Known to television viewers as the sexy siren on MTV's The Real World: Las Vegas, Trishelle Canatella returns to heat things up on reality television again on The WB's series The Surreal Life.
Canatella was born and raised in a small, ultra-conservative town in the bayou of Louisiana. Her mother, a devout Southern Baptist, took Canatella and the family to church four times a week. A strong-willed, independent child, Canatella was involved in every school club and sport. She especially enjoyed art class, drama club, singing and playing the piano. At the age of 12, with a screechy voice, Canatella made a tape of herself singing the Vanessa Williams song Save the Best for Last for her mom, who thought it was the best thing ever. Sadly, when Canatella was only 14, her mom passed away. After the tragedy, Canatella found herself slowly growing away from the church. She became less interested in school and spent more time partying with her friends.
After graduating high school, Canatella attended the University of Southern Mississippi, majoring in Advertising. Three classes shy of graduating, Canatella heard about a casting call for a reality show. Though she was not cast in this series, it wasn't long until she joined the cast of MTV's The Real World: Las Vegas. She moved to Las Vegas and spent five months living in the Palms Casino Hotel with six strangers she learned to call friends and one person who became more than a friend. Canatella soon learned that her sweet Louisiana belle reputation would not survive Sin City. With her exploits on tape, Canatella made the best of every situation and learned from the experience.
Following Canatella's appearance on The Real World, she kept busy doing campus tours, nightclub promotions and posing for Playboy's Girls of Reality TV pictorial and DVD. She has made guest appearances on MTV's Road Rules: Campus Crawl, The Tom Green Show, VH1's Inside Real World and MTV's Punk'd.
Recently, Canatella appeared in MTV's The Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Gauntlet. She has also tried her hand at acting, appearing in the ensemble Off-Broadway production Pieces of Ass.
Taking a break from reality, Canatella resides in Los Angeles with fellow reality TV star and southerner Katie, from MTV's Road Rules season 10.