Maika Monroe

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Maika Monroe Buckley (born Dillon Monroe Buckley, May 29, 1993) is an American actress and professional kiteboarder.[1] She made her acting debut in At Any Price (2012) and appeared in the drama film Labor Day (2013). She became recognized as a "scream queen" after her performances in the critically acclaimed films The Guest (2014) and It Follows (2014). She also played Patricia Whitmore in Independence Day: Resurgence (2016). She also starred as Julia in the Netflix film TAU (2018)

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 publicly 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 kiting 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 and secured Monroe's status as a scream queen.[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]



Year Title Role Notes
2012 At Any Price Cadence Farrow
2013 The Bling Ring Beach Girl
2013 Labor Day Mandy
2014 The Guest Anna Peterson
2014 It Follows Jaimie "Jay" Height
2015 Echoes of War Abigail Riley
2015 Burned Lila Short Film
2016 The 5th Wave Ringer
2016 Independence Day: Resurgence Patricia Whitmore
2017 Hot Summer Nights McKayla Strawberry
2017 The Scent of Rain and Lightning Jody Linder
2017 Bokeh Jenai
2017 Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House Joan Felt
2017 I'm Not Here Karen
2017 The Tribes of Palos Verdes Medina Mason
2018 After Everything Mia
2018 Tau Julia
2018 Greta Erica Penn
2019 Honey Boy Sandra
2019 Villains Jules
2019 How To Be Alone Lucy Short Film
TBA The Education of Fredrick Fitzell Cindy Post-production
TBA The Sound of Philadelphia TBA Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2011 Eleventh Hour Maya Wynne Episode: "Medea"
2013 Flying Monkeys Joan Television film

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. ^ "Maika Monroe balances acting with kiteboarding". Retrieved 8 August 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Maika Monroe". Retrieved 17 January 2016.
  3. ^ "Maika Monroe: from world-class kiteboarder to accidental movie star". The Irish Times. 27 February 2015. Retrieved 17 January 2016.
  4. ^ "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. ^ "Monroe working on 'Labor Day'". 3 April 2012. Retrieved 8 August 2013.
  7. ^ "Maika Monroe, Tom Lipinski join Kate Winslet in 'Labour Day'". 4 April 2012. Retrieved 8 August 2013.
  8. ^ "Rising Star Maika Monroe Joins 'Downton Abbey's' Dan Stevens in 'The Guest'". 26 June 2013. Retrieved 8 August 2013.
  9. ^ "'Downton Abbey' star filming thriller in N.M." 17 July 2013. Retrieved 8 August 2013.
  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. Retrieved December 17, 2014.
  15. ^ "Hollywood's Next Big Thing: 'Independence Day' Actress Maika Monroe Goes From Pro Kiteboarder to Breakout Star". Retrieved August 11, 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. 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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