Michelle Lynn Monaghan (born March 23, 1976) is an American actress known for her roles in Mission: Impossible III and Ghost Protocol, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Gone Baby Gone, Made of Honor, The Heartbreak Kid, Eagle Eye, Source Code, and True Detective.
Monaghan was born in Winthrop, Iowa to parents Sharon Monaghan, who ran a day care center in the family's home for 40 years, and Robert Monaghan, a factory worker. She is the youngest of three children, with two brothers, Bob and John. Her parents brought up twelve foster children over a period of twelve years. Monaghan was raised Catholic.
She graduated from East Buchanan High School in 1994, where she was class president and acted in several plays. After graduation, she moved to Chicago to study journalism at Columbia College Chicago and began to model. She modeled in Milan, Singapore, Tokyo and Hong Kong, as well as in the United States. With one semester remaining to complete her journalism degree in 1999, she left for New York to pursue an acting career, where she appeared as a model in several magazines and catalogs before making her acting debut...
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