Michaela Conlin

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Michaela Conlin
Michaela Conlin at Paleyfest 2012.jpg
Conlin at the Paleyfest in March 2012.
Born (1978-06-09) June 9, 1978 (age 36)
Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States
Occupation Actress
Years active 2001–present

Michaela Conlin (born June 9, 1978) is an American stage and television actress, best known for her work as Angela Montenegro on the Fox TV series Bones.

Early life[edit]

Conlin was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania[1] to a Chinese mother, an accountant,[2] and an Irish father, a contractor.[3] She performed in her first play at the age of six and continued to appear on stage in numerous Pennsylvania community and regional productions. She attended Parkland High School in South Whitehall Township, Pennsylvania, where she starred in productions of Bye Bye Birdie and The Crucible. She graduated from Parkland High School in 1996.

Following her graduation from Parkland High School, Conlin moved to New York City to study acting and was accepted into New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.[1] While working toward her B.F.A. in Theater, she appeared in several productions at the Atlantic Theater Company and the Playwrights Horizons Theater School, Stonestreet Studios Conservatory and traveled to Amsterdam to study with the Experimental Theatre Wing's International Training Program.

Acting career[edit]

Television work[edit]

Following her graduation from NYU, Conlin was chosen to be a part of the cable documentary series The It Factor, which focused on the lives of young actors in New York City. Soon after, she relocated to Los Angeles, California, where she landed her first starring role in the ABC drama series MDs, playing an idealistic young intern taken under the wing of the hospital's two renegade doctors, played by William Fichtner and John Hannah. She followed that with a leading role in the ABC drama series The D.A., playing an outspoken political consultant to Steven Weber's district attorney.

Conlin plays Angela Montenegro in the popular Fox drama, Bones (starring Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz). In the series, Angela is married to Dr. Jack Hodgins (T. J. Thyne), while her father is ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons who plays a fictionalized version of himself. Angela's full name is Angela Pearly Gates Montenegro, with Pearly Gates also being the name of Gibbons' Les Paul guitar. In 2008 Conlin was nominated for an Asian Excellence Award in the category of Supporting Television actress, for her role on Bones.[4]

Films[edit]

In addition to her television work, Conlin portrayed Detective Heidi Sobel in the 2011 drama film, The Lincoln Lawyer, opposite Matthew McConaughey, Marisa Tomei and Bryan Cranston.

She appeared as May in Enchanted, starring Amy Adams, but her lines were trimmed for the final cut. The deleted scene is included among the DVD bonus features.

Conlin has also appeared in Open Window opposite Robin Tunney and Love the Hard Way with Adrien Brody.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2001 Love the Hard Way Cara
2002 Pipe Dream TV reporter
2002 Garmento Marcy
2006 Open Window Miranda
2007 Enchanted May
2011 The Lincoln Lawyer Heidi Sobel
2015 Baby, Baby, Baby Courtney Lee Post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2001 Law & Order Rocky Episode: "Swept Away - A Very Special Episode"
2002 The Division House director Episode: "Illusions"
2002 MDs Dr. Maggie Yang 10 episodes
2003 JAG Lt. Mary Nash Posse Comitatus"
2003 The D.A. Jinette McMahon Unknown episodes
2005–present Bones Angela Montenegro 190 episodes

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