Jena Malone

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Jena Malone
Jena Malone Deauville.jpg
Born (1984-11-21) November 21, 1984 (age 29)
Sparks, Nevada, U.S.[1]
Occupation Actress, musician
Years active 1996–present

Jena Malone (/məˈln/; 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".

Early life[edit]

Malone was born in Sparks, Nevada to her mother, Deborah. She was raised by her mother and her mother's girlfriend, whom she has called "Godmom".[2] 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.[3] By the time she was 9 years old, she had already lived in 27 different locations, including Lake Tahoe, California.[4] Malone began taking an interest in acting after watching her mother, who was involved in community theatre.[5] She briefly moved to Las Vegas, hated it, and persuaded her mother to move on to Los Angeles.[6] Malone was home-schooled from sixth to eighth grade. She attended the Professional Children's School, for the ninth grade, in New York,[6] and quit it after a year, when she became legally emancipated, in January 2000.[7][8] At some point she later obtained her General Educational Development (GED).[9]


Malone progressed to professional acting with the 1996 film Bastard Out of Carolina.[10] She was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Debut Performance[11] 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.[12] Pitchfork Media has described Malone's music as "pretty out-there – bedroom electronics, spaced-out keyboards, and Malone's spare vocals."[13] Malone's more recent musical work is performed as/with The Shoe.[14]

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" as the mini-series' title character. She will also portray Carson McCullers in the film Lonely Hunter, directed by Deborah Kampmeir.[15]

Malone played Johanna Mason in the sequel to The Hunger Games, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and will reprise the character in the next two films, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 and Part 2.[16]


Year Title Role Notes
1996 Bastard Out of Carolina Ruth Anne 'Bone' Boatwright
1997 Contact Young Ellie
1998 Stepmom Anna Harrison
1999 Book of Stars, TheThe Book of Stars Mary McGuire
For Love of the Game Heather Aubrey
2000 Cheaters Jolie Fitch
2001 Donnie Darko Gretchen Ross
Life as a House Alyssa Beck
2002 Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys, TheThe Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys Margie Flynn
Badge, TheThe Badge Ashley Hardwick
American Girl Rena Grubb
2003 United States of Leland, TheThe United States of Leland Becky Pollard
Cold Mountain Ferry Girl
2004 Saved! Mary
Howl's Moving Castle Lettie (voice)
Corn Emily Rasmussen
2005 Ballad of Jack and Rose, TheThe Ballad of Jack and Rose Red Berry
Pride & Prejudice Lydia Bennet
2006 Container The Woman/Speaker (voice)
Lying Grace
2007 Four Last Songs Frankie
Go-Getter, TheThe Go-Getter Joely
Into the Wild Carine McCandless / Additional Narrator
2008 Ruins, TheThe Ruins Amy
2009 Messenger, TheThe Messenger Kelly
Soloist, TheThe Soloist Cheery Lab Tech
2010 Five Star Day Sarah Reynolds
Rachel Rachel Short film
2011 I Think Bad Thoughts Jena Short film
Sucker Punch Rocket
David Goldberg Vida Short film
2012 For Ellen Susan
In Our Nature Andie
2013 Teenage American Girl (voice) Documentary
The Wait Angela
Hunger Games: Catching Fire, TheThe Hunger Games: Catching Fire Johanna Mason
2014 10 Cent Pistol Danneel Completed
Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, TheThe Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 Johanna Mason Post-production
Inherent Vice Hope Harlingen Post-production
Angelica Constance Post-production
2015 Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, TheThe Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 Johanna Mason Filming
Year Title Role Notes
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


Year Award Category Result Role
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
2014 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Female Buttkicker Nominated Johanna Mason in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actress Pending


  1. ^ Jena Malone bio: Into the Wild Actor
  2. ^ Malone discussed this at a March 2004 appearance on Loveline
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ "LA Weekly". Jena at 15. Retrieved June 17, 2006. 
  5. ^ "YM". Meet Pride & Prejudice's Jena Malone. Retrieved June 17, 2006. 
  6. ^ a b "Indexed". Jena Malone, 2003. Retrieved June 17, 2006. 
  7. ^ Richard Kern: Jena Malone, 2003. Index Magazine, 2008, retrieved June 16, 2011
  8. ^ "FindArticles". Jena Malone: Emancipated at 15, can she do the same for the movies?. Retrieved June 17, 2006. [dead link]
  9. ^ "Jena Malone: Coming of Age". Jena Malone, 2001. Retrieved April 27, 2009. 
  10. ^ "". Jena Malone on "Saved!". Retrieved June 17, 2006. 
  11. ^ "LA Weekly". A Childhood in Hollywood. Retrieved June 17, 2006. 
  12. ^ Myspace: Jena Malone. URL accessed February 17, 2007.
  13. ^ Pitchfork Media: "Actress Jena Malone Records Social Registry 7"." Amy Phillips. URL accessed February 17, 2007.
  14. ^ Pitchfork
  15. ^ Gordon Cox (October 7, 2011). "Malone books biopic. Thesp to star in 'Lonely Hunter'". Variety. 
  16. ^ Greg Dean Schmitz (July 6, 2012). "Weekly Ketchup: Jena Malone Joins Catching Fire Cast". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. 

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