Monica Raymund (born July 26, 1986) is an American actress known for her roles as Maria "Ria" Torres in the Fox police drama Lie to Me (2009–2011), Dana Lodge in the CBS legal drama The Good Wife (2011–2012) and Gabriela Dawson in the NBC drama Chicago Fire (2012–present).

Early life and education

Raymund was born in St. Petersburg, Florida to Steve Raymund, the board chairman and retired CEO of Tech Data Corp., a Clearwater-based distributor of computer components and software,[1][2] and Sonia, "a community volunteer [and the] co-founder of the Soulful Arts Dance Academy in St. Petersburg,"[3] who hails from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.[2][4] Her father is a "Jewish California native" (his family was from Germany and Eastern Europe).[4] Raymund has a brother, Will, who was a graduate of Berklee College of Music,[3][4] she was raised Jewish, and celebrated becoming a bat mitzvah. In high school, she participated in the "Broadway Theater Project in Tampa and at the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem."[3]

Raymund graduated from Shorecrest Preparatory School in St. Petersburg, Florida in 2004, and from the Juilliard School in New York City in 2008.


Reportedly, Raymund performed in Cymbeline directed by Richard Feldman, The Diviners (directed by Jonathan Bernstein), and Animal Farm (directed by Trizana Beverley) all at the Juilliard School.[5]

Raymund also appeared in her native St. Petersburg, Florida in the LiveArts Peninsula Foundation's original production of Manhattan Casino (directed by Bob Devin Jones) where she originated the leading role of Althea Dunbar and Webb's City: The Musical (music & lyrics by Lee Ahlin, written and directed by William Leavengood)."[5][6] Raymund "is a three-year alumna of Ann Reinking's Broadway Theater Project, where she has been a featured performer."[5]

Raymund has also "worked with playwright José Rivera on Boleros for the Disenchanted at the Huntington Theatre Company in Boston" in 2008.[3] In April 2008, she appeared the NBC legal drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, in season 9 episode 17 titled "Authority" in the opening scene as a strip search prank call victim. From 2009 to 2011, she starred in the Fox police drama Lie to Me, where she played Maria "Ria" Torres, a human lie detector who is a "natural", meaning she has no formal training in detecting lies or the emotions of others. She was using crutches because of a knee injury when she auditioned for this role.

From 2011 until 2012, Raymund had a recurring role in the third season of the CBS legal drama The Good Wife, where she played Dana Lodge, an assistant states attorney.[7]

In 2012, Raymund began starring in the NBC drama Chicago Fire as Gabriela Dawson, the paramedic in charge.

Personal life

On June 11, 2011, Raymund married writer Neil Patrick Stewart.[8] Raymund and Stewart separated in early 2013 and divorced in 2014.[9]

Raymund is an ardent supporter of LGBT rights. In February 2014, she came out publicly as bisexual for the first time via Twitter.[10] Before that, she had been out privately for over ten years.[10] On September 16, 2015, Raymund announced via Twitter that she had begun dating Tari Segal.[9]


Year Title Role Notes
2007 Fighter Sarah Short film
2008 Love? Pain Short film
2012 Arbitrage Reina
2012 Fifty Grades of Shay Dialect Tape Short film
2013 Brahmin Bulls Maya
Year Title Role Notes
2008 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Trini Martinez "Authority" (season 9: episode 17)
2009–2011 Lie to Me Maria "Ria" Torres Main role; 48 episodes
2011 Blue Bloods Luisa Sosa "Critical Condition" (season 2: episode 3)
2011–2012 The Good Wife Dana Lodge Recurring role; 9 episodes
2012–present Chicago Fire Gabriela Dawson Main role
2013 Body of Proof FBI Video Analysis Agent "Disappearing Act" (season 3: episode 9)
2014–present Chicago P.D. Gabriela Dawson Recurring role
Imagen Award for Best Actress in Television in 2013
2016 Chicago Med Gabriela Dawson Episode: "Malignant"


  1. ^ Winchester, Donna (May 23, 2004). "Bye, high school; hello, tomorrow". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved July 30, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Deggans, Eric (January 25, 2009). "St. Petersburg native, 'Lie To Me' co-star Monica Raymund ready to put in the work". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved July 30, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d Park, Mary Jane (January 11, 2009). "St. Petersburg actor has role in Fox's 'Lie to Me'". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved July 30, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c Leal, Samantha (9 October 2012). "Introducing 'Chicago Fire' Star Monica Raymund". Latina (magazine). Retrieved 10 October 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c "Biography". Archived from the original on January 15, 2007. 
  6. ^ Stephens, Janel (February 23, 2003). "Striking similarities". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved July 30, 2011. 
  7. ^ Porter, Rick (September 9, 2011). "'The Good Wife': 'Lie to Me's' Monica Raymund will catch Cary's eye". Zap2It. Retrieved January 8, 2016. 
  8. ^ Heyman, Marshall (June 11, 2011). "Dinner, with Drama". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved July 10, 2011. 
  9. ^ a b Gilchrist, Tracy E. (September 16, 2015). "Bisexual Chicago Fire Star Monica Raymund Introduces the World to Her Girlfriend Via Twitter". SheWired. Retrieved January 8, 2016. 
  10. ^ a b Hallowell, Lucy (February 10, 2014). ""Chicago Fire" star Monica Raymund comes out as bisexual on Twitter". AfterEllen. Retrieved February 10, 2014.