A Minneapolis native, spunky actress Molly Hagan grew up in the Fort Wayne, IN, area. She reportedly exhibited a love of theatrics from early childhood, and later came into her own as a drama major at Illinois' famed Northwestern University. Hagan moved to the Windy City and traveled the path of many an ingénue by supporting herself with waitressing jobs and accepting various roles; her Hollywood break arrived when her Chicago-based agent Joan Ellis decided to relocate to the West Coast, and Hagan followed. Under the management of Ellis, she racked up everything from supporting roles in TV miniseries (Dallas: The Early Years, 1986) to guest roles on a myriad of series (ALF, Dream On, Monk) to supporting turns in big-screen projects. These included the 1985 Chuck Norris action programmer Code of Silence, the 1998 Jerry Springer farce Ringmaster, and Alexander Payne's critically worshipped satire Election (1999). In 2007, Hagan signed for a supporting turn in director Neil Burger's The Lucky Ones (2008), a drama concerning three Iraqi war veterans who undertake a cross-country road trip in the U.S.