In 2001, Michelle made her film debut in Perfume, a movie directed by Michael Rymer.
Michelle was named "The Hottest Breakout Star" by Giant Magazine in 2005. GQ Magazine proclaimed her their "Woman on our Mind" that same year.
For the movie North Country, Michelle changed her hair color to black for a more convincing portrayal of Sherry.
Michelle learned how to snowboard for the movie Mission Impossible III.
Michelle only had about 18 credits left and had spent about $100,000 on her journalism degree before deciding to abandon it for a career in modeling.
In high school, Michelle was president of her class. She also acted in school plays.
In Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Michelle played a character who appeared in a TV commercial of Genaro's beer. In Gone, Baby, Gone, she plays a character named Angie Gennaro.
Michelle modeled in runways in Milan, Singapore, Tokyo, and Hong Kong. She also appeared in several magazines and catalogs.
Michelle was runner-up in the "Best Supporting Actress" category in the Golden Satellites Awards in 2005 for her role in the movie Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. In 2006, she got nominated for Best Supporting Actress in the Saturn Awards for the said movie.
Michelle is 5 feet 7 inches tall. She has natural brown hair and green eyes.
Michelle's parents are Robert John, a part-time farmer and Sharon Monaghan, who run s a day care center. She has two brothers, Bob and John, both older than she is.
Michelle has been in TV commercials for Stayfree and Secret Sheer Dry.
Michelle's favorite shot of alcoholic drink is yagermeister. She drinks beer and shoots pool. She also likes to go to diva bars.
Michelle loves sports and follows football. Her favorite football teams are the Pittsburgh Steelers and Iowa Hawkeyes.
Michelle doesn't smoke and she's left-handed.
Michelle married Peter White, an Australian graphic designer, in August 2005. They met in a party five years prior to their marriage.
Michelle played the role of Ellie in the movie Constantine, but was completely cut from the film. She also had scenes deleted from the movie Syriana.
Michelle was raised in Winthrop, Iowa. In 1999, she moved to New York.
Michelle graduated from East Buchanan High School in 1994. She studied journalism at Columbia College in Chicago.
Michelle: I kind of like being scared. As unprofessional and unprepared as that sounds, knowing that you can just turn up on set and respond to the moment opens you up to try anything.
Michelle: My ultimate dream, I'm dying to do theatre. You know, that's really, really what I'd like to do.
Michelle: It feels like a natural progression but there are still moments when I want to pinch myself to make sure it's real. All of it seems like it is a natural progression and that it has been going in the right direction and it feels right.
Michelle: You don't grow up in a town of 700 thinking you're going to be an actress. I loved doing [school] plays, but it was just something to keep me busy.
Michelle: (referring to 2005 when she had several movie projects) But it seems that every job that I get feels like a big breakout thing for me, because I've never had it before, obviously. But this year, in particular, has been very special.
Michelle: Die Hard is a good example of a movie that was a great movie that just happened to have action in it, but I don't think of it is an action movie.
Michelle: It's an industry town. It's Hollywood, so I think people are most fascinated by people who are in the industry. And mainly if you're famous. You've got to be a famous producer or director and I think that's what appeals to most people in the dating crowd.
Michelle: (on acting) It's really challenging for me, it puts the fear of God in me and I am so absolutely fulfilled by it. I really am. I hope I can do it for the rest of my life.
Michelle: And I think no matter what - how much rejection that I have had I've still always been like all right, well that's all right, you just keep foraging ahead.
Michelle: (on road trips) It's hard to be in a car with someone for three or four days. Little, tiny things will start to get on your nerves. So it's kind of a microcosm of marriage.
Michelle: I've got a pretty blue sense of humor. So, I'm pretty much game for anything. I couldn't think of something, off the top of my head, that's really offensive to me. Violence is. But as far as comedy, you can pretty much go anywhere.
Michelle: As a woman in Hollywood, you don't always want to be that damsel in distress or that victim.
Michelle: (On her acting career) Challenging myself is paramount to me and if I didn't I would be really be very bored. I feel very fortunate to be in this career, so I just want to try every little genre and thing that I can to see where it takes me.
Michelle: I am always so nervous before starting a film and that (nervousness) is the one constant in my life. It's that constant fear that I have always had, but have learned to thrive on. Now I am in a position that I can thrive on it. I have been there many times before and it's incredibly fulfilling if you tackle your fears, I guess.
Michelle: You know I think it's hard in any film when you're kissing someone who you don't really have genuine feelings for... but at the same time it's our job so... there are worse things I could be doing on that particular day than kissing Tom Cruise I suppose... I'm not going to complain.