Maika Monroe

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Maika Monroe
Maika Monroe June 2016.jpg
Monroe in 2016
Dillon Monroe Buckley

(1993-05-29) May 29, 1993 (age 29)
  • Actress
  • kiteboarder
Years active2009–present

Maika Monroe (born Dillon Monroe Buckley; May 29, 1993) is an American actress and professional kiteboarder.[1] She had her breakthrough headlining the horror film It Follows (2014), which won her several accolades—including an Empire Award nomination. She is recognized for her work in the horror genre, particularly for starring in the thriller The Guest (2014), the sci-fi thriller Tau (2018), and the psychological thrillers Greta (2018) and Watcher (2022).

Monroe made her film acting debut with the drama film At Any Price (2012). Aside from her work in horror, she has also had roles in the drama film Labor Day (2013), the action film Independence Day: Resurgence (2016), the neo-noir coming-of-age film Hot Summer Nights (2017), the comedy-drama film After Everything (2018) and the black comedy film Villains (2019).

Early life[edit]

Monroe was born Dillon Monroe Buckley[2] on May 29, 1993, in Santa Barbara, California, the daughter of sign language interpreter Dixie and construction worker Jack Buckley.[3][4] She later changed her first name to Maika, by which she had already been known for most of her life.[2] At the age of 17, Monroe left Santa Barbara and moved to Cabarete in the Dominican Republic to continue training in kiteboarding after spending the previous summer there. She subsequently completed her senior year of high school online.[5]


In April 2012, Monroe signed up for the drama film Labor Day, an adaptation of the novel of the same name.[6] She played Mandy, a farm girl who romances with a young man and eventually becomes his wife and the mother of his child.[7] In June 2013, she joined the cast of the psychological thriller film The Guest.[8][9] In 2014, she starred as Jay in the horror film It Follows,[10] which became a cult hit.[11][12] In 2016, she co-starred in the invasion thriller film The 5th Wave, based on the novel of the same name.[13][14] Monroe also co-starred in the 2016 movie Independence Day: Resurgence, the sequel to Independence Day (1996), playing former First Daughter Patricia Whitmore.[15]



Not yet released Denotes works that have not yet been released
Year Title Role Notes
2012 At Any Price Cadence Farrow
2013 The Bling Ring Beach Girl
Labor Day Mandy Chambers
2014 The Guest Anna Peterson
It Follows Jaimie "Jay" Height
2015 Echoes of War Abigail Riley
Burned Lila Short Film
2016 The 5th Wave Ringer
Independence Day: Resurgence Patricia Whitmore
2017 Hot Summer Nights McKayla Strawberry
The Scent of Rain and Lightning Jody Linder
Bokeh Jenai
Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House Joan Felt
I'm Not Here Karen
The Tribes of Palos Verdes Medina Mason
2018 After Everything Mia
Tau Julia
Greta Erica Penn
2019 Honey Boy Sandra
Villains Jules
How To Be Alone Lucy Short Film
2020 Brothers by Blood Grace
Flashback Cindy Williams
2022 Watcher Julia
Significant Other Ruth Miller Also executive producer
TBA God Is a Bullet Not yet released Case Hardin Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2009 Eleventh Hour Maya Wynne Episode: "Medea"
2013 Flying Monkeys Joan Television film
2020 The Stranger Clare Main role
2020 JJ Villard's Fairy Tales Snow White (voice) Episode: "Snow White"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Work Association Category Result Refs
2015 It Follows Home Media Magazine Awards Best Scream Queen Won
Hamptons International Film Festival Breakthrough Performer Won
Fright Meter Awards Best Actress In A Leading Role Nominated [16]
2016 It Follows iHorror Awards Best Female Performance In A Horror Film Nominated
Empire Awards Best Female Newcomer Nominated [17]
Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Best Actress Won [18]
Independence Day: Resurgence CinemaCon Awards Best Ensemble of the Universe Won [19]
Burned FilmQuest Awards Best Supporting Actress – Short Nominated [20]
Portsmouth International Film Festival Best Supporting Performance in a Short Nominated [21]
2017 The Scent of Rain and Lightning Hell's Half Mile Film & Music Festival Best Lead Actress Won [22][23]


  1. ^ Hoppes, Lynn. "Maika Monroe balances acting with kiteboarding". Retrieved 8 August 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Maika Monroe". Retrieved 17 January 2016.
  3. ^ Brady, Tara (27 February 2015). "Maika Monroe: from world-class kiteboarder to accidental movie star". The Irish Times. Retrieved 17 January 2016.
  4. ^ Dinaberg, Leslie (6 February 2016). "Noozhawk Talks: Maika Monroe Making the Most of Her Three-Part Harmony". Retrieved 17 January 2016.
  5. ^ "PROFILED: Maika Monroe Buckley". The Kiteboarder. 22 August 2011. Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  6. ^ Sneider, Jeff (3 April 2012). "Monroe working on 'Labor Day'". Retrieved 8 August 2013.
  7. ^ Eames, Tom (4 April 2012). "Maika Monroe, Tom Lipinski join Kate Winslet in 'Labour Day'". Retrieved 8 August 2013.
  8. ^ Sneider, Jeff (26 June 2013). "Rising Star Maika Monroe Joins 'Downton Abbey's' Dan Stevens in 'The Guest'". Retrieved 8 August 2013.
  9. ^ Gomez, Adrian (17 July 2013). "'Downton Abbey' star filming thriller in N.M." Albuquerque Journal. Archived from the original on 22 August 2013. Retrieved 25 November 2021.
  10. ^ Miska, Brad (December 17, 2014). "Official Teaser For 'It Follows,' Potentially the Scariest Movie of 2015!". Fangoria. Retrieved December 17, 2014.
  11. ^ Miska, Gi (December 17, 2014). "'It Follows; Maika Monroe, who is becoming a legit Scream Queen". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved December 17, 2014.
  12. ^ Kim, Kristen Yoonsoo (March 17, 2014). "Maika Monroe, of The Guest and It Follows, is horror's new Scream Queen". The A.V. Club. Retrieved March 18, 2014.
  13. ^ Ge, Linda (August 11, 2014). "Maika Monroe Joins Chloë Moretz, Nick Robinson in 'The 5th Wave'". Retrieved August 15, 2014.
  14. ^ Miska, Gi (December 17, 2014). "'It Follows". Bloody Disgusting. Archived from the original on February 24, 2015. Retrieved December 17, 2014.
  15. ^ Siegel, Tatiana (23 June 2016). "Hollywood's Next Big Thing: 'Independence Day' Actress Maika Monroe Goes From Pro Kiteboarder to Breakout Star". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 11 August 2016.
  16. ^ "2015 Fright Meter Awards Winners". Fright Meter. Retrieved 21 July 2018.
  17. ^ John Nugent (18 February 2016). "Jameson Empire Awards 2016: Star Wars and Mad Max lead the nominations". Empire. Retrieved 21 July 2018.
  18. ^ Fangoria Staff (10 May 2016). "The 2016 FANGORIA Chainsaw Awards Winners and Full Results!". Fangoria. Archived from the original on 22 July 2018. Retrieved 21 July 2018.
  19. ^ Stephen Thorburn (17 April 2016). "CinemaCon presented the 2016 Big Screen Achievement Awards at Caesars Palace". AXS. Retrieved 21 July 2018.
  20. ^ "2016 FilmQuest – FilmQuest". FilmQuest. Retrieved 21 July 2018.
  21. ^ "NOMINATIONS - Portsmouth International Film Festival". Portsmouth International Film Festival. Retrieved 21 July 2018.
  22. ^ "The Scent of Rain and Lightning - Hell's Half Mile Film & Music Festival". HHMFest. 28 September 2017. Retrieved 22 July 2018.
  23. ^ "Congratulations to The 2017 Jury Award Winners". Facebook. 2 October 2017. Retrieved 22 July 2018.

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