery” and its movie adaptation in 2003.
“LazyTown” was a significant success on Nick Jr., promoting healthy living among children. Julianna, portraying Stephanie, became the heart of the show. She appeared in 52 episodes across the first two seasons from 2004 to 2007 and in 26 episodes of “LazyTown Extra” in 2008. Her departure from the show in 2008 was due to aging out of her character.
After “LazyTown,” Julianna took a more mature role in the short film “A Fix” in 2008, addressing teenage issues like bullying. However, she eventually stepped away from acting.
Life After Acting
In 2014, Julianna Rose Mauriello bid farewell to her acting career, choosing to pursue academic achievements over the limelight. Her educational journey began at the Professional Performing Arts School in Manhattan, a nurturing ground for talents like Claire Danes, Sarah Hyland, and Alicia Keys, where she honed her acting skills.
Continuing her academic pursuit, Julianna attended Middlebury College, graduating in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, complemented by minors in French and Dance. This accomplishment reflected her strong work ethic and dedication to personal growth.
Not stopping there, Julianna furthered her education at Columbia University, earning a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy in 2018.
What is Julianna Rose Mauriello doing now?
Following her departure from acting, Julianna Rose Mauriello has successfully transitioned into the field of occupational therapy, with a focus on pediatrics, gaining initial experience through internships and roles as a teaching assistant. Her journey in occupational therapy has included clinical fieldwork at the Afya Foundation and SPOTS, a stint at the Isabella Geriatric Center, culminating in her role as an occupational therapist at The Quad Preparatory School from 2018 to 2021.
Since 2021, Julianna has been applying her expertise in pediatric occupational therapy settings, continuing to build on her extensive background in education and clinical training.
Death of Stefan Karl Stefansson
When LazyTown star Stefan Karl Stefansson died in 2018, Julianna paid a tribute to him on her social media and offered these words:
“Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. I always will be dancing right beside you. But I know you are not alone, you have my mom and grandma. Please watch over me. I will try to stay strong.”