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Why Summer Higgins From Yellowstone Looks So Familiar

Season 4 of "Yellowstone" has been a time of revelation for the Dutton family. Season 3 saw several members of the pack barely escape with their lives after a coordinated attack. They may have barely made it, but now, it's time for them to discover who orchestrated the assault. The Duttons have made a lot of enemies over the years, and it appears they're content with making more as they protect their ranch from those who would like to seize the property for their own gains. 

However, things don't slow down for a second in Montana. There's always more going on than meets the eye, and for Season 4, that involves a series of protests designed to liberate animals, led by the vocal Summer Higgins (Piper Perabo). She's the newest face to grace the Yellowstone locale, and by all appearances, she'll play a significant role moving forward in the series. Perabo was an excellent choice to take on the character, given her resume, so let's take a trip down memory lane for you to remember where you've seen the actress before.

Perabo broke out with Coyote Ugly

Piper Perabo hasn't slowed down when it comes to acting. She's remained busy ever since the 1990s, and while she has several noteworthy projects to her name, arguably the part most people recognize the name from is Violet Sanford in 2000's "Coyote Ugly." She's just a girl with dreams of making it in the Big Apple, but her attempts of career advancement appear to get sidelined when she has to take a job as a barmaid at the infamous Coyote Ugly. However, while there, she discovers the true meaning of friendship with her gal pals in the flick that would go on to become a cult classic. 

In an interview with E! News when the film came out, Perabo described it as a good experience all-around, stating, "It was hard, but it was really, really fun." She went on to mention how some audiences may not have given the film a chance because they didn't recognize it was really a love story, but that's ultimately what it is. Fortunately, more people continue to uncover the delight the movie is and the name "Coyote Ugly" lives on.

She stole the show in The Prestige

Christopher Nolan's movies have a nasty tendency to kill off a female character to jumpstart the male protagonist's emotional arc. It happened in "Memento," "The Dark Knight," and "Inception," and you better believe the trope is present in the director's 2006 film, "The Prestige." 

One of Nolan's most underrated projects, "The Prestige," follows rival magicians who engage in a series of acts to one-up one another. The results prove fatal almost immediately when Robert Angier's (Hugh Jackman) wife, Julia (Piper Perabo), dies in a drowning incident after an act goes haywire. Her death serves as the catalyst for the remainder of the story. Angier blames Alfred Borden (Christian Bale) for her death, claiming he used a riskier knot to pull off the stunt.

Her role in the film may have been small, but it sounds as if she enjoyed every second of filming (via Blast Magazine). The actress recounted shooting a scene with Jackman where they were in bed together, and she was rather giddy at the opportunity to get up close and personal with the "Wolverine" star. 

She could most recently be seen in Fox's The Big Leap

Summer Higgins isn't the only role in 2021 keeping Piper Perabo in the spotlight. You could also find her in the newest Fox series, "The Big Leap," as Paula Clark. The show's basically a fictitious account of shows like "Dancing With the Stars," where a group of down-on-their-luck individuals compete for the chance of stardom and riches. They all have their reasons for getting up on stage and dancing, including Paula Clark. She used to have a fairly cushy office job, but now, she wants to push the limits of what she's capable of and taking on a role that would make Violet Sanford proud.

When asked about her character in an interview with Parade, Perabo discussed, "I loved so much that she's a woman who used to be an auto executive — and she gave that up. She gave that up when she went into cancer treatment. Now that she's come through her cancer treatment, she's decided to do what she kind of always dreamed of doing, which is dance, and I felt like a lot of people in the pandemic, in real life, got to take a chance to look at the jobs they're doing and a lot of people changed jobs ... I think that's such a powerful thing to come out of what we've all been through as a globe. I love that this woman was kind of embodying that."

It's a powerful role and proof-positive that Piper Perabo still has what it takes to capture viewers' attention.