Robina-or Robin-Tunney (born June 19, 1972) is an American actress of stage, television, and film.Tunney was born in Chicago, Illinois to a car salesman father and a bartender mother. Tunney is Irish American; her father emigrated from Ireland and her mother is a first generation Irish-American. Tunney is Roman Catholic, and grew up on the South Side of Chicago. Robin graduated from Carl Sandburg High School in the class of 1990. She then went on to study acting at the Chicago Academy for the Arts.At the age of eighteen, Tunney moved to Los Angeles, California and obtained several recurring TV roles on Class of '96, Law & Order, Dream On, and Life Goes On. Her breakthrough role was as a suicidal teenager in Empire Records before receiving the leading role as a Gothic witch in The Craft, alongside Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell and Rachel True. Robin shaved her head for her role in Empire Records, and had to wear a wig in The Craft.In 1997, Tunney starred in Bob Gosse's Niagara, Niagara with Henry Thomas in a performance which garnered her the Best Actress award Volpi Cup at the 1997 Venice International Film Festival. Tunney also starred opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 1999 action film End of Days. She is also an internet favorite for her nude scenes in the such films as Investigating Sex and Supernova.She was ranked #81 on the Maxim Hot 100 Women of 2001. She also starred in the House episode "Pilot" as a kindergarten teacher who collapses before her class and descends into dysphasia.She starred as Veronica Donovan on the first season of Prison Break.She has a minor role in the film August released on July 11, 2008.She is set to star opposite Simon Baker in the CBS drama series, "The Mentalist", scheduled to debut in September 2008. She will also appear in the upcoming comedy Passenger Side along side Adam Scott and Joel Bissonnette.