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 22)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 2001–present

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

Early life[edit]

Holland was born in Los Angeles.[1]

Career[edit]

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, the seed was planted that 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][5]

Holland appeared on the covers of Teen Vogue and Fashion 18 and has been featured in CosmoGirl!, and modeled for LeSportsac Fall and Winter 2006 handbags for Macy's.[citation needed] She has also appeared in a commercial for the Montana Meth Project titled "That Guy".[specify][citation needed]

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.[6] 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 where she plays Thea Queen, the sister of Oliver Queen.

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2001 Ordinary Madness Young Faye
2004 Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things, TheThe Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things Milkshake
2008 Chasing 3000 Jamie
2008 Garden Party April
2008 Middle of Nowhere Taylor Elizabeth Berry
2008 Genova Kelly
2010 Legion Audrey Anderson
2010 Humanity's Last Line of Defense Herself Documentary
2011 Straw Dogs Janice Hedden
2012 Tiger Eyes Davey Wexler
Television
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 Recurring (season 3), main cast (season 4), 22 episodes
2008, 2010, 2012 Gossip Girl Agnes Andrews 5 episodes (1 uncredited)
2012–present Arrow Thea Queen Main cast
Video games
Year Title Role Notes
2006 Scarface: The World Is Yours Voice
2010 Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Aqua Voice
2012 Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance Aqua Voice
2014 Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix Aqua Voice
Music videos
Year Title Artist
2008 "Keep Me Up All Night" Glitterati, TheThe Glitterati
2010 "Fearless Love" Melissa Etheridge

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c According to the State of California. California Birth Index, 1905–1995. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California. At Ancestry.com
  2. ^ "Spielberg Gave The OC's Holland Her Big Break". Contactmusic.com. 
  3. ^ Teen Vogue cover shoot
  4. ^ People.com – Introducing ... Willa Holland
  5. ^ Zap2it – Holland's New Mini-Cooper Revs onto 'The O.C.'
  6. ^ "Return to the Magical Realm of Kingdom Hearts on September 7, 2010" (Press release). Square Enix. May 17, 2010. Retrieved 2011-09-22. 

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