Monica Potter (born Monica Gregg Brokaw; June 30, 1971) is an American film and television actress, best known for her starring roles as Tricia Poe in Con Air, Carin in Patch Adams, and Emma in the 2009 remake of The Last House on the Left.

She played Alison Gordon in the first Saw film.

Early Life

Monica Potter was born as Monica Gregg Brokaw on June 30, 1971, in Cleveland, Ohio, to Nancy and Paul Brokaw. Her mother was a secretary in a hospital, while her father invented the first flame-resistant car wax. Potter has three sisters - Kerry, Jessica, and Brigette. Her maternal grandparents were Irish immigrants, and she was raised Catholic.

During her childhood, she attended the Villa Angela Academy and graduated from Euclid High School. She also spent part of her early years in Arab, Alabama. Potter had wanted to be an actress since childhood. She began acting at the Cleveland Play House when she was in elementary school. Starting at the age of 12, she worked at a flower shop, and later in her teens, a sub sandwich shop and did some modeling for newspaper and magazine advertisements and local commercials. After appearing in several ads in Chicago, Potter relocated to Los Angeles in 1994. In 1995, she appeared in the Alan Jackson music video for Tall, Tall, Trees.


Potter made her screen debut in 1994 on the CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless as Sharon Newman. She later appeared in several feature films, including Con Air and Patch Adams, opposite Robin Williams. In 1998, Potter played the love interest of doomed distance runner Steve Prefontaine in the movie Without Limits, and also appeared in the British comedy Martha, Meet Frank, Daniel and Laurence the same year. In 2001, she had two major roles, co-starring with Freddie Prinze, Jr. in Head Over Heels, and in the thriller Along Came a Spider with Morgan Freeman, based on the James Patterson best-seller.

In 2004, Potter played the role of Alison Gordon in the first Saw film. Later, she worked on television. She was a cast member of the ABC legal drama Boston Legal but left during the second season. In 2009, Potter became a cast member of the new TNT series Trust Me, which was canceled after the first season due to low ratings. In 2009, she had a lead role in the horror-thriller remake of Wes Craven's The Last House on the Left, opposite Tony Goldwyn.

Potter played the role of Kristina Braverman in the comedy-drama Parenthood, receiving critical acclaim for her performance in the fourth season. In 2013, she won the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Drama Supporting Actress. Furthermore, she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film for her role in the show.

In 2015, Potter was joined by her mother and all three sisters on Celebrity Family Feud. The following year, she appeared in an HGTV reality series titled Welcome Back Potter, which chronicled the purchase and restoration of her childhood home in Cleveland, Ohio, 30 years after the family sold it in 1987.

Personal Life

Potter was married to Tom Potter from 1990 to 1998. Together, they have two sons. In June 2005, Potter married Daniel Christopher Allison, an orthopedic surgeon. Potter and Allison have one child, a daughter named Molly Brigid Allison, born on August 3, 2005. In 2004, Potter's father died of cardiovascular disease.



Year Title Role
1996 Bulletproof Biker's Woman
1997 Con Air Tricia Poe
1998 A Cool, Dry Place Kate Durrell
Martha - Meet Frank, Daniel and Laurence Martha
Heaven or Vegas Lilli
Without Limits Mary Marckx
Patch Adams Carin
2001 Head Over Heels Amanda
Along Came a Spider Jezzie Flannigan
2002 I'm with Lucy Lucy
2003 The Lunchbox Chronicles Kate
2004 The Amazing Westermans
Saw Alison Gordon
Reversible Errors Muriel Wynn
2007 Protect and Serve Lizzie Borelli
2008 Lower Learning Laura Buchwald
2009 The Last House on the Left Emma
2014 Disordered Monica Lynch
Truckin' Heather Fairchild


Year Title Role
1994 The Young and the Restless Sharon Newman
2004-2005 Boston Legal Lori Colson
2009 Trust Me Sarah Krajicek-Hunter
2010-2015 Parenthood Kristina Braverman
2017-2018 Wisdom of the Crowd Alex


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