“People figure because I’m blonde and was a model, I just waltzed into Los Angeles and got major roles in major films.” Monica Potter
An American model-turned-actress, Monica Potter, born Monica Louise Brokaw, has come out as one of the more promising actresses of the late ‘90s with impressive credits in such highly successful films as Con Air (1997, along side Nicholas Cage), Patch Adams (1998, opposite Robin Williams) and Along Came a Spider (2001, with Morgan Freeman). She won critical praise after portraying the love interest of Billy Crudup in the acclaimed independent movie Without Limits (1998). Additionally, the blonde actress who has been compared with Hollywood high hitter Julia Roberts for their similar good looks is also known for playing roles in series “Boston Legal” (2004-2005) and “The Young and the Restless” (1994).
Off screen, Potter, who has a Shamrock tattoo on her left ankle, is a strict vegetarian. She was once voted “Best Movie Star Loyal to Cleveland” by a local website for maintaining her residence in her homeland of Cleveland, Ohio, despite being a Hollywood star.
“It’s a great place to raise kids. I had a very happy childhood there, growing up on a special street where everyone knew everyone.” Monica Potter on her hometown
As for her private life, the cute Potter was formerly married to Tom Potter, with whom she shares two sons, from 1990 to 1998, and the two are now good friends. She is currently the wife of orthopedic surgeon Daniel Christopher Allison and has a daughter with him. Her love life was once also linked to the frontman of band Counting Crows, Adam Duritz, who wrote a song titled “Mrs. Potter’s Lullaby” especially for her.
Childhood and Family:
Monica Louise Brokaw, who would later be popular as Monica Potter, was born on June 30, 1971, in Cleveland, Ohio, to Irish American Catholic parents. Her father worked as an inventor and her mother was a secretary. Monica and her three other siblings had a happy upbringing though they were raised in a low-income family. As a child, she was a member of the St. Jerome Parish in Cleveland. She was educated at the local elementary school, Villa Angela Catholic School for Girls as well as Euclid High School.
In 1990, Monica, whose nicknames are Mocky or Mon, married Tom Potter, but the marriage ended in divorce in 1998. The couple has two sons, Liam and David. In June 2005, she tied the knot with orthopedic surgeon Daniel Christopher Allison, and welcomed a 7 lb. 3 oz baby girl named Molly Brigid Allison on August 3, that same year.
Cleveland, Ohio native Monica Potter got her start in fashion industry at age 12 after her father sent her photos to a local talent agency. She soon found work on commercials and modeled in Chicago and Miami. An appearance in a commercial helmed by Luc Besson put Potter on the radar of Creative Artists Agency. With her family’s encouragement, Potter segued into acting. She moved to Miami, Florida at the age of 18 and got her first job on a children’s show that filmed in Peru. Five years later, Potter, with her husband, relocated to Los Angeles to further chase her dream of becoming an actress.
Making her acting debut as Sharon Newman in the long-running daytime soap “The Young and the Restless” (1994), Potter progressed to features with a small part as biker’s woman in the 1996 Bulletproof. Her breakthrough role arrived in the next year when director Simon West cast her in the supporting role of Nicholas Cage’s wife Tricia Poe in Con Air. The Disney action film also starred John Cusack, John Malkovich, Ving Rhames and Steve Buscemi.
Ms Potter’s ascending status was established in the following year when she was signed to play roles in four different movies. In John N. Smith’s A Cool, Dry Place, she got her first starring role as the alienated wife of Vince Vaughn, and followed it up with a lead in the British comedy Martha, Meet Frank, Daniel and Lawrence (released in the USA under the title The Very Thought of You in 1999), along with Joseph Fiennes and Rufus Sewell. Next up, Potter had the exposure of box office success with a costarring role opposite Robin Williams and Daniel London in the comedy Patch Adams (1998) and was critically applauded for her role as Billy Crudup’s romantic interest in a Warner Bros. adaptation of the life of Olympic runner Steve Prefontaine, Without Limits (1998), directed by Robert Towne. The actress rounded out the decade by taking on the supporting role of Lilli in the Richard Grieco and Yasmine Bleeth vehicle Heaven or Vegas (1999). Unfortunately, the drama film went straightly to a video release.
Disappearing from the scene for a short time, Potter returned with two major roles in 2001. She first portrayed Amanda Pierce, an art restorer rooming with supermodels who falls for a neighbor, in a gauche blend of romantic comedy and thriller film, Head Over Heels, opposite Freddie Prinze Jr. She was then cast along side Morgan Freeman as a Secret Service Agent named Jezzie Flannigan in the blockbuster hit Along Came a Spider. In 2002, Potter tasted the waters of romantic comedy again in the Jon Sherman-helmed I’m with Lucy, sharing the screen with Craig Bierko and Linda Halaska.
Following another hiatus, Potter made a return to series TV in 2004 by joining the cast of ABC’s Practice sequel, “Boston Legal,” in the regular role of ethical, slightly unconfident lawyer Lori Colson. She stayed in the David E. Kelley-created snarky lawyer show until 2005. She also costarred with William H. Macy, Tom Selleck and Felicity Huffman in the CBS miniseries “Reversible Errors,” adapted from a Scott Turow novel. Meanwhile, the attractive actress continued to pursue film career by appearing as Alison Gordon, the estranged and suspicious wife of Cary Elwes in the brutal horror film Saw (2004).