Michelle Monaghan: Michigan Avenue Magazine Covergirl Celebration

Posted Wednesday January 29, 2014 5:03 PM GMT

Enjoying time in the spotlight for the evening, Michelle Monaghan attended the Michigan Avenue magazine celebration in Chicago on Tuesday (January 28).

The "True Detective" star looked absolutely stunning in an emerald dress as she posed with her cover on the red carpet at the Windy City's Rockit.

During her interview with the publication, Miss Monaghan opened up about her transformation from modeling to acting. “I went to Columbia College in Chicago, and that’s where I started modeling. It was my dream to be an journalist, but it turns out that Columbia is one of the best film schools, and here I was studying journalism and loving it – even though I dropped out my senior year because I had no idea what I wanted to do."

Michelle continued, "I had this amazing opportunity sitting right there in front of me, but it’s just testament to where your life takes you, and at the time I realized I didn’t want ot be journal. I knew I wanted to live in New York City, and I thought, ‘I’m going to move to New York, and I’ll continue modeling for lack of anything else to do.’"

"It was there that I started going on casting for commercials, and a television series came to my modeling agency looking for an actress for a recurring role. The agency told me, ‘You’ve had good luck with some commercials; why don’t you audition?’ I get the job, and a former agent of mine in Chicago helped me set up some meetings with agents in New York. I’m still with that same agent today," she added.

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