Michaela McManus joins the cast of NBC's "Awake" in the role of Tara, Rex's (Dylan Minette) tennis coach and confidant.
Growing up in Rhode Island, McManus always had a strong focus on acting and theater. She was a theater major at Fordham University, studied Shakespeare at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, and attended New York University's Graduate Acting Program.
McManus appeared in the short film "The Beautiful Lie," which won the 2006 MTV Movie Award for Best Student Filmmaker and sparked the start of her career. Other film credits include the upcoming Screen Media release "About Fifty" and the independent feature "Cafe."
On television, McManus played ADA Kim Greylek on NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit." McManus has had major recurring roles on the The CW's hit shows "One Tree Hill" and "The Vampire Diaries." She performed in the Ridley Scott/Tony Scott-produced pilot "Nomads," and has guest starred on "CSI: NY," "CSI: Miami," "Castle" and "The Paul Reiser Show."
Aside from her work on screen, McManus has also starred in several stage productions in her young career. She currently lives in Los Angeles, California.