Michelle Monaghan was born in Winthrop Iowa in 1976. After she graduated from high school she moved to Chicago to go to Columbia University to pursue a degree in Journalism. 3 years into her schooling she decided to quit when she discovered she would have to start off in a small market like Iowa. It was then that she decided to try modeling and before she knew it her career was taking her around the world. She also made her first TV debut on Young Americans. She has since made appearances on Law and Order SVU and Perfume. She has since had roles in movies like Unfaithful, The Bourne Supremacy, Constantine, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, North Country, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Mission Impossible III. She even had a role on the TV show Boston Public.