Maria Menounos was born in Medford Massachusetts in 1978. At 18 she won Miss Massachusetts Teen U.S.A. Her parents wanted her to take on something more practical then acting but Maria liked performing and producing. She performed in a few independent films and then went to Emerson College where she learned some journalism. In 2001 she earned herself a spot on Channel One news and even got a one-on-one interview with President George Bush. While at a pageant she met Entertainment Tonight co-host Bob Goen and took the opportunity. By 2002 Maria was a reporter on ET. Her superiors were very impressed with her they offered her the chance to work on MTV and VH1. By 2005 she quit ET and decided to pursue acting. She got a deal with NBC/Universal that would enable her to act and work on TV. She got a big break in the movie Fantastic 4. Maria has since split her time on The Today Show, and Access Hollywood. She has even had small roles on TV shows like Without a Trace, One Tree Hill, and Scrubs.