Malone in 2012
November 21, 1984 |
Sparks, Nevada, U.S.
Jena Malone (/ /; born November 21, 1984) is an American actress and musician. She made her film debut in 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 film series (2013–15). Malone is also an experimental musician who has released music both under her own name and as The Shoe.
Early life and education
Malone was born in Sparks, Nevada, the daughter of Deborah "Debbie" Malone and Edward Berge. She was raised by her mother and her mother's girlfriend at the time, whom she has called "Godmom". Her paternal grandfather was Karl Berge, former owner of the Bourbon Square Casino. Her father is of part Norwegian descent; she also has Irish ancestry. Malone grew up impoverished, and her family relocated frequently, and were at times homeless. "We were just so poor," Malone said in retrospect. "We'd hop out of apartments, lose jobs, find a cheaper place, get kicked out, live in cars, and live in hotels." By the time she was 9 years old, she had already lived in 27 different locations. However, she stated the experience was positive for her: "I don’t think it was a tough childhood... it prepared me for this strange, gypsy lifestyle of an actor. It's a beautiful thing to give children diversity of where to live and how to live; it makes you believe that security is built within instead of four concrete walls that you call a home."
Malone began taking an interest in acting after watching her mother, who was involved in community theatre. In 1995, she moved to Las Vegas, and later persuaded her mother to move to Los Angeles in order to pursue a career in acting.
Malone has stated that she and her mother struggled with money while living in Los Angeles. She was homeschooled from sixth to eighth grade, and attended the Professional Children's School in New York City for ninth grade. Malone quit school a year later, when she became legally emancipated in January 2000. At some later point, she obtained her General Educational Development (GED). She has one younger maternal half-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 Broadway stage debut in a 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, which flopped at the box office and caused the actress to consider focusing on her photography and band, Shoe. It was after the huge success of her next role in The History Channel's miniseries Hatfields and McCoys that Malone's passion for acting returned. In 2012, Malone also starred in a 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. Malone played Johanna Mason in three out of four films in The Hunger Games franchise, Catching Fire, Mockingjay – Part 1, and Mockingjay – Part 2.
In November 2014, Malone exhibited 39 photographs that she took in Myanmar in the summer of that year. The exhibition, which ran from November 21 to November 28, 2014, was called "The Holy Other." It took place at MAMA, an art gallery owned by her personal friend Adarsha Benjamin in Downtown Los Angeles. Proceeds were donated to Girl Determined, a non-profit organization which benefits girls' education in Myanmar.
She was cast as Barbara Gordon in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, also directed by Zack Snyder. Her scenes were left out of the theatrical release, but will appear on the "Ultimate Edition" home video release. In February 2015, she was cast alongside Keanu Reeves in Nicolas Winding Refn's thriller film The Neon Demon.
On January 20, 2016, Malone announced that she is expecting her first child with boyfriend Ethan DeLorenzo.
|1996||Bastard Out of Carolina||Ruth Anne "Bone" Boatwright|
|1997||Contact||Young Ellie Arroway|
|1999||The Book of Stars||Mary McGuire|
|1999||For Love of the Game||Heather Aubrey|
|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||Also co-producer|
|2003||The United States of Leland||Becky Pollard|
|2003||Cold Mountain||Ferry Girl|
|2005||The Ballad of Jack and Rose||Red Berry|
|2005||Howl's Moving Castle||Lettie (voice)||English dub|
|2005||Pride & Prejudice||Lydia Bennet|
|2006||Container||The Woman / Speaker (voices)|
|2007||Four Last Songs||Frankie|
|2007||Into the Wild||Carine McCandless|
|2009||The Soloist||Cheery Lab Tech|
|2010||Five Star Day||Sarah Reynolds|
|2012||In Our Nature||Andie|
|2013||The Painted Lady||The Painted Lady||Short film|
|2013||Teenage||American Girl (voice)||Documentary|
|2013||The Hunger Games: Catching Fire||Johanna Mason|
|2014||10 Cent Pistol||Danneel|
|2014||Time Out of Mind||Maggie Hammond|
|2014||Inherent Vice||Hope Harlingen|
|2014||The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1||Johanna Mason||Cameo|
|2015||The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2||Johanna Mason|
|2016||Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice||Barbara Gordon||Ultimate Edition only|
|2016||The Neon Demon||Ruby|
|1996||Hidden in America||Willa Januson||Movie|
|1996||Chicago Hope||Stacy Morissey||Episode: "Sweet Surrender"|
|1997||Hope||Lilly Kate Burns||Movie|
|1997||Ellen Foster||Ellen Foster||Movie|
|1998||Homicide: Life on the Street||Debbie Straub||2 episodes|
|1999||Touched by an Angel||Casey||Episode: "Hearts"|
|2001||The Ballad of Lucy Whipple||California Morning "Lucy" Whipple||Movie|
|2003||Hitler: The Rise of Evil||Geli Raubal||Miniseries|
|2008||Law & Order||Michelle Landon||Episode: "Lost Boys"|
|2011||Robot Chicken||Boy George / Singer (voice)||Episode: "Beastmaster and Commander"|
|2012||Hatfields & McCoys||Nancy McCoy||Miniseries|
|2009||Mourning Becomes Electra||Lavinia Mannon||Off-Broadway|
Awards and nominations
- "Jena Malone". AllMovie.com. Retrieved January 21, 2016.
- Clements, Joanne (November 18, 2014). "EXCLUSIVE: 'I was a dead beat dad' Jena Malone's father Edward Berge reveals she has forgiven him for abandoning her as a child". Daily Mail.
- Malone discussed this at a March 2004 appearance on Loveline
- Pearce, Ed (August 1, 2013). "Sparks' Silver Club Reborn As Bourbon Square".
- Fyen, Stian (November 13, 2013). "Hunger Games-stjerna vil utforske sine norske aner" (in Norwegian). Dagbladet.
- Bueno, Antoinette (December 22, 2014). "Jena Malone on Unconventional Childhood: 'I had 2 Moms, and It Was Awesome'". ET Online. Retrieved April 20, 2016.
- "Jena at 15". LA Weekly. Retrieved June 17, 2006.
- "Meet Pride & Prejudice's Jena Malone". YM.com. Retrieved June 17, 2006.
- Kern, Richard. "Jena Malone, 2003". Index Magazine. Retrieved June 16, 2011.
- "Actress Sues to Keep Mother Away From Assets". Los Angeles Times. November 14, 1999.
- Miller, Samantha (December 10, 2001). "Girl, Accelerated". People.
- Zarker, Karen (April 6, 2008). "20 Questions: Jena Malone". Pop Matters.
- "Jena Malone on "Saved!"". About.com. Retrieved June 17, 2006.
- "A Childhood in Hollywood". LA Weekly. Retrieved June 17, 2006.
- "Jena Malone". Myspace. Retrieved February 17, 2007.
- Phillips, Amy. "Actress Jena Malone Records Social Registry 7". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved February 17, 2007.
- "Jena Malone Builds Instrument, Starts Label, Busks". Pitchfork Media. May 22, 2008.
- "Jena Malone almost quit acting after Sucker Punch knocked her out". SFGate. December 6, 2013.
- Cox, Gordon (October 7, 2011). "Malone books biopic. Thesp to star in 'Lonely Hunter'". Variety.
- Dean Schmitz, Greg (July 6, 2012). "Weekly Ketchup: Jena Malone Joins Catching Fire Cast". Rotten Tomatoes.
- Robinson, Joanna (November 21, 2014). "Hunger Games Star Jena Malone on Inspiring Girls Everywhere to Catch Fire". Vanity Fair.
- 'Outlook Beverly Hills', The Beverly Hills Courier, Volume XXXXVIIII, Number 46, November 21, 2014, p. 22
- Osborn, Alex (March 10, 2016). "Batman v Superman: Jena Malone's Role Accidentally Revealed". IGN. Retrieved March 11, 2016.
- Holmes, Adam (October 18, 2014). "Batman V Superman Confirms Jena Malone For A Mystery Role". Cinema Blend.
- Culzac, Natasha (October 18, 2014). "Batman v Superman: Side-kick Robin 'to be woman played by Jena Malone'". The Independent.
- "Jena Malone Cut From ‘Batman v Superman’ Theatrical Release (Report)". Variety. 3 March 2016. Retrieved 4 March 2016.
- Gingold, Michael (October 18, 2014). "The Neon Demon". Fangoria.
- Jena Malone from Saved. The Jay Leno Show. Interview with Malone, Jena. 2004. New York City.
- Lonardo, Thom (2012). "Jena Malone Interview". Un-Titled Project. Retrieved April 9, 2016.
- Mizoguchi, Karen (January 20, 2016). "Jena Malone Expecting First Child". People. Retrieved January 21, 2016.
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