Oona Laurence

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Oona Laurence
Oona Laurence May 2015.jpg
Laurence in May 2015
Born (2002-08-01) August 1, 2002 (age 17)
ResidenceNew York City, New York, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active2009–present
Known forPete's Dragon
Southpaw
The Beguiled
Lamb
Bad Moms

Oona Laurence (born August 1, 2002)[1] is an American actress who is best known for originating 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.

Career[edit]

After several appearances in regional theatre productions and minor roles in short films and television episodes, in 2012, Laurence auditioned for the new musical Matilda on Broadway. 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.

She has appeared on television in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Orange Is the New Black.

In 2015, Laurence 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,[2] and portrayed Jane Mitchell, the daughter of Mila Kunis' character Amy Mitchell, in Bad Moms.

In 2017, Laurence co-starred opposite Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, and Elle Fanning in Sofia Coppola's The Beguiled.

She is the voice of Hedgehog and additional characters in the Cartoon Network series Summer Camp Island. She also performs the theme song.

Personal life[edit]

Laurence lives in New York City and has two younger sisters, Aimée and Jeté, who are also actresses.[3][4] 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.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2012 Wet Cement Girl Short
Esther Esther Short
2013 Penny Dreadful Little Girl Short
Correcting. Perplexing. Patrick. Jessica Barnwell
2014 A Little Game Becky
Tumorhead Jean Short
2015 I Smile Back Daisy
Lamb Tommie
Imaginapped Olivia Short
Southpaw Leila Hope
The Grief of Others Biscuit Ryrie
Damsel Ava
Vicky & Jonny Young Vicky Short
2016 Little Boxes Ambrosia Reed
Bad Moms Jane Mitchell
Pete's Dragon Natalie
Lily + Mara Lily Short
2017 The Beguiled Amy
A Bad Moms Christmas Jane Mitchell
2019 Big Time Adolescence Sophie
2020 Lost Girls Post-production
TBA What We Found Holly Post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
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 Summer Camp Island Hedgehog / Additional Voices (voice) Main role

Theatre[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2013 Matilda the Musical Matilda Wormwood Broadway, Sam S. Shubert Theatre

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ahhhhh! Happy birthday Oona banoona!!..." August 1, 2015 – via Instagram.
  2. ^ Kroll, Justin (September 19, 2014). "Disney Finds Its Pete For 'Pete's Dragon' Remake (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved November 14, 2014.
  3. ^ "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.
  4. ^ "Aimee Laurence, Oona Laurence and Jete Laurence at Broadway Kids Team up For LYRICS FOR LIFE Benefit". broadwayworld.com. September 12, 2015. Retrieved February 16, 2016.

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