at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival
November 21, 1984 |
Sparks, Nevada, U.S.
Jena Malone (//; born November 21, 1984) is an American actress and musician who has appeared on television, in films, and on Broadway. She made her movie debut with the film Bastard Out of Carolina (1996), and has appeared in films including Contact (1997), Stepmom (1998), Donnie Darko (2001), Saved! (2004), Into the Wild (2007), The Ruins (2008), Sucker Punch (2011) and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013), the second film in the adaptation of the Hunger Games trilogy as Johanna Mason.
Malone is also an experimental musician who has released music both under her own name and as "The Shoe".
Early life 
Malone had lived in 27 locations by the age of nine, including Lake Tahoe, California. She was raised by her mother, Deborah, and her mother's girlfriend, whom she calls "Godmom," and began taking an interest in acting after watching her mother, who was involved in community theatre. She briefly moved to Las Vegas, hated it, and persuaded her mother to move on to Los Angeles. Malone was home-schooled from sixth to eighth grade. She attended the Professional Children's School, for the ninth grade, in New York, and quit it after a year, when she became legally emancipated, in January 2000. At some point she later obtained her General Educational Development (GED).
Malone progressed to professional acting with the 1996 film Bastard Out of Carolina. She was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Debut Performance and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance in a TV Movie or Miniseries for her role in the film, Ruth Anne 'Bone' Boatwright. From there, her roles have grown to include several Hollywood features. In 1997, she was nominated for a Golden Globe, Best Actress in a Mini-Series or TV Movie, for her role in Hope.
After working on various TV projects, and as a supporting actress in films such as Contact and Stepmom, Malone had her first cinematic leading role in the 2001 cult hit Donnie Darko as Gretchen Ross, the new girl in town who becomes the girlfriend of Jake Gyllenhaal's title character.
Malone co-produced the 2002 film American Girl, a drama in which she also acted. In the 2004 film Saved!, she got top billing in her first role as the primary star. In 2005, she played the spoiled fifth Bennet daughter Lydia in the film Pride and Prejudice. In 2006, she made her professional stage debut in the Broadway production of the Tony Award-winning play Doubt.
In 2007, it was announced that Malone was releasing her first single on The Social Registry, a New York City experimental music label. A number of tracks were posted to her MySpace page. Pitchfork Media has described Malone's music as "pretty out-there – bedroom electronics, spaced-out keyboards, and Malone's spare vocals." Malone's more recent musical work is performed as/with The Shoe.
Malone appeared in the horror film, The Ruins, which was released on April 4, 2008 and co-starred Shawn Ashmore, Laura Ramsey, and Jonathan Tucker. She played Lavinia in an off-Broadway revival of Eugene O'Neill's play Mourning Becomes Electra in 2009.
In 2012, Malone also starred in a two-part series on the YouTube channel 'Wigs' entitled "Dakota" as the mini-series' title character.
According to Rotten Tomatoes, Malone was in negotiations to portray Johanna Mason in the sequels to The Hunger Games, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay. It has also been slipped by Josh Hutcherson in an interview. It has now been confirmed she will play Johanna Mason in the film, to be released in late 2013.
|1996||Bastard Out of Carolina||Ruth Anne 'Bone' Boatwright|
|1999||The Book of Stars||Mary McGuire|
|1999||For Love of the Game||Heather Aubrey|
|2000||Cheaters (film)||Jolie Fitch|
|2001||Donnie Darko||Gretchen Ross|
|2001||Life as a House||Alyssa Beck|
|2002||The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys||Margie Flynn|
|2002||The Badge||Ashley Hardwick|
|2002||American Girl||Rena Grubb|
|2003||The United States of Leland||Becky Pollard|
|2003||Cold Mountain||Ferry Girl|
|2004||Howl's Moving Castle||Lettie (voice)|
|2005||The Ballad of Jack and Rose||Red Berry|
|2005||Pride & Prejudice||Lydia Bennet|
|2006||Container||The Woman/Speaker (voice)|
|2007||Four Last Songs||Frankie|
|2007||Into the Wild||Carine McCandless / Additional Narrator|
|2009||The Soloist||Cheery Lab Tech|
|2010||5 Star Day||Sarah Reynolds|
|2011||David Goldberg||Vida||Short film|
|2011||I Think Bad Thoughts||Jena||Short film|
|2012||In Our Nature||Andie|
|2012||Ten Cent Pistol||TBA||Filming|
|2013||The Hunger Games: Catching Fire||Johanna Mason||Filming|
|1996||Chicago Hope||Stacy Morissey||Episode: "Sweet Surrender"|
|1996||Hidden in America||Willa||TV movie|
|1997||Hope||Lilly Kate Burns||TV movie|
|1997||Ellen Foster||Ellen Foster||TV movie|
|1998||Homicide: Life on the Street||Debbie Straub||Episode: "Kellerman, P.I: Part 1"
Episode: "Kellerman, P.I.: Part 2"
|1999||Touched by an Angel||Casey||Episode: "Hearts"|
|2000||Cheaters||Jolie Fitch||TV movie|
|2001||The Ballad of Lucy Whipple||California Morning 'Lucy' Whipple||TV movie|
|2003||Hitler: The Rise of Evil||Geli Raubal||TV movie|
|2008||Law & Order||Michelle Landon||Episode: "Lost Boys"|
|2011||Robot Chicken||Boy George / Singer (voice)||Episode: "Beastmaster and Commander"|
|2012||Hatfields & McCoys||Nancy McCoy||TV miniseries|
|2012||WIGS: Dakota||Dakota||Episode: "Almost Up $6,640"|
|1996||CableACE Award||Best Actress in a Movie or Miniseries||Nominated||Ruth Anne 'Bone' Boatwright
in Bastard Out of Carolina
|Independent Spirit Award||Best Debut Performance||Nominated|
|Satellite Awards||Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made For Television||Nominated|
|Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries||Nominated|
|Young Artist Award||Best Performance in a TV Movie/Mini-Series - Young Actress||Won|
|1998||Saturn Award||Best Performance by a Younger Actor/Actress||Won||Young Ellie in Contact|
|Golden Globe Award||Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV||Nominated||Lilly Kate Burns in Hope|
|Young Artist Award||Best Performance in a TV Movie/Pilot/Mini-Series - Leading Young Actress||Won||Ellen Foster in Ellen Foster|
|1999||Blockbuster Entertainment Award||Favorite Supporting Actress - Drama||Nominated||Anna Harrison in Stepmom|
|Young Artist Award||Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actress||Won|
|2000||Blockbuster Entertainment Award||Favorite Supporting Actress - Drama/Romance||Nominated||Heather Aubrey in For Love of the Game|
|Young Artist Award||Best Performance in a Feature Film - Supporting Young Actress||Nominated|
|2001||DVD Exclusive Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Won||Mary McGuire in The Book of Stars|
|2004||Sonoma Valley Film Festival||Imagery Honors||Won||-- --|
|2005||Satellite Awards||Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical||Nominated||Mary in Saved!|
|2008||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture||Nominated||Carine McCandless in Into the Wild
shared with rest of cast
- Jena Malone bio: Into the Wild Actor
- "LA Weekly". Jena at 15. Retrieved June 17, 2006.
- Malone discussed this on a March 2004 appearance on Loveline.
- "YM". Meet Pride & Prejudice's Jena Malone. Retrieved June 17, 2006.
- "Indexed". Jena Malone, 2003. Retrieved June 17, 2006.
- Richard Kern: Jena Malone, 2003. Index Magazine, 2008, retrieved June 16, 2011
- "FindArticles". Jena Malone: Emancipated at 15, can she do the same for the movies?. Retrieved June 17, 2006.[dead link]
- "Jena Malone: Coming of Age". Jena Malone, 2001. Retrieved April 27, 2009.
- "About.com". Jena Malone on "Saved!". Retrieved June 17, 2006.
- "LA Weekly". A Childhood in Hollywood. Retrieved June 17, 2006.
- Myspace: Jena Malone. URL accessed February 17, 2007.
- Pitchfork Media: "Actress Jena Malone Records Social Registry 7"." Amy Phillips. URL accessed February 17, 2007.
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