Monique Gabriela Curnen was born on Sept. 7, 1970, and grew up in Framingham, MA. She was raised by a Puerto Rican mother and German father, both of whom worked in education. Curnen discovered a love for performance in childhood, pursuing said interest alongside her studies at Williams College. Following her graduation in 1991, Curnen worked at the minority cultural center at Connecticut College, after which she moved to New York City to pursue acting full time. It wouldn't be until 2001 when Curnen landed her first screen role: an uncredited part in the romantic comedy "Kate & Leopold" (2001). Her feature credits accumulated rapidly thereafter, with parts in noteworthy films like "Half Nelson" (2006) and "Lady in the Water" (2006) and arcs in television series like "Dexter" (Showtime 2006-2013) reaching the actress. After small parts in "The Dark Knight" (2008) and "Fast & Furious" (2009), she found the majority of her success on the small screen with sizeable roles in "The Unusuals" (ABC 2009), "Sons of Anarchy" (FX 2008-2014), and "Lie to Me" (Fox 2009-2011). All the while maintaining a film presence via the likes of "Contagion" (2011) and "Sunset Stories" (2012), Curnen stuck to the track of television in series like "The Following" (CBS 2013-15) and "Taken" (NBC 2017-).