Raised by her mother and grandmother.
She has performed at the Heights Players in Brooklyn in Little Women (as Beth) and The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe as Lucy (alongside actor Tim Realbuto).
Requested that her character Abby Morgan be written out of Dawson's Creek (1998) as her boyfriend at the time was living in New York and she didn't like being in Wilmington, North Carolina, where the show filmed.
She took her grandmother to the Freddy vs. Jason (2003) premiere.
Monica auditioned for acceptance into LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts, made famous by Fame (1980) and its follow-up TV series Fame (1982). She was accepted into both the vocal and dramatic arts department, and chose drama.