Jena Malone

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Jena Malone
Jena Malone.jpg
Malone at the premiere of Hatfields & McCoys (miniseries).
Born (1984-11-21) November 21, 1984 (age 31)
Sparks, Nevada, U.S.
Occupation Actress, musician
Years active 1996–present

Jena Malone (/ˈnə məˈln/; born November 21, 1984)[1] 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 film series (2013–15). Malone is also an experimental musician who has released music both under her own name and as The Shoe. Her next film, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, is scheduled to be released on March 25, 2016.

Early life and education[edit]

Malone was born in Sparks, Nevada,[2] to Deborah "Debbie" Malone and Edward Berge.[3] She was raised by her mother and her mother's girlfriend at the time, whom she has called "Godmom."[4] Her paternal grandfather was Karl Berge, of the Karl's Silver Club casino.[5][6][7][8][9][10] Her father is of part Norwegian descent; she also has Irish ancestry.[11] By the time she was 9 years old, she had already lived in 27 different locations.[12] Malone began taking an interest in acting after watching her mother, who was involved in community theatre.[13] In 1995, she moved to Las Vegas, and later persuaded her mother to move to Los Angeles, California in order to pursue a career in acting.[14] In Los Angeles, California, Malone has stated that she and her mother struggled with money. Malone was home-schooled from sixth to eighth grade. She attended the Professional Children's School, for the ninth grade in New York,[14] and quit it after a year, when she became legally emancipated, in January 2000.[15][16] At some point she later obtained her General Educational Development (GED).[17] She has one younger sister, Madison Mae Malone (born 1997).

Acting career[edit]

Malone at the Deauville American Film Festival in 2013

Malone progressed to professional acting with the 1996 film Bastard Out of Carolina.[18] She was nominated at the 1996 Independent Spirit Awards for Best Debut Performance[19] 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.[20] Pitchfork Media has described Malone's music as "pretty out-there – bedroom electronics, spaced-out keyboards, and Malone's spare vocals."[21] Malone's more recent musical work is performed as/with The Shoe.[22]

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.[23] In 2012, Malone also starred in a series on the YouTube channel Wigs entitled Dakota[24] portraying the title character. She also played the role of Carson McCullers in the film Lonely Hunter, directed by Deborah Kampmeir.[25]

Malone played Johanna Mason in three out of four films in The Hunger Games franchise, Catching Fire, Mockingjay – Part 1, and Mockingjay – Part 2.[26] It has also been announced that she has been cast in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, also directed by Zack Snyder.[27][28] In February 2015, she was cast alongside Keanu Reeves in Nicolas Winding Refn's thriller film The Neon Demon.[29]


In November 2014, Malone exhibited 39 photographs that she took in Myanmar in the summer of that year.[30][31] The exhibition, which ran from November 21 to November 28, 2014, was called "The Holy Other."[30][31] It took place at MAMA, an art gallery owned by her personal friend Adarsha Benjamin in Downtown Los Angeles.[30][31] Proceeds were donated to Girl Determined, a non-profit organization which benefits girls' education in Myanmar.[31]

Personal life[edit]

On January 20th, 2016, Malone announced she is expecting a child with boyfriend Ethan DeLorenzo.[32][33]



Year Title Role Notes
1996 Bastard Out of Carolina Ruth Anne 'Bone' Boatwright
1997 Contact Young Ellie Arroway
1998 Stepmom Anna Harrison
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
2004 Saved! Mary Cummings
2004 Corn Emily Rasmussen
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)
2006 Lying Grace
2007 Four Last Songs Frankie
2007 The Go-Getter Joely
2007 Into the Wild Carine McCandless
2008 The Ruins Amy
2009 The Messenger Kelly
2009 The Soloist Cheery Lab Tech
2010 Five Star Day Sarah Reynolds
2010 Rachel Rachel Short film
2011 I Think Bad Thoughts Jena Short film
2011 Sucker Punch Rocket
2011 David Goldberg Vida Short film
2012 For Ellen Susan
2012 In Our Nature Andie
2013 The Painted Lady The Painted Lady Short film
2013 Teenage American Girl (voice) Documentary
2013 The Wait Angela
2013 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Johanna Mason
2014 10 Cent Pistol Danneel
2014 Time Out of Mind Maggie
2014 Inherent Vice Hope Harlingen
2014 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 Johanna Mason Cameo
2014 Memory 2.0 Sophie Short film
2015 Angelica Constance
2015 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 Johanna Mason
2016 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Post-production
2016 The Neon Demon Rudy Filming


Year Title Role Notes
1996 Hidden in America Willa Television film
1996 Chicago Hope Stacy Morissey Episode: "Sweet Surrender"
1997 Hope Lilly Kate Burns Television film
1997 Ellen Foster Ellen Foster Television film: Hallmark Hall of Fame
1998 Homicide: Life on the Street Debbie Straub Episodes: "Kellerman, P.I.: Part 1", "Kellerman, P.I.: Part 2"
1999 Touched by an Angel Casey Episode: "Hearts"
2000 Cheaters Jolie Fitch Television film
2001 Ballad of Lucy Whipple, TheThe Ballad of Lucy Whipple California Morning 'Lucy' Whipple Television film
2003 Hitler: The Rise of Evil Geli Raubal Television miniseries
2008 Law & Order Michelle Landon Episode: "Lost Boys"
2011 Robot Chicken Boy George / Singer (voices) Episode: "Beastmaster and Commander"
2012 Hatfields & McCoys Nancy McCoy Television miniseries
2012 Dakota Dakota 3 episodes


Year Title Role Notes
2006 Doubt Sister James Broadway
2009 Mourning Becomes Electra Lavinia Mannon Off-Broadway

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
1997 CableACE Award Best Actress in a Movie or Miniseries Bastard Out of Carolina Nominated
Independent Spirit Award Best Debut Performance Nominated
Satellite Award Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie Nominated
YoungStar Award Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Miniseries/Made-for-TV Movie Nominated
Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Movie, Pilot or Miniseries – Leading Young Actress Won
1998 Saturn Award Best Performance by a Younger Actor Contact Won
Golden Globe Award Best Actress in a Miniseries or Television Film Hope Nominated
YoungStar Award Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Miniseries/Made-for-TV Movie Nominated
Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Movie, Pilot or Miniseries – Leading Young Actress Ellen Foster Won
1999 Blockbuster Entertainment Award Favorite Supporting Actress - Drama Stepmom Nominated
YoungStar Award Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Miniseries/Made-for-TV Movie Won
Young Artist Award Best Leading Young Actress in a Feature Film Won
2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Award Favorite Supporting Actress - Drama/Romance For Love of the Game Nominated
YoungStar Award Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Miniseries/Made-for-TV Movie Nominated
Young Artist Award Best Performance in a Feature Film - Supporting Young Actress Nominated
2001 DVD Exclusive Award Best Supporting Actress The Book of Stars Won
2004 Sonoma Valley Film Festival Imagery Honors Won
2005 Satellite Award Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy Saved! Nominated
2008 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Into the Wild Nominated
2014 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award Favorite Female Buttkicker The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Nominated
Saturn Award Best Supporting Actress Nominated


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