Despite all the bar-dancing, both Perabo and Banks had Coyote Ugly
’s larger themes in mind.
“Since women run the bar, they encourage other women to get
up on the bar and it's definitely deals with issues of empowerment,” Perabo
said on set. “We can and we will dance on the bar.”
Perabo's character, Violet Stanford, was the newest bartender, trying to earn her place among the coyotes -- Cammie (Izabella Miko), Rachel (Bridget Moynahan), and Lil (Bello) -- and carve out her place in New York City as a successful songwriter.
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“The movie is about dreams,” Banks adds. The model turned
actress played Zoe, an aspiring lawyer who worked at Coyote to pay her way
through school. “It's about seeing a dream and knowing that can't always see
the dream and reach out and conquer it. There's little baby steps that you have
to take to get to where you want, where you want to be.”