Malone at Deauville American Film Festival in 2013.
November 21, 1984
Sparks, Nevada, U.S.
Jena Malone (//; born November 21, 1984) is an American actress and musician. She made her movie debut with the film Bastard Out of Carolina (1996) and has appeared in films including Ellen Foster (1997), Contact (1997), Stepmom (1998), Donnie Darko (2001), Saved! (2004), Pride & Prejudice (2005), Into the Wild (2007), The Ruins (2008), Sucker Punch (2011) and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013). Malone is also an experimental musician who has released music both under her own name and as The Shoe.
Malone was born in Sparks, Nevada to Deborah "Debbie" Malone. She was raised by her mother and her mother's girlfriend at the time, whom she has called "Godmom". Malone has stated that her biological father's surname was "Berge" or "Bergen", and that he was of part Norwegian descent; she also has Irish ancestry. By the time she was 9 years old, she had already lived in 27 different locations, including Lake Tahoe, California. Malone 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). She has one younger sister, Madison Mae Malone (born 1997).
Malone progressed to professional acting with the 1996 film Bastard Out of Carolina. She was nominated at the 1996 Independent Spirit Awards for Best Debut Performance and at the 3rd Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries for her role in the film. From there, her roles have grown to include several Hollywood features. In 1997, she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award in the category Best Actress in a Miniseries or Television Film, 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 2011, Malone played the role of Rocket in Zack Snyder's Sucker Punch. In 2012, Malone also starred in a two-part series on the YouTube channel Wigs entitled Dakota portraying the title character. She also played the role of Carson McCullers in the film Lonely Hunter, directed by Deborah Kampmeir.
|1996||Bastard Out of Carolina||Ruth Anne 'Bone' Boatwright|
|1999||The Book of Stars||Mary McGuire|
|For Love of the Game||Heather Aubrey|
|2001||Donnie Darko||Gretchen Ross|
|Life as a House||Alyssa Beck|
|2002||The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys||Margie Flynn|
|The Badge||Ashley Hardwick|
|American Girl||Rena Grubb|
|2003||The United States of Leland||Becky Pollard|
|Cold Mountain||Ferry Girl|
|Howl's Moving Castle||Lettie||Voice|
|2005||The Ballad of Jack and Rose||Red Berry|
|Pride & Prejudice||Lydia Bennet|
|2007||Four Last Songs||Frankie|
|Into the Wild||Carine McCandless/Additional Narrator|
|The Soloist||Cheery Lab Tech|
|2010||Five Star Day||Sarah Reynolds|
|2011||I Think Bad Thoughts||Jena||Short film|
|David Goldberg||Vida||Short film|
|In Our Nature||Andie|
|2013||Teenage||American Girl||Documentary; voice|
|The Hunger Games: Catching Fire||Johanna Mason|
|2014||10 Cent Pistol||Danneel||Completed|
|The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1||Johanna Mason||Post-production|
|Inherent Vice||Hope Harlingen||Post-production|
|2015||The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2||Johanna Mason||Post-production|
|1996||Chicago Hope||Stacy Morissey||Episode: "Sweet Surrender"|
|Hidden in America||Willa||TV movie|
|1997||Hope||Lilly Kate Burns||TV movie|
|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||Ballad of Lucy Whipple, TheThe 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; 3 episodes|
|Dakota||Dakota||Main role; 3 episodes|
|2009||Mourning Becomes Electra||Lavinia Mannon||Off-Broadway|
Awards and nominations
- Jena Malone bio: Into the Wild Actor
- Malone discussed this at a March 2004 appearance on Loveline
- "LA Weekly". Jena at 15. Retrieved June 17, 2006.
- "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.
- Gordon Cox (October 7, 2011). "Malone books biopic. Thesp to star in 'Lonely Hunter'". Variety.
- Greg Dean Schmitz (July 6, 2012). "Weekly Ketchup: Jena Malone Joins Catching Fire Cast". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster.
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