What I Like About You
American actress Allison Munn began her career on stage but is perhaps best recognized for portraying Tina Haven in the WB comedy series “What I Like About You,” a role she played from 2003 to 2006. She also played Crazy Caroline in ten episodes of the series “That '70s Show” (2001, 2005 and 2006), Tim Peper's young wife in the ABC short lived sitcom “Carpoolers” (2007) and Lauren in several episodes of the sport themed series “One Tree Hill” (2009). Munn has also guest starred in TV shows like “JAG,” “Boston Public” and “Charmed” and acted in such films as “Local Boys” (2002, with Mark Harmon), “White Oleander” (2002, with Michelle Pfeiffer), Elizabethtown” (2005, with Orlando Bloom) and “Farm Girl in New York” (2007).
Munn currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband, actor Scott Holroyd. She previously dated “Austin Powers in Goldmember” actor Evan Farmer. Munn plays guitar and enjoys singing and dancing. She loves to read and enjoys the internet. She has a dog named Buster Keaton.
Childhood and Family:
The daughter of Nadine (elementary school teacher) and Russell Munn, Allison Munn was born on October 7, 1974, in Columbia, South Carolina. At the suggestion of her mother, young Allison took up dance and voice lessons and later performed in several local productions and then in regional theater productions. The 1992 graduate of AC Flora High School, however, did not decide to pursue acting professionally until after completing her studies at The College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina. She then moved to New York to study theater and after getting her feet wet with several stage performances, headed to Los Angeles.
In December 2006, Allison became engaged to actor and fellow South Carolina native Scott Holroyd (born on June 5, 1975). They eventually married on November 17, 2007, at the French Huguenot Church in Charleston, South Carolina.
One Tree Hill
Allison Munn first appeared on stage in local theater productions of “Annie,” “A Midsummer Night's Dream” and “Oliver” and moved to regional productions like “The Pirates of Penzance,” “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Grand Hotel.” After finishing her education, she decided to become a full time actress and relocated to New York to try her hand at theater, where she starred as Luisa in the celebrated off-Broadway production of “The Fantasticks” at New York's Sullivan Street Theatre. Following over 500 performances in the play, she appeared in “The Wild Party” at the esteemed Manhattan Theatre Club and “Grease” at New York's Gateway Playhouse, and made the move to Hollywood.
Munn made her television acting debut in the CBS short lived adventure series “Now and Again,” where she played Gretchen in the episodes “A Girl's Life” (1999) and “The Bugmeister” (2000). She also played Emily Harlin in a 2000 episode of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” called “Russian Love Poem.” Her first break arrived the following year when she joined the cast of the Fox comedy series “That '70s Show” in the recurring role of Caroline. She was on the show from January to May 2001 and later returned in November 2005 and May 2006.
Still in 2001, Munn was also seen playing Cindy in two episodes of “2gether: The Series,” a MTV comedy series starring Evan Farmer. She also made guest appearances in the TV series “Inside Schwartz,” “JAG,” “Boston Public” (2002) and “Charmed” (2003). She made her TV movie debut in “St. Sass” (2002), a comedy directed by Gerry Cohen and written by Ryan Murphy. Allison debuted on the big screen in “Local Boys” (also 2002), a moving drama starring Mark Harmon and Eric Christian Olsen and directed by Ron Moler. Later that same year, she offered a memorable performance as Hannah in the Peter Kosminsky directed “White Oleander,” which was adapted to screenplay by Mary Agnes Donoghue from the novel of the same name by Janet Fitch. The film starred Alison Lohman as Astrid and Michelle Pfeiffer as her mother Ingrid Magnussen.
Munn experienced a big breakthrough when she won the regular role of Tina Haven in the WB sitcom “What I Like About You,” which followed the lives of sisters Valerie Tyler and Holly Tyler (played by Jennie Garth and Amanda Bynes, 2003). Playing Holly's new best friend, she stayed on the show until its demise in 2006. The South Carolina native actress was also cast in the made-for-TV film “Sweet Potato Queens” (2003), an adaptation of Jill Conner Browne's books of the same name, supported Shonda Farr and Joe Peracchio in the comedy film “A Couple of Days and Nights” (2005), which was written and directed by Vaughn Verdi, and played Charlotte in Cameron Crowe's “Elizabethtown” (2005), which starred Orlando Bloom and Kirsten Dunst. Talking about Bloom, Allison said, “He's great. He's very focused. He's such an intense, focused actor and he talks very quietly when he looks in your eyes. He's just very serious and intense. But when they called ‘Cut,’ it's not like he's playing around and goofing off, but he's able to step out of the character immediately and be like, ‘Okay, so, we're talking about nutritionists in LA…’ He'll go back to the conversation we were having before the director yelled ‘Action,’ which I love in an actor.”
Munn returned to series TV as a regular when she was cast as Cindy, the young wife of Dougie, in “Carpoolers,” a situation comedy series created by Bruce McCulloch. Debuting on October 2, 2007, the show ran on ABC until March 4, 2008. Costars of the show included Tim Peper, Fred Goss, Faith Ford, and Jerry Minor. She added to her film credits in 2007 with a performance alongside Jeffrey Schecter and Joshua Wade Miller in the independent film “Farm Girl in New York,” which premiered at the Big Apple Film Festival on November 17, 2007. Munn also joined Tom Arnold and Brendan Brandt in the TV series “Overkill” (2008). More recently, in 2009, she played the recurring role of Lauren in eight episodes of The CW's “One Tree Hill.”