The AV Club

How Top Gun: Maverick star Monica Barbaro developed a pilot’s swagger

As Top Gun: Maverick enters its second weekend in theaters, after giving Tom Cruise the biggest box office opening of his career, some of the conversation around the film is shifting to the performances from the ensemble of gifted young actors who surround Cruise. One of those stars is Monica Barbaro, who plays “Phoenix,” one of Pete “Maverick” Mitchell’s trainees. Barbaro—who had demonstrated versatility in small-screen roles on the Lifetime dramatic series Unreal, NBC’s Chicago Justice, and AB

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