Monica Barbaro (born June 17, 1990) is an American actress. She began her career as a ballet dancer, ultimately giving it up to pursue acting. She is known for portraying the character of Yael on the second season of the critically acclaimed Lifetime television series Unreal. Yael was also known as "Hot Rachel," a nemesis to the character portrayed by Shiri Appleby. Following her work on Unreal, she joined the cast as a lead of the new NBC legal drama Chicago Justice which joins Dick Wolf's Chicago franchise. Barbaro portrays Anna Valdez, a well-educated, whip-smart, quick-tongued and sharp-witted Assistant State’s Attorney.  She had her first lead role in the viral short film It's not about the Nail.