Beginning her career in modeling and TV commercials, Meredith Monroe received her big break when she snagged the role of Capeside newcomer Andie McPhee (1998-2003), a love interest for Joshua Jackson's Pacey Witter, on The WB's teen soap opera "Dawson's Creek."
Monroe, who became a cast regular midway through the short run of ABC's drama series "Dangerous Minds" (1997), had recurring roles on NBC’s television soap opera "Sunset Beach" (1998) and CBS’ crime drama series "Criminal Minds" (2005-2007). She also played the title character in the CBS TV-movies "Beyond the Prairie: The True Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder" (2000) and "Beyond the Prairie, Part 2: The True Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder" (2002).
On the big screen, Monroe could be seen in the films "Norville and Trudy" (1997), "Strong Island Boys" (1997), "Fallen Arches" (1998), "The Year That Trembled" (2002), "New Best Friend" (2002), "Minority Report" (2002), "Full Ride" (2002), "Manhood" (2003) and "Vampires: The Turning" (2005). She will next appear in an upcoming romantic film called "Wake," alongside Bijou Phillips, Ian Somerhalder, and Jane Seymour.
The 5' 6" actress has been married to Steve Kavovit since 1999 and is the sister-in-law of actor Andrew Kavovit.
Childhood and Family:
“It's very peaceful and I have lots of wonderful memories.” Meredith Monroe (describing her life in a January 2001 interview)
Born in Houston, Texas, on December 30, 1970, Meredith Leigh Monroe grew up in Hinsdale, Illinois. An only child, Meredith spent most of her younger years with her mother after her parents divorced. At school, Meredith was a competitive swimmer. She attended Hinsdale Central High School and Millikin University where she was a member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority.
“I wanted to be a judge. As a teenager, I was always aware of the injustice towards women in the legal system. There are so many women who have suffered rape or domestic violence and the system just lets them down.” Meredith Monroe
In 1995, Meredith was introduced to Steve Kavovit (born in 1971). They announced their engagement in February 1999 and married in Hawaii in summer 1999. Meredith's brother-in-law is actor Andrew Kavovit (born on July 19, 1971), who played Paul Stenbeck on "As the World Turns" in the 1980s and co-starred in CBS’ series "The Magnificent Seven."
Meredith loves acting, animals, friends, gardening and traveling. She also enjoys exercising, Yoga, jogging, and hiking. She meditates every morning and loves cookouts with friends.
“I've always kind of liked thriller-mystery television shows and books. I've always been intrigued by that kind of stuff.” Meredith Monroe
Meredith, whose favorite TV shows include “Charmed,” “Buffy,” and “Law & Order,” was star-struck when she met James Marsters from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” Her favorite musicians are Sarah McLachlan, Maxwell, Bob Marley, and Natalie Merchant, among others.
Beyond the Prairie
“It was all very scary to start with, but it turned out to the best experience of my life. I made some great friends at drama school. Going away taught me everything about life.” Meredith Monroe (on moving to New York to pursue a career in acting)
While very young, Meredith Monroe began print modeling and later moved on to commercials. She appeared in TV commercials for Disney World, Dove, Tide, Medical Experiments, Thrifty Drugs, Jovan, Tylenol Sinus, and the Illinois Lottery.
Relocating to Los Angeles in 1997, Monroe landed her first film appearances in director Dianah Wynter's comedy "Norville and Trudy," in which she shared the title role with Tighe Swanson, and Mark Schiffer's independent drama "Strong Island Boys," alongside Selma Blair. That same year, she was made a cast regular midway through the short run of ABC's drama series based on the 1995 drama film, "Dangerous Minds." She also received guest roles in an episode of NBC’s sitcom featuring Jenny McCarthy, "Jenny," NBC’s teen sitcom "Hang Time," and CBS’ family drama "Promised Land."
In 1998, Monroe joined the cast of The WB's teen soap opera "Dawson's Creek," playing Capeside newcomer Andie McPhee. She was a regular from 1998 to 2000, but her character returned to Capeside at the end of Season 4 (May 2001) to graduate from Capeside High. She then made guest appearances until the series finale in 2003. Monroe was nominated for a Teen Choice Award for TV - Breakout Performance in 1999.
On Wilmington, North Carolina, where they shot "Dawson's Creek," Monroe recalled, “I love it. The different seasons are great and it's a wonderful community. Wilmington is a really nice place to live and it's been a beautiful place with a beach so it's incredibly relaxing. I like to run and bike. It's nice living in a small town but you get cabin fever and you start to think, 'Arghh! I need shopping! I need museums! I need nightlife!'"
During her "Dawson's Creek" stint, Monroe appeared in TV commercials for Huffy, Mentos, Ford Explorer Sport, New Sheer Dry Deodorant, L'Oreal, Route 66 Clothing, and 7-up. She played the recurring role of Rachel (1998) on NBC’s television soap opera "Sunset Beach" and guest-starred in an episode of the syndicated TV show loosely based on a comic book published by Malibu Comics, "Night Man," the Western TV series based on the 1960 movie, "The Magnificent Seven," the crime drama "Players," ABC's American version of the British crime drama series "Cracker," Lifetime’s original series "The Division," and NBC’s political serial drama starring Josh Brolin, "Mister Sterling." She also starred as the title character in the CBS TV-movies "Beyond the Prairie: The True Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder" (2000) and "Beyond the Prairie, Part 2: The True Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder" (2002). In 2003, she appeared in "111 Gramercy Park," an unsold series pilot featuring Frank Langella, Erica Durance, Brittany Daniel, and Tippi Hedren, and "The One," a romantic TV movie in which she played the female lead, opposite Richard Ruccolo and Gabriel Hogan.
On the big screen, Monroe was seen in the films "Fallen Arches" (1998), a thriller written and directed by Ron Cosentino, "The Year That Trembled" (2002), a 1970 coming-of-age drama helmed by Jay Craven, and "New Best Friend" (2002; opposite Mia Kirshner), a mystery by Zoe Clarke-Williams in which she starred as a femme fatale who leads a group of rich and amoral young women. She was also cast in Steven Spielberg's Oscar-nominated action film "Minority Report" (2002; starring Tom Cruise), Mark Hoeger's romantic comedy "Full Ride" (2002), in which she starred as Riley Smith's attractive and intelligent love interest Amy, and Bobby Roth's drama comedy "Manhood" (2003; starring Nestor Carbonell, John Ritter, and Janeane Garofalo).
Following the demise of "Dawson's Creek," Monroe starred in David Benullo's 12-minute horror film "Shadow Man" (2004). She was also spotted as a guest in an episode of CBS’ drama series starring Amber Tamblyn, "Joan of Arcadia," CBS’ crime drama "CSI: Miami," and UPN’s law drama starring Taye Diggs, "Kevin Hill."
From 2005 to 2007, Monroe played the recurring role of Haley Hotchner, the wife of series regular Agent Aaron Hotchner (played by Thomas Gibson), on the CBS crime drama series "Criminal Minds." She also appeared in Marty Weiss' horror film "Vampires: The Turning" (2005) and starred in the made-for-television movies "Fathers and Sons" (2005; with Bradley Whitford, Samantha Mathis, and Kathy Baker) and "Not My Life" (2006). She then guest starred in an episode of Fox’s medical drama "House M.D.," Lifetime’s medical drama "Strong Medicine," CBS’ "Cold Case," The WB sitcom starring Fran Drescher, "Living with Fran," CBS’ drama "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," Showtime’s thriller "Masters of Horror," Fox’s "Bones," NBC’s series starring Jill Hennessy, "Crossing Jordan," the short-lived Fox comedy "The Wedding Bells" and CBS’ legal drama starring James Woods, "Shark."
Recently, in 2008, Monroe appeared in Adam Pertofsky's dark comedy film "bgFATLdy" and provided the voice of Tony Stark's secretary Virginia 'Pepper' Potts in the "Iron Man" video game. She also guest starred in an episode of CBS’ paranormal television drama series "Moonlight" and in two episodes of Showtime's comedy starring David Duchovny, "Californication."
Monroe will soon complete her upcoming film project, "Wake," which is directed by Ellie Kanner and stars Bijou Phillips, Ian Somerhalder, and Jane Seymour.