Michaela Conlin (born June 9, 1978) is an American actress, best known for her role as Angela Montenegro on the Fox crime procedural comedy-drama Bones.

Early life

Conlin was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania,[5] to a Chinese mother, an accountant,[6] and a father of Irish descent, a contractor.[7]

She performed in her first play at the age of seven, and continued to appear on stage in numerous Pennsylvania community and regional productions. She attended Parkland High School, where she starred in productions of Bye Bye Birdie and The Crucible. After graduating from high school in 1996, she moved to New York City to study acting and was accepted into New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.[5] While working toward her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater, she appeared in several productions at the Atlantic Theater Company, the Playwrights Horizons Theater School, and Stonestreet Studios Conservatory, and she traveled to Amsterdam to study with the Experimental Theatre Wing's International Training Program.

Acting career

Television work

Following her graduation from NYU, Conlin was chosen to be a part of the cable documentary series The It Factor, which focused on the lives of young actors in New York City. Soon after, she relocated to Los Angeles, California, where she landed her first starring role in the ABC drama series MDs, playing an idealistic young intern taken under the wing of the hospital's two renegade doctors, played by William Fichtner and John Hannah. She followed that with a leading role in the ABC drama series The D.A., playing an outspoken political consultant to Steven Weber's district attorney.

Conlin plays Angela Montenegro on the popular Fox drama Bones, which stars Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz. In the series, Angela is married to Dr. Jack Hodgins (T. J. Thyne), while her father is ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, who plays a fictionalized version of himself. Angela's full name is Angela "Pookie Noodlin" Pearly Gates Montenegro, with Pearly Gates also being the name of Gibbons' Les Paul guitar. In 2008, Conlin was nominated for an Asian Excellence Award in the category of Supporting Television actress for her role on Bones.[8]


In addition to her television work, Conlin portrayed Detective Heidi Sobel in the 2011 drama film The Lincoln Lawyer. She also appeared in Open Window, opposite Robin Tunney, and Love the Hard Way, which starred Adrien Brody.



2001Love the Hard WayCara
2002Pipe DreamTV reporter
2006Open WindowMiranda
2011The Lincoln LawyerHeidi Sobel
2015Baby, Baby, BabyCourtney LeePost-production
2016The Disappointments RoomJules


2001Law & OrderRockyEpisode: "Swept Away - A Very Special Episode"
2002The DivisionHouse directorEpisode: "Illusions"
2002MDsDr. Maggie Yang10 episodes
2003JAGLt. Mary NashEpisode: "Posse Comitatus"
2003The D.A.Jinette McMahon4 episodes
2005–2017BonesAngela Montenegro246 episodes
2016CasualClaireEpisode: "Death And Taxes"