In the early 2000s, LazyTown combined live-action, puppetry, and CGI to deliver a message about the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Central to this world was Stephanie, the pink-haired girl who inspired LazyTown’s residents to be active and healthy. The character was brought to life by Julianna Rose Mauriello in the show’s first two seasons.
Born in Irvington, New York, on May 26, 1991, Julianna began her acting journey at a young age. Before LazyTown, she had already made her mark in theatre, showcasing her talents in productions like “The Nutcracker,” “Oklahoma!” and “Gypsy: A Musical Fable.” Her commitment to her craft was evident, and it wasn’t long before she landed the role of Stephanie, a character that would make her a household name.
Julianna’s portrayal of Stephanie was not just limited to the TV screen. She also played the character in “LazyTown Extra,” a spin-off series. However, as time passed, Julianna decided to step away from the role, feeling she had outgrown it. Chloe Lang took over the role for the show’s final two seasons.
What happened to Julianna after LazyTown?
After leaving the world of LazyTown, Julianna made a few more appearances in the entertainment industry, including a stint on “The Doc Files.” However, she soon decided to shift her focus to education. She pursued a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Middlebury College, with minors in French and Dance. Not stopping there, she furthered her education at Columbia University, obtaining a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy.
Julianna’s passion for helping others led her to various roles in the educational sector. She worked as a teaching assistant, both at the College Street Children’s Center and in public schools. Her dedication to children’s well-being was further highlighted by her work as an occupational therapist, specializing in pediatrics.
Away from work, Julianna maintains a presence on social media, where she shares snippets of her life. Her Instagram account has over 32,000 followers, showcasing her current life, filled with memories, family, friends, and a boyfriend. While she may have stepped away from the limelight, her impact as Stephanie remains etched in the memories of many.
LazyTown, with its catchy songs and memorable characters, left an indelible mark on children’s television. And while the show may have ended, the lessons it imparted and the joy it brought to countless children worldwide ensure its legacy will live on.