This half-Dominican/half-Jewish native of Clearwater, Florida moved to New York to attend the Juilliard School, then landed a network role before she got her diploma.
Monica plays Ria Torres, the "human lie detector" on Fox's hit show "Lie to Me," which is set to return for its third season next month. On the show, Monica can often be seen squaring off against the always unpredictable Tim Roth, and off-set she's the victim of his frequent practical jokes.
Chosen as this week's Girl2Watch, Monica will be featured in a series or articles, fun facts and social media tweets through this week for subscribers of Girl2Watch.com.
Actor2Watch: What was your first real break as an actor?
Monica Raymund: I guess when I got into Julliard. I would consider that my first real break because I've only been in the business for less than a couple years. "Lie to Me" is my first big break.
A2W: Do you have like a really bad audition story or a memorable audition moment?
MR: I'm not going to say what school it was, but I was auditioning for this program, a famous program. It was these three men who were just stiff and unwelcoming and rude. I finished my audition and they sat there stoically, pronouncing me to sit down and have this interview.
I was just so turned off by the energy in the room that I stood up and said, 'I'm so sorry, but I have to go. I don't want to be here anymore.' And I left the room. I cannot believe I did this, but I left the room with these very distinguished gentlemen at this very distinguished program. I left and I withdrew my application.
I didn't like the feeling, I didn't like the energy. I don't know, maybe I sabotaged myself, but something was wrong and I left the room.
A2W: Do you have a dream role or something you really want to do?
MR: I have a lot of things I want to do. I have a lot of fire. I want to do film. I want to do action movies. I want to do period pieces. I want to do something really dirty and gritty next. I don't know what that is.
Obviously I would love to work with all these great directors like the Coen Brothers, Tarantino. Robert Rodriguez is a dream director of mine. Wes Craven—I'm a big horror buff.
I'm also such a theater geek, so within the next year or two I have to do a Shakespeare play. There's not really a choice, I have to do it. I want to do Broadway as well. I want to do musical theater and eventually I want to produce.
A2W: Do you have any tips for novices or is there anything you wish someone told you when you were starting out in acting?
MR: Don't be afraid to fail. For the love of God, don't be afraid to fail because you're going to fail. So try to fail as hard as you can is what I would say, because you're always going to get up and you're going to learn something from it.