AMY PIETZ as Annie Spadaro
Amy Pietz stars as Annie Spadaro, Caroline's savvy and street-smart neighbor and confidant in the hit comedy series Caroline in the City. Over the course of four years, Annie has been a professional dancer in the long-running Broadway production of "Cats," and a fledging actress in a Hollywood television pilot and various commercials.
Pietz grew up in the Milwaukee suburb of Oak Creek, and she credits her Midwestern roots with helping to keep her grounded. In that respect, she mirrors the character of Annie. "Annie is outspoken and unpretentious," Pietz observes. "She knows who she is, and she's not afraid to say what's on her mind."
Pietz made her feature film debut in the holiday comedy Jingle All The Way, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. On the small screen, she starred in NBC's Call for Help, a telefilm about domestic violence, and the ABC thriller All Lies End in Murder.
A role in a junior high production of Oliver! inspired Pietz to pursue acting as a profession. Upon graduation from the Milwaukee High School of the Arts, she attended DePaul University, where she earned a B.F.A. in acting and was honored with DePaul's Theatre School Award for Excellence in the Arts.
After college, Pietz hit the Chicago theater scene for two years, where she appeared in several productions for such companies as Steppenwolf and Organic and co-founded the Eclipse Theatre Company. When her agency sent her to Los Angeles for pilot season, Pietz landed a small role in Star Trek: The Next Generation. She also met a casting agent who would later provide her with the break she needed -- her first regular series role on the Warner Bros. network comedy Muscle.
Less than a month after finishing Muscle, Pietz auditioned for the role of Annie on Caroline in the City. Citing her "incredible energy" and "ability to deliver a joke," the show's creators quickly decided she was right for the part.