As the bawdy and insightful counterpart to the lab full of squints on the hit series Bones, Michaela Conlin is a dynamic presence; TV Guide’s top critic Matt Roush has blogged about her being “good enough to deserve her own show.”
Upon graduating with a B.F.A. degree from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Conlin was chosen to be a part of Bravo’s documentary series The It Factor, which focused on the lives of young actors in New York City. By the time the series aired, Conlin had already paved her own way to Los Angeles and landed a starring role on the drama MDs. She followed that with another lead role in The D.A., as an outspoken political consultant.
In film, Conlin has appeared as Adrien Brody’s lover in the Sundance favorite Love the Hard Way, and as confidante to Robin Tunney in the acclaimed independent film Open Window. She also appeared in the film Enchanted with Susan Sarandon and Patrick Dempsey.
An Irish-Chinese-American, Conlin was born and raised in Allentown, Pennsylvania, where she performed in community and regional theater from a young age and was quite comfortable with that medium by the time she began performing with the Atlantic Theater company and the Playwrights Horizon Theater School during college. The experience eventually led to her studies with the Experimental Theater Wing’s International Training Program in Amsterdam.