Call me a bit late for discovering the Showtime series House of Lies after the first season completed. My excuse is that I’m not a TV watcher. A friend of mine recommended that I check out the series because she thought the show’s theme would actually hold my attention long enough to sit in front of a TV. She was right.
About the series
Charming, fast talking Marty Kaan and his crack team of management consultants know how to play the corporate game better than anyone, by using every dirty trick in the book to woo powerful CEOs and close huge deals. In the board rooms, barrooms, and bedrooms of the power elite, corruption is business as usual and everyone’s out for themselves first. Nothing is sacred in this scathing, irreverent satire of corporate America today. Outrageous, subversive and wildly funny, HOUSE OF LIES stars Academy Award® nominee Don Cheadle and Kristen Bell.
And then there’s Dawn Olivieri. She plays Monica Talbot, Marty’s ex-wife and mother of their son, Roscoe. Monica is also a top consultant with a rival firm, making her Marty’s professional nemesis.
Along with being a sociopath, Monica is trying to overcome her recklessness, immaturity, and substance-abusing ways. She also struggles to be a mother to Roscoe, but that doesn’t stop her from trying; mostly as a revenge tactic against Marty to prevent him from being happy.
Ms. Olivieri caught my eye over the course of season 1. In character as Monica Talbot, Olivieri comes across as aggressive, alluring, dangerous and simply irresistible. Marty has a real problem as a result of his involvement with her, and that’s not entirely a bad thing.
Olivieri was born in St. Petersburg, Florida and raised in Seminole, Florida. She attended University of South Florida with an academic scholarship, and majored in chemistry. Her intention was to become a veterinarian, but she chose to follow her dreams, and pursue her passion for human chemistry, in television and film.
Olivieri started her career entertainment as model. Her progression to television and film was natural and expeditious. Her name is now synonymous with strong, female characters, each one finely crafted by her. Over the past five years Olivieri has appeared in a number of popular television shows, including CBS’s “How I Met Your Mother” and “Cold Case,” HBO’s “Entourage,” NBC’s “Las Vegas” and “Knight Rider,” SYFY’s “Stargate: Atlantis,” TNT’s “Trust Me,” and TBS’s “My Boys.” In 2009, Olivieri landed the role of “Lydia” on season four of the award-winning, NBC series “Heroes,” which gave her national and international recognition. She also plays “Janice Herveaux” on the hit HBO series “True Blood”.