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Why Angela From The Whole Truth Looks So Familiar

Murders and why people murder remain evergreen topics across a wide range of media. Netflix, for example, recently added to their slate of true crime documentaries with the release of "Murder Among the Mormons." The show recounts a series of bombings in Salt Lake City in the 1980s that seemingly targeted collectors of Mormon artifacts, particularly those with links to a document called the Salamander Letter. The series became a streaming hit shortly after its release.

The title of the film "The Whole Truth," released in 2016, evokes the very same tension behind true crime documentaries like "Murder Among the Mormons." In the film, a 17-year-old boy (Gabriel Basso) stands accused of murder. Whether or not he committed the central murder and why remain the "truth" referenced in the film's title.

Whether in a real-life exposé or a script about a murder like "The Whole Truth," witnesses are paramount to gathering the facts of a crime. In "The Whole Truth," flight attendant Angela Morey is the first such witness called to share her testimony. If the actor behind the role of Angela, Nicole Barré, seems familiar, it's likely due to her ongoing career predominately in TV.

Barré portrayed a doctor in an episode of NCIS: New Orleans

Nicole Barré appeared early on into the run of the New Orleans-based spin-off of "NCIS," playing a doctor named Melora Haley the series' second episode, titled "Carrier." In it, Special Agent Tony DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly) of "NCIS" fame leads an investigation into the death of a naval officer, which it turns out was caused by the bubonic plague. Doctor Melora Haley is one of the medical experts weighing in on the investigation.

Though Barré only played the part in a single episode of "NCIS: New Orleans," her performance marks one among numerous roles in projects based in New Orleans. Barré also worked as an offscreen voice actor in six episodes of David Simon's New Orleans drama "Treme" and starred in a New Orleans-based short film titled "Le Pardon." According to her IMDb profile, not only was Barré born in the Big Easy, but she returned to her hometown in 2007 to focus on projects filmed in the area. Thus, her roles in "NCIS: New Orleans," "Treme," and "Le Pardon" all appear to be the result of her return home.

Nicole Barré was a detective in Mr. Mercedes

Continuing the theme of criminal dramas that feature her in some capacity, Barré joined the cast of TV series "Mr. Mercedes" for a run of five episodes as Detective Izzy Torres. "Mr. Mercedes" is based on a series of novels by Stephen King which revolve around a retired detective named Bill Hodges. When the series opens, Hodges is attempting to catch a mass murderer known only by the moniker that titles the series. The mysterious Mr. Mercedes drove his car into a large crowd, killing 16 people. His nickname, them, is taken from the manufacturer of the car that doubled as his murder weapon.

Barré's Detective Torres works as the partner of main cast member Peter Dixon (Scott Lawrence) in the series' first season. Since Hodges is retired, his investigation into Mr. Mercedes sometimes requires the aid of those working as detectives in an official capacity. Thus, Pete is a key liaison for Hodges, as is Izzy throughout Season 1.

Barré portrayed Kathy in The Walking Dead

Barré's largest role to date, purely on the basis of volume, was in "The Walking Dead" as Oceanside resident Kathy. She appeared in 10 episodes of "The Walking Dead" in total between the years of 2016 and 2018, encompassing appearances in Seasons 7 through 9.

Kathy is first introduced in the Season 7 episode "Swear," which is the series' debut of the Oceanside community of zombie apocalypse survivors located adjacent to a Virginia beach. As the series' principle group of survivors from the Alexandria Safe-Zone community then attempt to establish a degree of diplomacy with Oceanside, Kathy remains one of the key members of the community, often playing a role in relations between the two groups. It's later revealed that Kathy was once part of a group of survivors led by Simon, a trusted advisor to recurring villain Negan and a major antagonist in his own right. Given the massive popularity of "The Walking Dead" (despite declining viewership, the show still draws audiences in the millions) Kathy is arguably Nicole Barré's most recognizable role from the entirety of her acting career.