St. Petersburg, Florida is pretty good at turning out dramatic talent.
There is Angela Bassett, of course, who was nominated for an Academy Award for her work in What’s Love Got to Do with It” and is currently starring on the NBC series “ER.”
And then there is Patrick Wilson, who has been nominated for Tony awards, Golden Globes and Emmys and stars in the upcoming film, Watchmen.
MONICA RAYMUND podcast excerpt: “I don’t know HOW I got this job! I hadnt graduated from Julliard yet; I was just the right person at the right time. I tested for the ‘Lie To Me’ pilot; a month later, I got the call that I got the job. I had to move my life to LA in a week! I don’t even have my diploma yet; I haven’t had time to go by the school and get my degree!”
Monica Raymund is the latest to emerge from this sunny city on Tampa Bay. A graduate of Shorecrest Preparatory School—like Wilson—and the daughter of two of the community’s best known and most philanthropic residents, Steve and Sonia Raymund, Monica exploded on the national scene a few weeks ago on the new Fox TV series, “Lie To Me.”
For once, it might be fair to say that Monica is an overnight sensation: before “Lie To Me,” her best known credit was an episode of “Law & Order: SVU.” In fact, her IMDB listing only has one other credit!
MONICA RAYMUND podcast excerpt: “I went to Shorecrest Prep in St. Petersburg, Florida. I had a very strong academic background; I enjoyed being a student, I loved going to school. I wanted to go into science — biochemistry, maybe doing forensics. I didn’t expect to get into Juilliard, so when I did, I decided to go for the dream.”
“Lie To Me” stars Tim Roth — best known for the opening and closing scenes of Pulp Fiction — and Kelli Williams, a star of “The Practice.”
In “Lie To Me,” Raymund is a gifted natural interpreter of non-verbal cues. Her character, Ria Torres, is the newest member of the agency, and one of the few “naturals” in the field of deception detection. She has a raw, untrained ability to read people that makes her a force to be reckoned with.
Key interview moments:
• 8:00 Making the unexpected jump from Juilliard student to co-star on “Lie To Me” opposite Tim Roth, Kelli Williams, and Mekhi Phifer;
• 20:00 Play ‘Lie To Me’ at home with the kids;
• 31:00 Former Tampa Tribune movie critic Bob Ross calls in;
• 38:45 If I didn’t get into The Juilliard School, I planned to go into…