Because of her roles in films such as “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang,” “Gone Baby Gone,” “Eagle Eye,” “Source Code,” and “Patriots Day,” Michelle Monaghan has gained a significant amount of notoriety over the course of her career.
In addition to this, she is well-known for her leading role in three of the “Mission: Impossible” films, in which she starred opposite Tom Cruise. In addition to that, Monaghan has had starring roles in a number of television shows, such as “True Detective,” “The Path,” and “Messiah.”
Early years of life and the start of a career
Michelle Monaghan was born on March 23, 1976 in the teeny-tiny town of Winthrop, Iowa to her mother Sharon, who ran a daycare, and her father Robert, who worked in a factory.
Her ancestry includes both German and Irish, and she has two older brothers who go by the names Bob and John. Monaghan received his secondary education at East Buchanan High School when he was a teenager. After she received her diploma, she uprooted her life and moved to Chicago to pursue a journalism degree at Columbia College Chicago.
She began her career as a model in the Windy City, a profession that took her all over the world to places such as Singapore, Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Milan. Monaghan made the decision to leave college in 1999 to pursue an acting career in New York when she had only one semester left before she would have completed her degree requirements. She continued her career as a model there, appearing in a variety of publications such as magazines and catalogs.
Breakthroughs in Film Industry Careers
In the improvised ensemble film “Perfume,” which Monaghan appeared in as a model in 2001, she made her debut as an actress in the film industry. She had a supporting role in the erotic thriller “Unfaithful” the following year, which starred Diane Lane and Richard Gere. Monaghan made an appearance in the drama comedy “It Runs in the Family” in the year 2003. The following year, in 2004, he had roles in the action thriller sequel “The Bourne Supremacy” as well as the drama comedy “Winter Solstice.”
The actress had her biggest year yet in 2005, when she appeared in four films. They were the action comedy “Mr. & Mrs. Smith,” with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie; the drama “North Country,” starring Charlize Theron; the black comedy crime film “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang,” costarring Val Kilmer and Robert Downey Jr.; and the action spy sequel “Mission: Impossible III.”
In the latter, Monaghan played Julia Meade, the fiancée of Tom Cruise’s main character Ethan Hunt; she would reprise this role in two of the franchise’s later sequels, 2011’s “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” and 2018’s “Mission: Impossible – Fallout.”
Further Film Career
Monaghan continued to land major roles following her 2005 breakthroughs. In 2007, she had a leading role opposite Casey Affleck in the crime thriller “Gone Baby Gone,” and another leading role opposite Ben Stiller in the remake of “The Heartbreak Kid.” The following year, Monaghan starred in the romantic comedy “Made of Honor,” the action thriller “Eagle Eye,” and the independent drama “Trucker.”
In 2010, she was in Sofia Coppola’s “Somewhere” and Todd Phillips’ black comedy road film “Due Date.” Monaghan followed this with starring roles in the science-fiction action thriller “Source Code”; the biographical action drama “Machine Gun Preacher”; the thrillers “Tomorrow You’re Gone” and “Penthouse North”; and the comedy “Expecting.”
In 2014, Monaghan earned strong reviews for her leading performance in “Fort Bliss,” in which she played a decorated US Army medic and single mother struggling to reconnect with her young son after returning from an extended tour in Afghanistan. The same year, the actress had starring roles in “Better Living Through Chemistry,” “Playing it Cool,” and the Nicholas Sparks adaptation “The Best of Me.”
Monaghan’s subsequent credits included the science-fiction action comedy “Pixels,” the thriller “Patriots Day,” the crime drama “Sleepless,” and the mystery film “The Vanishing of Sidney Hall.” In 2018, she portrayed famed immigration attorney Judy Wood in the biopic “Saint Judy.” Monaghan followed this with roles in “The Craft: Legacy,” “Every Breath You Take,” “Spinning Gold,” “Blood,” and “Nanny.”
Monaghan made her debut as a television actress in the role of Caroline Busse in two episodes of the short-lived television series “Young Americans” in the year 2000. After that, she became a recurring character on episodes of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and “Hack.” Monaghan appeared on multiple episodes of the Fox drama “Boston Public” as the character Kimberly Woods between the years 2002 and 2003.
It wasn’t until much later, in the first season of the HBO anthology crime series “True Detective,” that she landed her first major part on television. She played Maggie Hart in that season. Between the years 2016 and 2018, Monaghan appeared alongside Aaron Paul in the Hulu streaming series “The Path.”
This part was far larger than her previous lead role. After this, in the year 2020, Monaghan was cast in the leading role of CIA agent Eva Geller on the Netflix streaming series “Messiah.” However, the series did not have a long run. Following this, the actress was selected to play the lead parts of Leni and Gina, a pair of identical twins, in the Australian miniseries “Echoes.”
In 2005, Monaghan tied the knot with Australian graphic artist Peter White in Port Douglas, Queensland. The couple had initially met at a party five years prior. They have a daughter named Willow, and a son named Tommy, both of whom were born to them as a couple.
The year 2007 saw Michelle and Peter purchase a home in the Hollywood Hills for the price of $1.5 million. They received $1,565,000 for the sale of the home in 2016.
The actress and model Michelle Monaghan has accumulated a net worth of $13 million throughout the course of her career.