Here I am. Moniqua Plante. Don’t let the spelling scare you, it’s pronounced like Monica, not Shaniqua. I act, produce and create. Think of me as a ray of sunshine on the subway or the weather girl who makes the hurricane sound like fun or an ass-kicking assassin for hire.
I was born & raised in San Francisco and started performing at an early age. I left the city by the bay to earn my degree in Literature from the University of Colorado in Boulder, where my parents will be happy to learn, I mainly honed my snowboarding skills.
After studying at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, I moved to Los Angeles. You can catch me on ABC’s Emmy nominated series “Nashville” as “Natasha”, the sexy love interest to series lead, Eric Close (Mayor Teddy Conrad). I’ve been so fortunate to work with the amazing actor, Eric Close & the brilliant writer/director/creator, Callie Khouri on “Nashville”; the comedic geniuses Molly Shannon & John Michael Higgins on NBC’s “Kath & Kim”; and alongside the uber talented Michael Cudlitz & Benjamin McKenzie on John Wells’ ‘Southland’ . If you’re an HBO/Cinemax fan, you can find me on Alan Ball’s original series “Banshee” & the sexy anthology series “Femme Fatales” . The start of 2015 is exciting…a few more episodes of “Nashville” coming up & the release of the horror film, ”The Burning Dead” with Danny Trejo. Yep, volcanos AND zombies!!
I produced my 1st feature film with Punching Bees Productions, “Beyond the Mat” released in 2014, it’s surely en route to an Oscar. Wink wink. But I have to confess that I’m most proud of my last two short films, “Buttons in the Ground” & “Pillow Talk”, which I also produced. These films allowed me to shine as an actor in ways I hadn’t experienced before and reminded me why I love acting. Together they have garnered over 19 nominations, winning 12 awards including four Best Actress Awards and Breakout Action Star for me. Check out “Pillow Talk” on iTunes here! http://bit.ly/1DjrFyF
I love what I do. I feel so lucky. It’s my job to show people as they live and storytelling shines a light on life experiences. No matter what role I play, from a heartbroken assassin or a young mother struggling to keep hope alive, I get to give the audience a chance to feel inspired, form their own opinions and shine a little more brightly in their own lives.