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Michaela Conlin
Michaela Conlin, "Bones".jpg
Conlin in 2008
Born (1978-06-09) June 9, 1978 (age 44)
Alma mater
Occupation Actress
Years active 2001–present
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Michaela Conlin (born June 9, 1978) is an American actress best known for her role as Angela Montenegro on the Fox crime procedural comedy-drama Bones.

Early life

Conlin was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania on June 9, 1978 to a Chinese mother, an accountant, and an Irish father, a contractor. She performed in her first play at the age of seven, and continued to appear on stage in numerous Pennsylvania community and regional productions.

Conlin attended Parkland High School in South Whitehall Township, Pennsylvania, where she starred in productions of Bye Bye Birdie and The Crucible. After graduating from high school in 1996, she moved to New York City to study acting and was accepted to New York University Tisch School of the Arts. While working toward her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater, she appeared in several productions at the Atlantic Theater Company, the Playwrights Horizons Theater School, Stonestreet Studios Conservatory, and she traveled to Amsterdam to study with the Experimental Theatre Wing's International Training Program.

Acting career

Television work

Michaela Conlin at Paleyfest 2012
Conlin in 2012

Following her graduation from New York University, Conlin was selected to be part of the cable documentary series The It Factor, which focused on the lives of young actors in New York City. Soon after, she relocated to Los Angeles, where she landed her first starring role in the ABC drama series MDs, playing an idealistic young intern taken under the wing of the hospital's two renegade doctors, played by William Fichtner and John Hannah. She followed that with a leading role in the ABC drama series The D.A., playing an outspoken political consultant to Steven Weber's district attorney.

Conlin played Angela Montenegro on the popular Fox drama Bones, which stars Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz. In the series, Angela is married to Dr. Jack Hodgins (T. J. Thyne), while her father is ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, who plays a fictionalized version of himself. Angela's full name is Angela "Pookie Noodlin" Pearly Gates Montenegro, with Pearly Gates also being the name of Gibbons' Les Paul guitar. In 2008, Conlin was nominated for an Asian Excellence Award in the category of Supporting Television actress for her role on Bones.

Films

In addition to her television work, Conlin portrayed Detective Heidi Sobel in the 2011 drama film The Lincoln Lawyer. She also appeared in Open Window and Love the Hard Way. In 2021, she portrayed Maria Li in Bad Trip.

Personal life

Conlin is married and has two sons, Charlie and Theodore.

Conlin is best friends with Bones co-star Emily Deschanel, who played her best friend Temperance "Bones" Brennan on the show.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2001 Love the Hard Way Cara
2002 Pipe Dream TV reporter
2002 Garmento Marcy
2006 Open Window Miranda
2007 Enchanted May
2011 The Lincoln Lawyer Heidi Sobel
2015 Baby, Baby, Baby Courtney Lee
2016 The Disappointments Room Jules
2021 Bad Trip Maria Li
TBA One True Loves

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2001 Law & Order Rocky Episode: "Swept Away – A Very Special Episode"
2002 The Division House director Episode: "Illusions"
2002 MDs Dr. Maggie Yang Main role
2003 JAG Lt. Mary Nash Episode: "Posse Comitatus"
2003 The D.A. Jinette McMahon 4 episodes
2005–2017 Bones Angela Montenegro Main role
2016 Casual Claire Episode: "Death and Taxes"
2018 Here and Now Sharon Episode: "It's Here"
2018–2019 Yellowstone Sarah Nguyen Recurring role
2021 For All Mankind Helena Webster Recurring role
2022 Dollface Delphine 2 episodes
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