Laurence in May 2015
|Born||August 1, 2002|
New York City, U.S.
|Known for||Pete's Dragon|
Oona Laurence (born August 1, 2002) is an American actress. She is best known for the role of Matilda Wormwood in Matilda on Broadway alongside Bailey Ryon, Milly Shapiro, and Sophia Gennusa. She began her career as a New York City-based child actress, with credits in film, theatre, and television.
After several appearances in regional theatre productions and minor roles in short films and television episodes, Laurence auditioned for the new musical Matilda on Broadway in 2012. Laurence landed the role of Matilda, performing in the show from March 4 to December 15, 2013.
After Matilda, Laurence transitioned to film acting appearing in Tumorhead, A Little Game, The Grief of Others, I Smile Back, Damsel, Lamb, and Southpaw, portraying the daughter of Jake Gyllenhaal and Rachel McAdams' characters.
In 2015, she co-starred opposite Jake Gyllenhaal and Rachel McAdams in Antoine Fuqua's Southpaw. In 2016, she co-starred as Natalie in the film Pete's Dragon, and portrayed Jane Mitchell, the daughter of Mila Kunis' character Amy Mitchell, in Bad Moms.
Laurence lives in New York City and has two sisters, Aimée and Jeté, who are also actresses. The former debuted in the 2019 film adaptation of Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch and the latter appeared in the second adaptation of Stephen King's Pet Sematary.
|2013||Penny Dreadful||Little Girl||Short|
|Correcting. Perplexing. Patrick.||Jessica Barnwell|
|2014||A Little Game||Becky|
|2015||I Smile Back||Daisy|
|The Grief of Others||Biscuit Ryrie|
|Vicky & Jonny||Young Vicky||Short|
|2016||Little Boxes||Ambrosia Reed|
|Bad Moms||Jane Mitchell|
|Lily + Mara||Lily||Short|
|A Bad Moms Christmas||Jane Mitchell|
|2019||Big Time Adolescence||Sophie|
|2020||Lost Girls||Sarra Gilbert|
|What We Found||Holly|
|A Babysitter's Guide to Monster Hunting||Liz Lerue|
|2011||Celebrity Ghost Stories||Young Phyllis / Phyllis' Daughter||Episode: "Beverley Mitchell/Mark Curry/Donovan Leitch/Phyllis Diller"|
|2012||Louie||Spiteful Mean Girl #4||Episode: "Looking for Liz/Lilly Changes"|
|2014||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Zoe Harris||Episode: "Glasgowman's Wrath"|
|2015||Orange Is the New Black||10 Year Old Tiffany||Episode: "A Tittin' and a Hairin'"|
|2016||Blindspot||Maya Ahmadi||Episode: "Swift Hardhearted Stone"|
|2018-present||Summer Camp Island||Hedgehog / Additional Voices (voice)||Main role|
|2013||Matilda the Musical||Matilda Wormwood||Broadway, Sam S. Shubert Theatre|
Awards and nominations
|2013||Tony Award||Tony Honors for Excellence in Theatre (shared with Sophia Gennusa, Bailey Ryon and Milly Shapiro)||Matilda the Musical||Won|
|Grammy Award||Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album||Nominated|
|2015||Hell's Half Mile Film & Music Festival||Best Actress||Lamb||Nominated|
|Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association||Best Youth Performance||Southpaw||Nominated|
|2016||Young Entertainer Award||Best Leading Young Actress- Feature Film||Nominated|
|2017||Young Artist Award||Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Teen Actress||Pete's Dragon||Won|
- "Ahhhhh! Happy birthday Oona banoona!!..." August 1, 2015 – via Instagram.
- Kroll, Justin (September 19, 2014). "Disney Finds Its Pete For 'Pete's Dragon' Remake (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved November 14, 2014.
- "5 Things to Know About 'Southpaw's' Oona Laurence - The Tony-winning actress plays Jake Gyllenhaal and Rachel McAdams' characters' daughter". Hilary Lewis. July 25, 2015. Retrieved February 19, 2016.
- Genevieve Rafter Keddy (September 12, 2015). "Aimee Laurence, Oona Laurence and Jete Laurence at Broadway Kids Team up For LYRICS FOR LIFE Benefit". Broadway magazine. Retrieved February 16, 2016.
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