Michelle Monaghan: 'I was a one-time rebel'

Michelle Monaghan loves winning a well-earned role, as she knows that means she's creative capable of it.

Actress Michelle Monaghan has only ever been a rebel once - when she came home drunk as a teenager.

The brunette star has played a variety of characters over the years, from an aspiring actress in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang to a lieutenant colonel in Pixels. For her new Hulu TV series The Path, Michelle plays the mother of a rebellious teenage son who dates a girl who doesn't share the same religious beliefs as his parents. Quizzed on her behaviour when younger, the actress admitted she only "messed up" once after drinking alcohol for the first time.

"My dad was kind of snickering on the front porch swing, and my mom was like, 'You hightail it and get into bed and we'll talk about this in the morning,'" Michelle recalled to Interview magazine, adding she was "so sick" and hungover the next day when her mum woke her up at 7am. And she was like, 'You get your butt downstairs right now and you hose down the steps on the front porch and then you're going to go to church and you're going to ask for forgiveness, and then you're grounded for the rest of the summer.'

"I was grounded for the rest of the summer! I was a rebel one time and then it never really happened again."

There was a positive outcome from her being grounded though, as a family trip to Chicago led to her being scouted by a model agent and eventually moving to New York. Despite receiving "cruel" feedback during auditions, it proved useful when Michelle decided to give acting a go.

Rejection didn't worry her when trying out for roles as growing up with older brothers gave her a "thick skin". If anything, Michelle says she loves the challenge of fighting for a part.

"I like it when I go in and I audition and I get the job, because that way, I know when I turn up on that first day, I earned it, they want me to be there. They know what I'm going to do creatively," she smiled.

"Maybe that's from my upbringing as well. My parents have worked their asses off their whole entire lives, they still do, and I never felt like anything would be handed to me. I never felt sorry for myself."

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