Monica Raymund

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7/26/1986, St. Petersburg, Florida, USA

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  • Up-and-coming actress Monica Raymund, who stars as the emotional and feisty Lightman Group employee Ria Torres on Lie To Me, was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida. When she was just four years old, Monica was already playing the piano. At an early age, Monica has displayed extraordinary talent, a passion for singing, and an inclination towards the arts, which her father noticed while she did an impromptu vocal performance during her bat mitzvah. She had her first theater experience in a lead role in a school production when she was 12 and took voice lessons at 13.

     During high school, Monica spent some time with the Broadway Theatre Project in Tampa and five weeks at the North Carolina School of the Arts (NCSA) Winston-Salem. After she graduated from Shorecrest Preparatory School in St. Petersburg, Florida, Raymund already had an offer to study at NCSA but decided instead to audition at the prestigious Juilliard School in New York City, where she appeared in several theatrical productions. With the support of her parents and her own perseverance, Monica completed her four years in Juilliard.

    Not long after her stay in Juilliard did she make her television debut, portraying a strip search prank call victim, in a 2008 episode Law & Order: Special Victims Unit while staying in New York. A New York casting agent then alerted her of the position in Tim Roth's new network show about a company specializing in deception detection. On the FOX drama series which top-bills Roth and Kelli Williams, Raymund possesses an uncanny natural ability to detect lies but is still learning the intricacies of their job.moreless



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    St. Petersburg, Florida, USA

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    • Monica: I can't tell you how many times my father has been telling me to concentrate on this or that and to set your priorities right.

    • Monica: (advice to aspiring actors) I would say to never doubt yourself and to always reach for the stars. Be tenacious. Value what you've been given. And keep going with your education.

    • Monica: (on working with the cast of "Lie to Me") It's fun because Tim [Roth] doesn't have much experience in TV and neither do I, so we're both learning from a very different point of view and very different experience levels. And Kelli [Williams] is one of my big role models now, I think she's awesome as a working woman and a mother... that's great.

    • Monica: Acting is a luxury, a gift. (Marriage and family), that is my true, true dream... One thing my parents always taught me was to maximize my options.

    • Monica: (in a 2009 feature article) Sometimes, growing up, I tried to be very Latina; I would change my voice... experiment with my hair a lot, trying to figure out who I was in a primarily white school. Race, to me, is a very blurry thing... and I hope that anybody who feels 'there's not a place for me' will see that times are changing. Look at the White House.

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    • In 2009, Monica was named as one of Entertainment Weekly's 15 Smartest, Sexiest Women Crime-Fighters for her role as Ria Torres on Lie to Me.

    • She considers fellow Shorecrest Prep graduate and Tony- and Golden Globe-nominated actor Patrick Wilson as her acting inspiration.

    • Before Monica moved to Los Angeles, California for the filming of Lie to Me, she was living in New York and briefly stayed in Boston to do a play.

    • The night before her audition for Juilliard, Monica got cold feet and considered ditching her tryout, but her parents convinced her otherwise. Before she got accepted to the drama division of the prestigious school, she was planning to double major in science and theater at a liberal arts college such as Vassar or Bucknell.

    • Monica's father Steve Raymund, a Jewish California native, is the Chief Executive of Tech Data Corporation. He was once ranked No.5 among Tampa Bay (Florida) area's top business leaders. Her mother, Sonia, an immigrant from the Dominican Republic, works at and is the co-founder of Soulful Arts Dance Academy in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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