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Paulo currently stars as the naive and immature, yet intelligent "Michael" on NBC's comedy series "Joey". Michael is the nephew of "Joey Tribbiani", the popular character from the long time running comedy series "Friends". Costanzo made his feature film debut in the DreamWorks hit “Road Trip.” He has gone on to star opposite Josh Hartnett in “40 Days and 40 Nights” for Miramax and co-starred opposite Alicia Silverstone and Woody Harrelson in the independent project “Scorched.” He also appeared in “Josie and the Pussycats.” In addition to various television productions, Costanzo has also performed on stage in Canadian productions of “Bogeyman” and “The Good Doctor.” Paulo currently resides in Los Angeles. He was born on September 21, 1978, in Brampton, Ontario, Canada. He played an alien for two seasons on the kid's show "Animorphs."
In the years he was attending elementary school Paulo was involved in a car accident in which he broke both of his legs. For years afterwards he kept a jar on his mantle with the staples from his leg in it. He starred as Tony in his high school production of "West Side Story". His mother writes and sings her own music. She released an album under her full name. Paulo is only five years younger than Drea de Matteo who plays his mother on "Joey." "I'm very insecure. I have low self-esteem just like a lot of actors do," says Paulo Costanzo.
Often described as a dead ringer for Jerry Seinfeld with Kramer hair, Paulo Costanzo made his mark as a movie actor in teen comedies in the early 2000s. Native Canadian Costanzo began performing in high school, starring in his school's production of West Side Story. Further cutting his thespian teeth in Toronto theater, Costanzo subsequently moved to TV roles after high school. Along with such lighter TV movies as The Don's Analyst (1997) and My Date With the President's Daughter (1998), Costanzo played a Jewish teen hiding from the Germans during World War II in Rescuers: Stories of Courage (1997). Adding science fiction to the mix, Costanzo also became a regular on the TV series Animorphs (1998) and Psi Factor (1999).
Costanzo got his major movie break when he was cast as a stoner friend who comes along for the titular expedition in the outrageous comedy hit Road Trip (2000). Continuing to act in high-profile youth-oriented movie projects, Costanzo next played the Pussycats' loyal road manager in the screen adaptation of Josie and the Pussycats (2001). Despite its hyped release and attempts to send up itself and teen-consumer culture, however, Josie and the Pussycats failed to catch on with the target audience. Costanzo had relatively better box-office luck with the romantic comedy 40 Days and 40 Nights (2002). As Josh Hartnett's roommate, Costanzo was on hand to provide humorous commentary regarding Hartnett's quest to abstain from sex for the eponymous time span
More fun stuff about Paulo Costanzo
You'll See Him In: NBC's Joey, as designated family smart-ass Michael Tribbiani.
Previous Gig: Road Trip's designated smart-ass Rubin Carver.
Why You Should Care: Because there's a good chance you'll spend your Thursday nights with this guy for next seven years.
Something He Said: "You can't modify yourself to become what they're looking for--you gotta show 'em something you."
Paulo Costanzo co-stars in the new comedy show ''Joey''
Matt LeBlanc continues to play the beloved "Friends" character of Joey Tribbianni. Now that his "Friends" have moved on, the aspiring actor moves to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. He lives there with his sister Gina, played by Drea de Matteo, who has a 20-year-old genius son, Michael (played by Paulo Costanzo). Joey also becomes friends with his new neighbor, Allison (played by Ashley Scott) who he may end up fallen for.
Besides Joey, the three other show regulars are:
Gina: Joey's sister is an attractive hairdresser living in Los Angeles with her son, whom she dotes on (or smothers, depending on who you ask). In her late 30's, she is probably smarter than Joey and blessed with the Tribbiani family's good looks; she also has a way with men, much like Joey has with women. Inappropriate at times, she's a strong woman who isn't afraid to speak her mind. Although she enjoyed a wild youth, raising her son has grounded her. She has a great relationship with Joey, and although she enjoys teasing her little brother, their bond couldn't be stronger.
Michael: This 21-year-old is Gina's son and Joey's nephew. He is described as appealingly attractive -- but not necessarily in an obvious way and he is definitely not aware of it -- and highly intelligent, as well as is much more booksmart than streetsmart, much to the surprise of his family. Raised in the San Fernando Valley, he is currently attending graduate school at CalTech. Despite all he has going for him, he is still a little awkward socially, with the casting notes describing Adam Brody's Seth Cohen from The O.C. as a character archetype.