Shelley Hennig

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Shelley Hennig
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Hennig at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con
Shelley Catherine Hennig

(1987-01-02) January 2, 1987 (age 32)
OccupationActress, model, dancer
Years active2004-present
TitleMiss Louisiana Teen USA 2004
Miss Teen USA 2004

Shelley Catherine Hennig (born January 2, 1987) is an American model and actress. She is also 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 played the character Malia Tate in Teen Wolf. Hennig also starred in horror films Unfriended as Blaire Lily and Ouija as Debbie Galardi. She has been nominated for two Emmys for her role on Days of Our Lives. She has won a 2016 Teen Choice Award.

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 was born in Metairie, Louisiana, lived in St. Rose, Louisiana and later moved to 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 canceled after one season.

Hennig also had 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 Blumhouse horror 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.

In 2017, she starred in country music artist Maren Morris' music video for "I Could Use a Love Song."

In 2018, she played supporting role as a photographer, Carrie Grey, in the Netflix romantic comedy When We First Met.[15]



Year Title Role Notes
2014 Ouija Debbie Galardi
2014 Unfriended Blaire Lily
2015 About Scout Melinda Riley
2016 Summer of 8 Lily Hunter
2017 Roman J. Israel, Esq. Olivia Reed
2018 When We First Met Carrie Grey
2018 The After Party Alicia Levine
2019 Walter The Girl Short film


Year Title Role Notes
2004 Passions Crane Maid Guest role; 2 episodes
2007–2011, 2017 Days of Our Lives Stephanie Johnson Regular role; 468 episodes
2011–2012 The Secret Circle Diana Meade Main role; 22 episodes
2012 Friend Me Isabelle Unaired television series[citation needed]
2013 Justified Jackie Nevada Episode: "Money Trap"
2013 Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous Christy Ackerman Recurring role; 4 episodes
2014–2017 Teen Wolf Malia Tate Recurring role (season 3); Main role (seasons 4–6); 55 episodes
2014 Blue Bloods Maya Lawman Episode: "Insult to Injury"
2014 Friends with Better Lives Molly James Episode: "Yummy Mummy"
2018 Liberty Crossing Carly Ambrose Main role; 8 episodes
2018 False Profits Hilary Jenkle Unaired television Pilot
TBA Dollface Ramona Upcoming series

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist Role
2014 "Gentle On My Mind" The Band Perry Tatum
2017 "I Could Use a Love Song" Maren Morris Shelley

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2010 Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Younger Actress Days of Our Lives Nominated [11]
2012 Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Younger Actress Days of Our Lives Nominated [16]
2016 Teen Choice Awards Choice Summer TV Star: Female Teen Wolf Won [17]
2017 Teen Choice Awards Choice Summer TV Star: Female Teen Wolf Nominated [18]


  1. ^ Stephanie Sloane. "Shelley Hennig - Full Circle (pages 1-2)". Soap Opera Digest. Archived from the original on 1 March 2014. Retrieved 10 December 2011.
  2. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "Six More Actors Join Broadcast Pilots –". Deadline Hollywood. 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". The Times-Picayune. New Orleans. May 31, 2007.
  11. ^ a b "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 Hollywood. Retrieved 2016-07-12.
  13. ^ "Teen Wolf Shocker: Find Out Which Fan Favorite Is Not Returning for Season 4". 2014-03-25. Retrieved 2016-07-12.
  14. ^ Barton, Steve (2015-08-06). "Unfriended". Dread Central. Retrieved 2016-07-12.
  15. ^ Pedersen, Erik (4 August 2016). "Shelley Hennig Joins 'When We First Met'; Stephen Root Cast In 'Three Christs'". Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  16. ^ "Daytime Emmy Awards 2012: The Winners List". The Hollywood Reporter. June 23, 2012. Retrieved April 10, 2018.
  17. ^ Takeda, Allison (August 1, 2016). "Teen Choice Awards 2016: All the Nominees and Winners!". Us Magazine. Retrieved April 10, 2018.
  18. ^ Vulpo, Mike (August 13, 2017). "Teen Choice Awards 2017 Winners: The Complete List". E!. Retrieved April 10, 2018.

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