Michaela Conlin is an American actor who is best known for her portrayal of ‘Angela Montenegro’ in the series 'Bones.' Her stint on the show began in 2005 and continued tills its ninth season. She has earned an 'Asian Excellence Award' nomination for her remarkable performance as ‘Angela.’ Michaela’s long association with the role has made her synonymous with the character. She has worked to get into the skin of the character. For one of the episodes of the show, Michaela even learned roller derby. Additionally, she has had a few more recurring appearances, in series such as 'MDs,' 'The D.A.,' and 'Yellowstone.' Michaela made her silver-screen debut in 2001 and has worked in several projects since then. One of the most notable of the lot has been the 2015 release 'Baby, Baby, Baby,' in which she played the character ‘Courtney Lee.’ Michaela has experimented with film production, too. The first film produced by her was the 'Tribeca Films' independent movie 'Sparrows Dance.' The actor has not married yet. She was engaged to the actor who played her on-screen husband in 'Bones,' but called the engagement off later.
Childhood & Early Life
Michaela was born on June 9, 1978, in Allentown, Pennsylvania. She is of mixed ethnicity, as her father has Irish roots, while her mother is Chinese. Her father worked as a contractor, and her mother was an accountant. Michaela grew up with her elder sister.
Michaela attended 'Parkland High School' in South Whitehall Township, Pennsylvania. After her high-school graduation, Michaela continued to study acting and moved to New York City. Michaela obtained her bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the 'Tisch School of the Arts’ of ‘New York University,' majoring in theater.
From the very beginning, Michaela had a keen interest in acting. She was just 7 when she got her first play. Later in her life, Michaela acted in several Pennsylvania community and regional productions. In high school, too, she was active in the theater circuit and starred in productions of the Arthur Miller play 'The Crucible' and the stage musical 'Bye Bye Birdie.'
While in ‘New York University,’ Michaela graced the stage for numerous productions at the 'Playwrights Horizons Theater School,' the 'Stonestreet Studios Conservatory,' and the prestigious ‘off-Broadway’ non-profit theater 'Atlantic Theater Company.' She attended a workshop with the 'Experimental Theatre Wing's International Training Program' in Amsterdam.
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Michaela began her acting career soon after graduating from ‘New York University.’ She appeared as herself in 'Bravo' channel’s 'The It Factor,' a cable documentary on young and aspiring actors in New York City. However, her career took a significant turn when she moved to Los Angeles, California. In 2002, Michaela got the recurring role of a young intern named ‘Dr. Maggie Yang’ in the 'ABC' drama series 'MDs.' She had already made her film debut the previous year, as ‘Cara’ in the crime-drama film 'Love the Hard Way.'
Michaela was also seen as ‘Rocky’ in an episode of the 'NBC' police and legal procedural drama 'Law & Order,' titled 'Swept Away - A Very Special Episode,' in 2001. In 2002, she had two movie appearances: as a TV reporter in the romantic comedy 'Pipe Dream' and as ‘Marcy’ in 'Garmento.' The same year, she was seen in an episode of the 'Lifetime' crime-drama series ‘The Division,' titled 'Illusions.' In 2003, Michaela had a brief recurring role (four episodes) as a political consultant, ‘Jinette McMahon,’ in the legal drama 'The D.A.'
Michaela’s breakthrough role came in 2005, when she was cast as ‘Angela Montenegro’ (or ‘Angela Pearly-Gates Montenegro-Hodgins’), a forensic facial reconstruction specialist in the 'Fox' crime drama 'Bones.' It has been the longest recurring role in Michaela’s career. She has played it for over 240 episodes, from 2005 to 2017. Her on-screen chemistry with actor TJ Thyne, who played ‘Angela’s husband, ‘Hodgins,’ was so flawless that the audience thought the actors were married in real life, too. The role earned her an 'Asian Excellence Award' nomination in the ‘Supporting Television Actress’ category in 2008.
While continuing her role in 'Bones,' Michaela appeared in a few films, too, namely, 'Open Window' (2006), 'Enchanted' (2007), 'The Lincoln Lawyer' (2011), and 'The Disappointments Room' (2016). She also had a role in the 2015 film 'Baby, Baby, Baby,' which won the ‘Jury Prize’ for ‘Comedy' at the 2015 'Austin Film Festival.' Michaela appeared as ‘Claire’ in an episode of the comedy–drama series 'Casual,' titled 'Death and Taxes.' Michaela’s recent TV credits include a guest appearance in the 'HBO' drama 'Here and Now' and a recurring appearance, as ‘Sarah Nguyen,’ in 'Paramount Network’s 'Yellowstone.'
Michaela was the executive producer of the 2012 romantic comedy flick 'Sparrows Dance.' The film revolved around an agoraphobic woman and premiered at several film festivals.
Family & Personal Life
In 2007, Michaela was engaged to her 'Bones' co-star TJ Thyne. They broke up in 2011. There was once a rumor that Michaela and Thyne had had a son, Michael Vincent. Following the break-up, Michaela was linked to Icelandic soccer player Arnar Gunnlaugsson. They were clicked together at various locations. Arnar’s sister-in-law, entrepreneur and 'Playboy' model Ásdís Rán Gunnarsdóttir, had introduced the two. They have a few common friends from Los Angeles.
Most recently, Michaela has been rumored to be pregnant. The rumor surfaced after the actor was spotted with a baby bump on February 27, 2019, while on a romantic dinner date. According to sources, the father of the baby is Michaela’s long-time partner. The rumor was said to be confirmed when Michaela raised a toast with a glass of water.
Michaela enjoys traveling, reading, and writing short stories. She loves experimenting with cuisines from around the world. Michaela is close to her 'Bones' co-star Emily Deschanel, who portrays the character ‘Dr. Temperance “Bones” Brennan.’