Shelley Hennig

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Shelley Henning
Beauty pageant titleholder
Shelley Hennig SDCC 2014.jpg
Shelley Hennig
Born Shelley Catherine Hennig
(1987-01-02) January 2, 1987 (age 29)
Metairie, Louisiana, U.S.[1]
Title(s) Miss Louisiana Teen USA 2005
Miss Teen USA 2005

Shelley Catherine Hennig (born January 2, 1987) is an American model and actress. Also she is a beauty pageant titleholder who held the Miss Teen USA 2004 title. She played Stephanie Johnson on Days of Our Lives and starred in the CW series The Secret Circle as Diana Meade.[2] She currently plays the character Malia Tate in Teen Wolf. Hennig also starred in horror films Ouija as Debbie, and Unfriended as Blaire.

Life and career[edit]

Early life and pageants[edit]

Hennig making an appearance days after winning the Miss Teen USA title, August 7, 2004

Hennig is originally from St. Rose, Louisiana, and later lived in Destrehan, Louisiana. She is the daughter of Cathy Distefano Gosset and Glenn H. Hennig, Sr. [3]

Hennig won the Miss Louisiana Teen USA 2004 in a state pageant held in Lafayette, Louisiana, in November 2003. This was the first time she competed in the state pageant. In August, Hennig represented Louisiana in the Miss Teen USA 2004 pageant held in Palm Springs, California.[4] She won the Miss Teen USA title, becoming the first winner from Louisiana and the first girl from Louisiana to win a national title since Ali Landry was Miss USA 1996. Her Miss Teen USA winnings included a one year modeling contract with Trump Modeling Management, and a scholarship to The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts.

As Miss Teen USA, Hennig represented the Miss Universe Organization. Her "sister" 2004 titleholders were Jennifer Hawkins (Miss Universe, of Australia) and Shandi Finnessey (Miss USA, of Missouri), with whom she made appearances, which included a trip to Bangkok, Thailand.[5] During her reign Hennig made numerous television guest and public speaking appearances, including a guest appearance in the NBC soap opera Passions which was part of her prize package.[6] Hennig also worked with a number of other non-profit organizations, including Seeds of Peace, D.A.R.E., Sparrow Clubs and SHiNE.

Her reign ended on August 8, 2005, when she crowned Allie LaForce of Ohio as the new Miss Teen USA.[7]

Education and employment[edit]

Hennig attended Destrehan High School where she was named an "Academic Excellence Student". She is an accomplished dancer, having won many awards in dancing competitions. She also enjoys writing, and two of her poems have been published in the Young Authors Book of Poetry.

Three years before she won the Miss Teen USA title, one of her older brothers was killed in a drunk-driving incident.[8] Hennig has become an advocate against under-age drinking. She has done work with a local Louisiana non-profit organization called 'C.A.D.A' (Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse), mentoring peers, and other youths about the impacts, and consequences of drug and alcohol abuse.[9]

Hennig during a USO tour of the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, 2005

Soon after she relinquished her crown, Hennig participated on MTV's The Reality Show where she attempted to win her own show, After the Crown but was eliminated.[7] She hosted the Miss Teen USA 2008 pageant on August 16, 2008 along with co-host Seth Goldman.

Acting career[edit]

On April 20, 2007, Hennig joined the cast of Days of Our Lives in the contract role of Stephanie Johnson.[10] In 2010 she received a nomination for the 37th Daytime Emmy Awards in the Outstanding Younger Actress In A Drama Series category.[11] On January 18, 2011, Hennig announced that she will be leaving Days of Our Lives. She was quoted inSoap Opera Digest saying:

It just feels right. I have been preparing for this for awhile [sic], so I have said my mental good-byes. I will miss the faces I see here every day, but everybody has been really encouraging and has embraced my decision ... I feel like I'm going out with a bang after last week's air shows and I feel great about it creatively and I am thankful to the writers for giving me that. It's been a lot of fun to play and I wouldn't change anything.

From 2011 to 2012, she played the major character Diana Meade in the TV series The Secret Circle based on the books written by L.J Smith. On May 11, 2012, it was announced that the series would not be returning for a second season. She then appeared in the MTV series Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous as Christy.[12] On June 26, 2013, it was announced that the show was also cancelled after one season.

Hennig currently has a role on the MTV series Teen Wolf as the character Malia Tate. She was promoted to a series regular for Season 4.[13] In 2014 she appeared in the films Ouija and Unfriended.[14]

She also appeared on The Band Perry's music video for "Gentle on My Mind" alongside The Hunger Games actor Alexander Ludwig.



Year Title Role Notes
2014 Ouija Debbie Galardi
2015 Unfriended Blaire Lily
2015 About Scout Melinda Riley
2016 Summer Of 8 Lily Hunter Completed
2017 When We First Met Carrie


Year Title Role Notes
2004 Passions Crane Maid 2 episodes
2007–11 Days of Our Lives Stephanie Johnson Recurring cast
2011–12 The Secret Circle Diana Meade Main cast
2012 Friend Me Isabelle Salvador 1 episode
2013 Justified Jackie Nevada 1 episode
2013 Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous Christy Ackerman Recurring cast
2014 Blue Bloods Maya Lawman 1 episode
2014 Friends with Better Lives Molly James 1 episode
2014–present Teen Wolf Malia Tate Recurring (season 3); main cast (season 4–present)

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Role Singer/band
2014 "Gentle On My Mind" Tatum The Band Perry


Year Award Category Work Result
2010 Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Younger Actress Days of Our Lives Nominated
2012 Daytime Emmy Awards[15] Outstanding Younger Actress Days of our Lives Nominated
2016 Teen Choice Awards Choice Summer TV Star: Female Teen Wolf Won


  1. ^ Stephanie Sloane. "Shelley Hennig - Full Circle (pages 1-2)". Soap Opera Digest. Retrieved 10 December 2011. 
  2. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "Six More Actors Join Broadcast Pilots –". Retrieved 2011-06-28. 
  3. ^ 7:00pm (1987-01-02). "Shelley Hennig Biography, Celebrity Facts and Awards". Retrieved 2016-07-12. 
  4. ^ Anderson, Karen (2005-07-29). "Destrehan senior in teen USA pageant". Times-Picayune. 
  5. ^ "'Bangkok: Fashion City' scheme boosted by world beauty queens". Thai News Service. 2004-11-22. 
  6. ^ Swerczek, Mary (2004-08-10). "Miss Teen USA is a La. girl ; Destrehan student enjoying star status". Times-Picayune. 
  7. ^ a b "Miss Teen USA ends reign with gratitude; Destrehan native calls La. fans 'awesome'". Times-Picayune. 2005-08-18. 
  8. ^ "Obituary: Hennig, Brad Joseph". The Times-Picayune. 2001-08-10. 
  9. ^ Minton, James (2005-01-26). "Teen queen: Life not perfect Destrehan girl warns students of driving drunk". The Baton Rouge Advocate. 
  10. ^ "Local actress lands soap opera role ; Destrehan High grad aces her screen test". Times-Picayune. May 31, 2007. 
  11. ^ "NOMINATIONS: 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards –". We Love Soaps. May 12, 2010. Retrieved August 10, 2014. 
  12. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2012-08-09). "Odette Annable To Recur On CBS' 'Golden Boy', Byron Mann On CW's 'Arrow'". Deadline. Retrieved 2016-07-12. 
  13. ^ "Teen Wolf Shocker: Find Out Which Fan Favorite Is Not Returning for Season 4 | E! News". 2014-03-25. Retrieved 2016-07-12. 
  14. ^ Barton, Steve (2015-08-06). "Unfriended". Retrieved 2016-07-12. 
  15. ^ "Daytime Emmy Award - 2012 nominations". Retrieved May 10, 2012. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Oregon Tami Farrell
Miss Teen USA
Succeeded by
Ohio Allie LaForce
Preceded by
Megan Bologna
Miss Louisiana Teen USA
Succeeded by
Keisha Barras