Bridget Moynahan is a popular American actress and model. She began her career when she was in her teens, appearing in several advertisements. Throughout the 1990s, she appeared as a popular cover girl, gracing the covers and pages of well-known magazines like ‘Vogue,’ ‘Elle,’ ‘Shape,’ ‘Glamour,’ and ‘New Woman.’ After spending sufficient time in the modeling world, Moynahan started taking acting lessons. Her acting skills landed her a guest role in the famous TV series ‘Sex and the City.’ Later on, she made her big screen debut and went on to appear in many blockbuster films, including ‘The Sum of All Fears,’ ‘Coyote Ugly,’ and ‘The Recruit.’ Since then, the actress has been doing commercials, television series, and movies simultaneously. There’s something really fascinating about Bridget Moynahan’s personality. Standing tall at five feet and ten inches, the actress has a wonderful physique. Her long legs have always been the ‘talk of the town’ as they help accentuate her sex appeal. Besides her physique, the actress’s confidence while facing the camera is also truly commendable. Her distinctive personality is the reason she found a spot on ‘Maxim’ magazine’s annual ‘Hot 100’ list in 2006.
Childhood & Early Life
Bridget Moynahan was born Kathryn Bridget Moynahan on April 28, 1971, in Binghamton, New York, USA, to Irish American parents.
Her mother Mary Bridget was a school teacher and her father Edward Bradley Moynahan was a scientist and former administrator at the ‘University of Massachusetts Amherst.’ The actress has two brothers, Sean and Andy.
Moynahan spent her childhood in Longmeadow, Massachusetts. She completed her graduation in 1989 from ‘Longmeadow High School.’
After completing graduation, she started modeling and did several commercials. During that time, she attended the ‘University of Massachusetts Amherst.’
Later on, Bridget Moynahan began taking acting lessons from ‘Caymichael Patten Studio,’ New York.
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During her late-teens, Bridget Moynahan did photo shoots for magazines like ‘Vogue’ and ‘Elle.’
In 1999, she made her television debut as ‘Natasha Naginsky’ in HBO’s ‘Sex and the City.’ She portrayed the character of a woman who marries Carrie’s (Sarah Jessica Parker) boyfriend ‘Mr. Big.’ The following year, the actress did small roles in films like ‘Whipped’ and ‘In the Weeds.’
Bridget Moynahan got her big break in the 2000 drama film ‘Coyote Ugly.’ In this comedy film, she portrayed the character of ‘Rachel,’ a bartender/dancer. Although the film garnered negative critical reviews, it was a box-office success.
The actress next landed a supporting role as ‘Halley’ in the 2001 film ‘Serendipity.’
She was then cast in the action film ‘The Sum of All Fears’ alongside Morgan Freeman and Ben Affleck. She played a strong and independent woman in the 2002 film.
Her next role was of a CIA trainee in the 2003 thriller film ‘The Recruit.’ In 2004, Moynahan was cast alongside Will Smith in the science-fiction movie ‘I, Robot.’ In the film, the actress portrayed ‘Dr. Susan Calvin,’ a specialist in robot psychology. Although the film generated mixed reviews, it turned out to be the actress’ most commercially successful movie.
Moynahan‘s next movie was ‘Lord of War’ which released in 2005. In this political crime thriller, she appeared as ‘Ava Fontaine.’ In November 2006, she appeared in a thriller titled ‘Unknown.’ The film narrates the story of a group of individuals who are kidnapped.
The actress was then cast as ‘Helen Owen’ in Henry Bean's comedy-drama ‘Noise.’ This movie was screened at the 2007 ‘Rome Film Festival.’ It was then released in theaters in the year 2008.
Bridget Moynahan starred alongside Aaron Eckhart, Michael Peña, and Michelle Rodriguez in ‘Battle: Los Angeles’ in 2011.
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Meanwhile in 2010, the actress started playing ‘Erin Reagan’ in the police procedural drama television series ‘Blue Bloods.’
In 2014, she appeared in three films, including Chad Stahelski's neo-noir action-thriller film ‘John Wick’ in which she played 'Helen Wick.'
In 2017, she reprised her role as ‘Helen Wick’ in ‘John Wick: Chapter 2.’ In 2019, she played ‘Tracy Peters’ in a film titled ‘Crown Vic.’
In September 2006, Bridget Moynahan appeared in the drama series ‘Six Degrees’ which was aired on ABC television. The series revolved around six residents of New York City and their connections with one another. Apart from Moynahan, the series also starred actors like Erika Christensen, Dorian Missick, Jay Hernandez, Hope Davis, and Campbell Scott. About 13.3 million people watched the series when it was premiered on September 21, 2006.
Awards & Achievements
In 2002, Moynahan was ranked 86th in ‘Stuff’ magazine's list of ‘102 Sexiest Women In The World.’
The actress was ranked 96th in ‘Maxim’ magazine’s ‘Hot 100’ list in 2006.
Personal Life & Legacy
Bridget Moynahan dated screenwriter Scott Rosenberg for three years.
Moynahan and Rosenberg separated in 2004. Moynahan then started dating NFL quarterback Tom Brady. Unfortunately, they separated in late 2006.
On February 18, 2007, it was revealed that Moynahan was three months pregnant with Brady’s child.
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On August 22, 2007, Moynahan gave birth to a baby boy and named him John Edward Thomas Moynahan. It is said that Moynahan and Brady have maintained a civil partnership since the birth of their baby.
The actress started dating director Joseph McGinty in 2010. She later broke up with McGinty.
She married businessman Andrew Frankel on October 17, 2015. The couple is residing in California.
Bridget Moynahan was the captain of the girls' basketball, soccer, and lacrosse teams in her high school.
During her childhood, this model-turned-actress considered herself a tomboy.
She is the cousin of Rosie O'Donnell, a well-known actress and producer. However, O’Donnell was unaware of this fact until she met Moynahan on a talk show.
Moynahan was cast in the lead role in ‘Swordfish.’ However, she turned down the role as it demanded nude scenes. The role finally went to Halle Berry.
The name Bridget is adapted from the Celtic name ‘Brighid’ which means ‘the exalted one.’ According to Irish mythology, this is the name of the goddess of wisdom, fire, and poetry.
One of Moynahan‘s favorite quotes is “There's nothing like a good pair of heels.”
She co-authored ‘The Blue Bloods Cookbook.’