Monica Keena

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Monica Keena
Monica Keena PaleyFest 2011.jpg
Keena at the 2011 PaleyFest
Born (1979-05-28) May 28, 1979 (age 42)
Years active1994–present
Partner(s)Edward Furlong (2009–present)

Monica Keena (born May 28, 1979[1][2]) is an American actress. She made her film debut in While You Were Sleeping (1995), and a lead role as Lilliana "Lilli" Hoffman in Snow White: A Tale of Terror (1997).

She later starred as Lori Campbell in Freddy vs. Jason (2003), and has had roles in the films Brooklyn Rules (2007) and the 2009 remake of Night of the Demons. Keena has also worked in television, starring as Abby Morgan on Dawson's Creek, Rachel Lindquist on the short-lived comedy Undeclared, and Kristen on HBO's Entourage.

Early life[edit]

Keena was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Her parents are William Junior (a financial sales manager with the firm Paine Webber) and Mary Catherine Keena (a nurse). [3] She has a sister, Samantha, who is 2 years older. Monica attended Saint Ann's School, a progressive private school in Brooklyn Heights.[4]

She auditioned for acceptance into LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts at age thirteen. Although she chose the drama department as her preference, she was accepted in both the dramatic and the vocal arts departments. Soon after starting her classes at LaGuardia, Keena played in her first role in a short film, Burning Love.


Keena portrayed Bertha in a stage reading of Strindberg's The Father and had her first starring role playing Lilliana "Lilli" Hoffman in the folktale-inspired film Snow White: A Tale of Terror. She has appeared in numerous television and movie projects including the TBS Original Movie First Daughter and Crime and Punishment in Suburbia which appeared at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival.

Monica appeared in the film While You Were Sleeping, The Simian Line with Lynn Redgrave, and Bad Girls From Valley High with the film eventually released straight to DVD in 2005. In 2003, she played the heroine Lori Campbell in Freddy vs. Jason. In 2006, she played Celia in the film Left in Darkness.

Keena had a recurring role as Abby Morgan on Dawson's Creek and a starring role on the short-lived Undeclared as the college student Rachel. Keena also had guest roles on series such as Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Homicide: Life on the Street, Feds, and Entourage. On the hit ABC medical drama Grey's Anatomy, she appeared in the second season episode "Into You Like A Train" in which she played Bonnie, a patient who was severely injured in a massive train accident. She later reappeared in the third season episode "Some Kind of Miracle" to reprise her role as Bonnie.

Keena appears as Maddie Curtis in Adam Gierasch's straight-to-video 2009 remake Night of the Demons. It was during filming that she became romantically involved with Edward Furlong. He has been arrested three times for attacking her, and on January 15, 2013, was remanded in jail as he was unable to pay bail.[5] Despite years of trouble the two have remained together and also continue to care for Furlong's son and have been seen together on both of their Instagrams and continue to attend fan conventions.[6]


Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
1995 While You Were Sleeping Mary Callaghan
1996 Ripe Violet
1997 Snow White: A Tale of Terror Lilli Hoffman
1997 The Devil's Advocate Alessandra Cullen
1998 All I Wanna Do Tinka Parker
2000 The Simian Line Marta
2000 Crime and Punishment in Suburbia Roseanne Skolnick
2002 Orange County Gretchen
2003 Freddy vs. Jason Lori Campbell
2005 Bad Girls from Valley High Brooke
2005 Man of the House Evie
2005 Long Distance Nicole Freeman
2006 Fifty Pills Petunia
2006 The Lather Effect Warm Leatherette Babe #1
2006 Left in Darkness Celia
2007 Brooklyn Rules Amy
2008 Loaded Brooke
2008 Corporate Affairs Snowy Egret
2008 The Narrows Gina Abruzzi
2009 Fault Line
2009 Night of the Demons Maddie
2010 Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy Herself Documentary film
2012 40 Days and Nights Tessa
2011 Walter Don't Dance Phyliss Short film
2012 Aftermath Elizabeth Originally titled Remnants
2013 Isolated Ambassador for Peace
2013 Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th Herself Documentary film
2017 The Ghost and the Whale Dr. Sweetie Jones
2020 Klaus Eats Butterflies Molly Short film
2021 Zombie Bride Ashley To be released
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
1994 A Promise Kept: The Oksana Baiul Story Oksana Baiul Television film
1995 Law & Order Corey Russell Episode: "Performance"
1997 Feds Tina Walters Episode: "Somebody's Lyin'"
1997 Homicide: Life on the Street Billie Rader Episode: "Double Blind"
1998–1999 Dawson's Creek Abby Morgan Recurring role (seasons 1–2), 14 episodes
1999 First Daughter Jess Hayes TV movie
2001–2003 Undeclared Rachel Lindquist Main role
2003 King of the Hill Various (voice) Episodes: "I Never Promised You an Organic Garden", "Night and Deity"
2004–2005 Entourage Kristen Recurring role, 6 episodes
2005 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Beatrice Onorato Mailer Episode: "Death Roe"
2005 Grey's Anatomy Bonnie Crasnoff Episode: "Into You Like a Train"
2006 Without a Trace Heidi Peyton Episode: "More Than This"
2006 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Madeline Episode: "Built to Kill: Part 2"
2006 All She Wants for Christmas Judith 'Noelle' Dunn TV movie
2007 Ghost Whisperer Holly Newman Episode: "Deja Boo"
2007 Grey's Anatomy Bonnie Crasnoff Episode: "Some Kind of Miracle"
2009 Robot Chicken Executive, Woman (voice) Episode: "President Hu Forbids It"
2010 Private Practice Kayla 3 episodes
2010 The Closer Debbie Shriner Episode: "Last Woman Standing"
2011 Castle Charlene McCann Episode: "Countdown"
2011 Beavis and Butt-head Various Voice roles; 6 episodes
Video game roles
Year Title Role
2006 The Sopranos: Road to Respect Trishelle


  1. ^ Taylor, Matt (2004). "Review". Film Review. Orpheus Publishing (643–647): 1. THE RATHER lovely Miss Keena was born on May 28, 1979 ... Vs Jason, Monica found fame as the character Abby in TV's Dawson's Creek and went on to star in the TV movie First Daughter.
  2. ^ "Monica Keena". AllMovie. Retrieved October 4, 2017.
  3. ^ "Where Are They Now?: Monica Keena". Archived from the original on 2004-06-16.
  4. ^ "Features". Film Review. Orpheus (643–647).
  5. ^ Grossberg, Josh (January 15, 2013). "Edward Furlong Charged With Misdemeanor Battery for Allegedly Shoving Girlfriend". E! Online News UK. Retrieved 2016-12-24.
  6. ^ "mokeenz". www.instagram.

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