Michelle Lynn Monaghan is an American actress. She is best known for her starring roles in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Gone Baby Gone, Made of Honor, Eagle Eye, Trucker, Source Code, Pixels, and Patriots Day.
American actress Michelle Lynn Monaghan's first notable roles were in episodes of Young Americans, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, both in 2001. That year she also her big-screen debut in the movie “Perfume” (2001), followed by another small role in “Unfaithful” (2002).
Monaghan had her big break in 2002 when she co-starred in the television series Boston Public. Monaghan is better known for her roles in “Mission: Impossible III”, “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang”, “Gone Baby Gone”, “Made of Honor”, “The Heartbreak Kid” and “Eagle Eye”.
Monaghan met Australian graphic artist Peter White at a party in 2000. They were married in August 2005 and live in New York. She gave birth to her daughter Willow Katherine White on November 5, 2008.
Within merely several years, Michelle Lynn Monaghan has wonderfully compiled such an amazing resume along with her career as an American actress. Successfully gaining a number of high-profile appearances either in small or big screen productions, this comely brunette, without doubt, has positioned herself as one of the rising stars in the Hollywood film industry. With the natural talent and beauty she possesses, it seems very possible for her to embrace wide recognition as an influential entertainment figure in this universe.
A genuine Iowa country girl, Michelle was born on March 23, 1976, to Bob and Sharon Monaghan in the small town of Winthrop. Raised along with her two older brothers, John and Bob, she decided to leave her hometown shortly after her high school graduation to pursue a degree in journalism at Chicago's Columbia College. In order to pay the tuition, the youngster afterward took a side job as a model for catalogs which surprisingly went quite well. Showered with heavy demand for print ads, she eventually gave up her study, thus set out to work full-time in modeling.
As her parents, fortunately, were very supportive of her decision, Michelle walked freely to New York where she later flourished her status through the runways plus a number of poses in magazines and catalogs. It was also during this period that she began to grow a fondness for acting, immediately earning her TV debut in Warner Bros' drama series, "Young Americans" (2000). This was shortly followed by an initial film appearance in "Perfume" (2001) which sadly went unnoticed.
Not discouraged, Michelle kept looking for another chance, this time satisfyingly made her way to gain people's attention through a supporting role in "Unfaithful" (2002) alongside Richard Gere and Diane Lane. However, it was FOX's hit series "Boston Public" (2002-2003) that ultimately catapulted her to the spotlight when her brilliant portrayal of an idealistic young high school teacher named Kimberly Woods garnered a positive response from both critics and viewers. This breakthrough automatically gave her a wider opportunity to craft her name in the entertainment industry for sure.
After her role in the series came to its end by 2003, Michelle put full concentration on the big screen productions, starring in "It Runs in the Family" (2003) and "Winter Solstice" (2004) alongside Anthony LaPaglia and Allison Janney. Following the tremendous commercial success of her next film, "The Bourne Supremacy" (2004), she then joined Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in another box office hit "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" (2005) before took part in Niki Caro's drama flick entitled "North Country" (2005). Teamed up with Charlize Theron, she played a co-worker of the Oscar winner's character who experienced sexual harassment at a local mining company in Northern Minnesota.
Less than a month after the release of "Country", the audience finally found Michelle as the female lead in "Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang." In this black comedy, she portrayed a struggling actress who is involved in a murder mystery, thus helps Robert Downey Jr. and Val Kilmer to reveal the truth behind the incident. Happily married to her longtime sweetheart, Pete White, since August 2005, the beauty continued to strike hard for she later appeared opposite Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise in 2006's "Mission: Impossible 3" which remarkably grossed $397.9 million worldwide. More high-profile stints followed afterward, such as those in "Gone Baby Gone" (2007), "The Heartbreak Kid" (2007), and "Eagle Eye" (2008).