Willa Holland

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Willa Holland
Willa Holland.jpg
Holland at the 2013 WonderCon
Born Willa Joanna Chance Holland
(1991-06-18) June 18, 1991 (age 23)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Occupation Actress, voice actress, model
Years active 2001–present

Willa Joanna Chance Holland (born June 18, 1991)[1] is an American actress, voice actress, and model. She is best known for her role as Kaitlin Cooper, Marissa Cooper's younger sister, on the television series The O.C. She has also appeared on The CW series Gossip Girl, as Agnes Andrews, and Arrow, as Thea Queen.


Holland spent the summer of 1999 in The Hamptons with her family. After a day playing at Steven Spielberg's home with now model Shadat Patwary, Holland knew she should spend her life acting in film. Spielberg told her mother Willa needed to be in front of a camera.[2] Upon her return to Los Angeles that September, Holland signed with Ford Modeling Agency at age seven, and immediately booked a shoot for Burberry.[3]

The following year, 1999, De Palma took Holland to a theatrical talent agency. Since then she has appeared in many national commercials. During 2001 when Holland was ten, she worked alongside her cinematographer father in Ordinary Madness. She was even slated to co-star in the 2005 Fox series The Inside with fellow model Rachel Nichols, but left the show when writer Tim Minear was brought in to overhaul it. She played the role of Kaitlin Cooper on The O.C.; initially as a recurring character in season 3, but then as a regular in season four.[4]

In December 2007, Holland was cast in the independent drama film Garden Party, playing the role of April, a troubled teenage aspiring model who tries to make it in Los Angeles. In September 2008, The CW announced Holland would appear in three episodes of the second season of the teen-drama television series Gossip Girl, created by The O.C. creator Josh Schwartz. Holland played the role of a rebellious 16-year-old model who befriends and creates havoc for Taylor Momsen's character. In March 2010 Holland made a one-off return in the 16th episode of the third season, "The Empire Strikes Jack," which aired March 29, 2010.

In May 2010, Square Enix announced that she would be voicing Aqua in the PlayStation Portable title, Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep, which was released on September 7, 2010 in North America.[5] That same year Holland starred in her first major studio film in the apocalyptic thriller film Legion playing the role of a bratty teenager. She also made a notable cameo appearance in the film The Last Song, and she played the teen-temptress role of Janice Heddon in the film Straw Dogs, a remake of the 1971 film of the same name. The film opened in September 2011.

In February 2012, Holland was cast in The CW action-adventure series Arrow, which is based on the Green Arrow comic books, where she plays Thea Queen, the sister of Oliver Queen.[6] In April 2012, the film Tiger Eyes was released where Holland starred as Davey Wexler. The film was based on the 1981 novel of the same name written by Judy Blume.[7]


Year Title Role Notes
2001 Ordinary Madness Young Faye
2008 Garden Party April
2008 Middle of Nowhere Taylor Elizabeth Berry
2008 Genova Kelly
2010 Legion Audrey Anderson
2010 Chasing 3000 Jamie
2010 Humanity's Last Line of Defense Herself Documentary
2011 Straw Dogs Janice Hedden
2012 Tiger Eyes Davey Wexler
Year Title Role Notes
2005 Comeback, TheThe Comeback Kalla Episode: "Valerie Hangs with the Cool Kids"
2006–2007 O.C., TheThe O.C. Kaitlin Cooper 22 episodes
2008–2012 Gossip Girl Agnes Andrews 5 episodes
2012–present Arrow Thea Queen Main cast
Video games
Year Title Voice
2006 Scarface: The World Is Yours Various
2010 Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Aqua
2012 Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance Aqua
2014 Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix Aqua
Music videos
Year Title Artist
2008 "Keep Me Up All Night" Glitterati, TheThe Glitterati
2010 "Fearless Love" Melissa Etheridge
2011 "8050 (Too Fast, Too Slow)" White Arrows

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Nominated work Result
2006 Spike Video Game Award for Best Cast Scarface: The World Is Yours Nominated
2012 Boston International Film Festival Award for Best Actress Tiger Eyes Nominated


  1. ^ "Willa Joannachance Holland, Born 06/18/1991". California Birth Index. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "Spielberg Gave The OC's Holland Her Big Break". Contactmusic.com. 
  3. ^ Teen Vogue cover shoot
  4. ^ Serena Kappes (19 January 2006). "Introducing ... Willa Holland". People. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "Return to the Magical Realm of Kingdom Hearts on September 7, 2010" (Press release). Square Enix. May 17, 2010. Retrieved 2011-09-22. 
  6. ^ Sandra Gonzalez (2 April 2014). "'Arrow' preview: Willa Holland teases Thea's 'major turning point'". Entertainment Weekly. 
  7. ^ "Meet Hollywood’s Next Big Things: Kat Graham, Willa Holland, Ashley Madekwe, and More". Glamour. July 2013. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 

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