Monica Keena was born on 28 May 1979, in Brooklyn, New York City USA, to Mary, a nurse, and William Keena, a financial sales manager. She is an actress, probably best known for her role of Abby Morgan in the television series “Dawson’s Creek”.
So just how rich is Monica Keena at present? Sources state that Keena has acquired a fortune of over $500,000, as of early 2017, accumulated during her acting career which began in the mid-‘90s.
Monica Keena Net Worth $500,000
Keena grew up in Brooklyn, along with her sister, where she attended Saint Ann’s School. She excelled in various forms of art, such as dancing, singing, drawing and acting, from her early childhood, which led her to enroll at the prestigious Manhattan’s LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts when she was 13 years old, attending both the dramatic and the vocal arts departments of the school.
Monica soon got the opportunity to land her first role, a small part in the short film “Burning Love”. She made her feature film debut in 1995, with the role of Mary Callaghan in the romantic comedy “While You Were Sleeping”, and went on to land a supporting role in the supernatural drama thriller film “The Devil’s Advocate” and a lead role as Lilli Hoffman in the horror film “Snow White: A Tale of Terror” in the following year. Meanwhile, she landed several television gigs as well, appearing in series such as “Law & Order” and “Homicide: Life on the Street”. Her involvement in these projects paved her way to recognition, considerably adding to her net worth.
In 1998 Keena secured a major TV role, being cast in the WB’s teen drama series “Dawson’s Creek”, in the recurring part of trouble-making Abby Morgan, which earned her a great deal of fame and significantly increased her wealth.
Opportunities continued to come Keena’s way in the 2000s as well; she starred as Rachel Lindquist in the short-lived TV series “Undeclared”, and had the recurring part of Kristen in the series “Entourage”. As for the big screen, she starred as rock musician Marta in “The Simian Line”, and as Roseanne in “Crime and Punishment in Suburbia”. Keena had the leading role of Lory Campbell in the slasher film “Freddy vs. Jason”, and as Brooke in “Bad Girls from Valley High”. All contributed to her net worth.
The actress went on to make guest appearances in a number of popular television series, such as “Grey’s Anatomy”, “Without a Trace”, “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”, “Ghost Whisperer”, “Private Practice” and “Castle”, among other. She has also done some voice-over work, providing her voice for the series “Robot Chicken” and “Beavis and Butt-head”. Other notable film parts came in “Left in Darkness”, “Loaded”, “The Narrows” and “40 Days and Nights”, all of which boosted her fortune.
Keena’s most recent film parts were in the 2015 apocalyptic thriller “Aftermath” and in the 2017 mystery drama thriller “The Ghost and the Whale”. She is currently involved in filming “Mansion Girls” and “Karma”, both being in pre-production in mid-2017.
When it comes to her private life, Keena has had a long, on-and-off relationship with actor Edward Furlong, and been involved in controversy, as Furlong was twice arrested for assaulting Keena.
Requested that her character Abby Morgan be written out of Dawson's Creek (1998) as her boyfriend at the time was living in New York and she didn't like being in Wilmington, North Carolina, where the show filmed.
The school she attended in Brooklyn Heights, Saint Ann's, was once named #1 school in the country by The Wall Street Journal.
She has performed at the Heights Players in Brooklyn in Little Women (as Beth) and The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe as Lucy (alongside actor Tim Realbuto).
Monica has always found an outlet for her creativity. As a child, she immersed herself in classes, determined to perfect her craft in drawing, painting, singing and dance
Monica auditioned for acceptance into LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts, made famous by Fame (1980) and its follow-up TV series Fame (1982). She was accepted into both the vocal and dramatic arts department, and chose drama.
As a young child, she was always drawing, painting, dancing and singing.
Won an award in 7th grade for reciting the poem "Casey at the Bat".
Has been rollerskating and skatebording since a young child.
Says that her film Ripe (1996) is the movie that she is most proud of.
Roles in Horror Films
Tommy Lee's talent is amazing. In playing our father figure, our protector, he got to play these sweet emotional scenes that made me want to cry. Whenever I was in scenes with him, he made me miss my own dad.
My grandmother and my mother raised me, and we always shopped at the Salvation Army. We'd find things that were really cheap, so it's hard for me to justify spending a lot of money on material things.
In the second grade, I went to a friend's house and we snuck into the original A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984). I was absolutely terrified for a month, because I had never been allowed to watch movies like this. My mother had to take me to the pediatrician to figure out why I wasn't sleeping or eating.
I had read the script, really liked it and was very impressed with Rob at our first meeting, I'm also really good friends with Vincent Kartheiser, who plays Vincent, and we had talked about how great it would be to work together. It's the first role I think I've ever been offered, so it was nice.
My mom called this morning to make sure I was still alive, that I haven't been mugged, that I haven't been raped. She likes it when I have people over so that I'm not alone. Somehow she's under the illusion that the buddy system works for home invasion. Psychos are too lazy to kill four people as opposed to one. I love my mom. She just has issues.
The only things I've ever stuck with are school and acting. Probably the only two things I've ever been truly passionate about. The only two things that haven't let me down, the only things that I know won't break me.
I went to college so my parents would feel more secure about acting. It's a fallback. I have a degree, if I wake up tomorrow and decide that acting just isn't my bag anymore. My dad really doesn't appreciate my acting too much. After Crime + Punishment in Suburbia (2000), I think he had come to the conclusion that Drama Camp every summer was actually a camp where I learned how to fake orgasms. But I'd rather fake orgasms than be working a 9-5 and coming home disgusted about my job.
I've only seen two horror movies in my life, and one of them was A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), when I was about eight years old. And it scared me so much that I couldn't sleep for two or three months. So I always swore I would never do a horror movie. It was very cathartic to be working with Freddy and to realize he's not a real person. Robert Englund is a really sweet guy under all the make-up.
In many horror movies from the past, the women have always just been sex objects, there only to look pretty and get murdered. But my character is the leader and the strongest person in the group. It's exciting; it's like an action movie. It's a very strong part for a young woman. I felt like Lara Croft.
Judy Garland is my favorite. I know all her songs and have seen all of her movies.
I'm a Gemini, so I have two personalities. I was really silly. I did crazy Woody Allen voices all the time, but I was also very shy around boys. And I had the older boyfriend. I met up recently with guys I knew in high school, and they said, "I used to have a crush on you, but you had that stupid older boyfriend." And they're really cute now!
I stopped eating. I got very skinny and looked sickly. I was having a panic attack at the age of 8. Whenever it got dark, I would freak out. And kids are so cruel, because I remember telling my two best friends about it: "I think I heard Freddy Krueger in my room last night." And they would be like, "Really? Because he was in my room and his claw was pulling down my covers.
I love acting but it can be hard. People have the tendency to want to make you into a cliche, to dress a certain way, be a certain weight, look a certain way. If you don't fit into those categories, it's almost like you're secondary.
I don't hang out with lots of famous people or go to big Hollywood parties. I still have the same friends that I had in high school. I would rather hang out with the people who liked me when I was a nerd in high school than the people who just want to know me because of the roles I've played. Lately, so many people have come out of the woodwork and said, "Hey, now you can hang out with us, and be in with the in crowd."I really avoid those people.
When you see stars at parties, it doesn't dawn on you that it's them. I've seen big celebs and want to say "Don't I know you?" I don't consider myself a celeb or running in the same circles. I don't expect any one to know me. But it's always flattering when it happens
Since I've been in Los Angeles shooting the show, I've been going with friends to this really cool old roller rink. I like it 'cause it's fun to do something normal in Los Angeles like that-drink Cokes, eat pizza, and skate.
It's pretty overwhelming to know that people can call up Moviefone and find out where your movie is playing.I went to the movies the other night and just stood in front of a huge poster of me.It was so weird.
I'm a slob. I'm one of the messier people in the world. My house is a mess all the time. I have no idea how it gets this messy. My dishes get so dirty I consider just buying new ones. And the laundry! Sometimes I have to borrow clothes from wardrobe before the weekend so I can have jeans to wear when I'm doing the laundry.
I worked with James DeBello and Vincent Kartheiser, and their real names are the same names they use in the movie, Crime + Punishment in Suburbia (2000). So, when we would all be filming a scene, sometimes they would call me Monica, instead of my character's name, and we would have to do the whole scene over again.
I was offered a TV movie during the last two weeks of high school but turned it down,I didn't want to have my diploma mailed to me!
I don't like these teeny-bopper movies that have no substance. I'd just as soon not work at all.
Josh is so funny. He was such a practical joker on the set. He used to moon us a lot. I mean he still does... I'm just not there to see it.
"I'm really short and, because regular pants don't fit me right, I always get to wear my own clothes on my shows, like Undeclared (2001) and Dawson's Creek (1998).
If I won an Oscar I'd first thank my mother. She's always been the most supportive of me. She's been there for me my whole life.
"I think my 8-year-old-self would be really proud of me that I'm finally kicking the crap out of these guys." -- on working on Freddy vs. Jason (2003).