Monica Potter (born June 30, 1971) is an American actress, best known for her roles in films Con Air (1997), Patch Adams (1998), Along Came a Spider (2001), and Saw (2004). She recently appeared as Kristina Braverman in the NBC drama series Parenthood, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award.
Monica was born on June 30, 1971 in Cleveland, Ohio to Nancy and Paul Brokaw. Her mother, Nancy, was a secretary in a hospital, and her father, Paul Brokaw, invented the first flame-resistant car wax. Potter is the eldest of four (Kerry, Jessica, and Brigette). Her maternal grandparents were Irish immigrants, and she was raised Catholic.
During her childhood, she was part of the St. Jerome Parish in Cleveland, and attended the local elementary, as well as Villa Angela Academy, before graduating from Euclid High School. She also spent part of her early years in Arab, Alabama. Potter had wanted to be an actress since childhood. She began acting at the Cleveland Play House when she was in elementary school. Starting at age 12, she worked at a flower shop, did some modeling for newspaper and magazine ads and some local commercials. She also did a few commercials in Chicago, went to Miami to film a Seinfeld pilot and then moved to Los Angeles in 1994...
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