If you love movie plots that are infused with a lot of love stories, then perhaps you loved One Tree Hill when it was all the rage. Michaela McManus played the role of Lindsey Strauss in the final two seasons of the series. This still stands as one of the most successful roles in her career.
Michaela is a versatile actress, however, and has played vastly different roles successfully, not to mention also having worked with some big networks like The CW, and NBC. Mcmanus who has done mostly television work is known for her time on shows like Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Aquarius, Into the Grizzly, and The Village.
Michaela McManus – Biography
The actress was born in the town of Warwick, in Kent County, Rhode Island, on May 20, 1983. Her father is James “Jim” McManus, and her mother is Patricia McManus. There is no information revealing whether she has siblings or if she is an only child.
For her education, Michaela had her high school education at Toll Gate High School, in her home town of Warwick. She graduated in 2001. McManus enrolled at Fordham University, in New York City. She subsequently went through the graduate acting program at New York University, then relocated to Los Angeles to start an acting career.
Michaela has also started her own family with her husband Mike Daniels. Both work in the same industry, as Mike makes a living as a writer and producer. He has done writing and production work on projects like Sons of Anarchy, Shades of Blue, and Taken among others.
The couple tied the knot on July 3, 2011. Their first child, a son, arrived on April 3, 2014. They named him Gabriel October Daniels. Michaela McManus became a mother of two with the arrival of their second child, Declan Griffith Daniels in September 2016.
Movies and TV shows
In her debut year, Michaela McManus played minor roles in two short movies: Cosa Bella and The Beautiful Lie. A third consecutive short film came the following year titled, I Graduated, But…
However, in 2008, her career began to gain traction. Michaela was in three major series that year. She joined the cast of One Tree Hill in its fifth season, and played the ex-wife of Chad Michael Murray‘s character, Lucas Scott for 17 episodes, culminating in the sixth season. She also appeared as Kim Greylek in 22 episodes of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and as Susan Montgomery in an episode if CSY: NY.
Her acting pedigree continued to grow as over the next few years, she made appearances in a few prime time series. Some of them include Castle, CSI: Miami, and Hawaii Five-0, all before 2012. In 2010 and 2011, she appeared as Jules in The CW series, Vampire Diaries. Her role on the show lasted for six episodes.
Michaela McManus played Tara in NBC’s Awake for 13 episodes. She followed that up with a recurring role as Noelle Saris on Necessary Roughness in 2012 and 2013. In 2015, she played a major role as Kaley in the movie Into the Grizzly and was Rose on the short film Not Right Now. Finally, to round up the year, she started work on the series Aquarius portraying Grace Karn. The role lasted for 21 episodes, ending sometime in 2016.
The Warwick native has continued to grow her portfolio with roles in series like Threadbare (2017), The Magicians (2018), and Orville (2017–2019). She was also involved in a supporting role on the series SEAL. She was the character Alana Hayes for ten episodes from 2017 to 2018. In 2019, she was brought on as part of the cast of The Village, where she was given the role of Sarah Campbell on the series.
Celebrity Facts About Michaela McManus
- Besides her time at NYU, McManus also had a stint at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in the first half of 2004.
- Emma Dumont who plays her on-screen daughter on Aquarius is actually only 11 years younger than Michaela in reality.
- McManus is one of the celebrity alumni of Fordham University, along with another famous name – Denzel Washington.
- When the filming of One Tree Hill was put on hold due to the strike by the Writers Guild of America in 2007, she decided to earn some extra money by working as the desk girl at the gym in the E! Entertainment building.
- Michaela McManus has also appeared on a music video for a song titled “Glad You Came” by The Wanted.
- She worked alongside her husband on the sets of One Tree Hill, The Village, and Vampire Diaries. He produced and wrote many episodes of these series while McManus was part of the cast.