At heart, Perette is a southern girl. She spoke to Wane about her childhood growing up in the south, and made it clear that her roots are something that she still treasures. Born in New Orleans, she says that her family moved 13 times, with her father's piece of Alabama property being the only real, regular "solid home base that we've ever had."
For the interview, Perrette wore a flannel shirt that she says has been kicking around her family since her dad's youth, something that she's kept as a physical reminder of where she came from, along with pictures of her father wearing the same shirt.
Growing up, she said that she had never thought about heading to California for a life in front of the camera, and according to Perrette, it was a complete accident. "My dad is a firefighter and as are all my cousins, and I am incredibly proud of that. But this is all me being out here, and it's a total accident and it's really strange. I am the only person in my family that's in the entertainment industry. And I studied sociology, psychology and criminal science in school, so this was just a complete accident."
She credits (at least, in part) her southern upbringing for her interest in civil and human rights. Growing up in an area on the front lines of the civil rights movement, she says she was always deeply impacted by the words and work of Martin Luther King, Jr., and still cites him as a major inspiration for all she does.