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Jena Malone

at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival
Born Jena Malone
November 21, 1984 (1984-11-21) (age 25)
Sparks, Nevada, U.S.
Years active 1996–present

Jena Malone (born November 21, 1984) is an American actress and musician. Her film work has been mainly in independent films, and she has acted in theater.

She made her cinema debut with the movie Bastard Out of Carolina (1996), and has appeared in films including Contact (1997), Stepmom (1998), Donnie Darko (2001), Saved! (2004), and Into the Wild (2007).

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Early life

Malone was born in Sparks, Nevada,[1] and lived in 27 different locations by the age of nine, including Lake Tahoe, California.[2] Malone was raised by her mother, Deborah, and her mother's girlfriend, whom she calls "Godmom".[3] She began taking an interest in acting after watching her mother, who was involved in community theatre.[4] She briefly moved to Las Vegas, hated it, and persuaded her mother to move on to Los Angeles.[5] She completed high school early by taking the GED.[6]

Career

Malone progressed to professional acting with the 1996 film Bastard Out of Carolina.[7] She was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Debut Performance[8] and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance in a TV Movie or Miniseries for this role. From there, her roles have grown to include several Hollywood features. In 1997, she was nominated for a Golden Globe, Best Actress in a Mini-Series or TV Movie, for her role in Hope. After several years of home schooling, she briefly attended the Professional Children's School in New York.[5] In January 2000, Malone won legal emancipation from her mother, to bar maternal interference with her career and earnings; Malone has said that her mother "mismanaged" some of her earnings.[9]

Malone co-produced the 2002 film American Girl, a drama in which she also acted. She had her first starring role in the 2004 film Saved!. In 2006, she made her professional stage debut in the Broadway production of the Tony Award winning play Doubt.

In 2007, it was announced that she was releasing her first single on The Social Registry, a New York City experimental music label. A number of tracks were posted to her MySpace page,[10] Pitchfork Media has described her music as "pretty out-there-- bedroom electronics, spaced-out keyboards, and Malone's spare vocals."[11]

Malone appeared in the horror film The Ruins, which was released on April 4, 2008 and co-starred Shawn Ashmore, Laura Ramsey, and Jonathan Tucker and played Lavinia in an off-Broadway revival of Mourning Becomes Electra in 2009.

See also

Filmography

Jena Malone downstairs at Union Hall
Year Film Role Other notes
1996 Bastard Out of Carolina Ruth Anne 'Bone' Boatwright
Hidden in America Willa (TV-Movie)
1997 Contact Young Ellie
Ellen Foster Ellen Foster (TV-Movie)
Hope Lilly Kate Burns (TV-Movie, Golden Globe Nomination)
1998 Stepmom Anna Harrison
1999 For Love of the Game Heather Aubrey
The Book of Stars Mary McGuire
2000 Cheaters Jolie Fitch (TV Movie)
2001 The Ballad of Lucy Whipple California Morning 'Lucy' Whipple (TV-Movie)
Donnie Darko Gretchen Ross
Life as a House Alyssa Beck
2002 The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys Margie Flynn
Hitler: The Rise of Evil Geli Raubal
The Badge Ashley Hardwick
American Girl Rena Grubb (also co-producer)
2003 The United States of Leland Becky Pollard
Cold Mountain Ferry Girl
2004 Corn Emily Rasmussen (also associate producer)
Saved! Mary
Howl's Moving Castle Lettie (voice)
2005 The Ballad of Jack and Rose Red Berry
Pride and Prejudice Lydia Bennet
2006 Lying Grace
Container The Woman/Speaker (voice)
2007 Four Last Songs Frankie
The Go-Getter Joely
Into the Wild Carine McCandless
2008 The Ruins Amy
2009 The Messenger Kelly
The Soloist Lab Technician
Five Star Day Sarah Reynolds post-production
2011 Sucker Punch Rocket

Awards

Year Award Category Result Role
1996 CableACE Award Best Actress in a Movie or Miniseries Nominated Ruth Anne 'Bone' Boatwright
in Bastard Out of Carolina
Independent Spirit Award Best Debut Performance Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made For Television Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries Nominated
Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Movie/Mini-Series - Young Actress Won
YoungStar Award Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Made For TV Movie Nominated
1998 Saturn Award Best Performance by a Younger Actor/Actress Won Young Ellie in Contact
Golden Globe Award Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV Nominated Lilly Kate Burns in Hope
YoungStar Award Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Miniseries/Made-for-TV Movie Nominated
Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Movie/Pilot/Mini-Series - Leading Young Actress Won Ellen Foster in Ellen Foster
1999 Blockbuster Entertainment Award Favorite Supporting Actress - Drama Nominated Anna Harrison in Stepmom
Young Artist Award Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actress Won
YoungStar Award Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Drama Film Won
2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Award Favorite Supporting Actress - Drama/Romance Nominated Heather Aubrey in For Love of the Game
Young Artist Award Best Performance in a Feature Film - Supporting Young Actress Nominated
YoungStar Award Best Young Actress/Performance in a Motion Picture Drama Nominated
2001 DVD Exclusive Awards Best Supporting Actress Won Mary McGuire in The Book of Stars
2004 Sonoma Valley Film Festival Imagery Honors Won -- --
2005 Satellite Awards Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical Nominated Mary in Saved!
2008 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated Carine McCandless in Into the Wild
shared with rest of cast

References

  1. ^ Jena Malone bio: Into the Wild Actor
  2. ^ "LA Weekly". Jena at 15. http://www.laweekly.com/2000-06-22/news/jena-at-15/. Retrieved June 17 2006.  
  3. ^ Malone discussed this on a March 2004 appearance on Loveline
  4. ^ "YM". Meet Pride & Prejudice's Jena Malone. http://www.ym.com/jsp/stars/ontheverge/index.jsp. Retrieved June 17 2006.  
  5. ^ a b "Indexed". Jena Malone, 2003. http://www.indexmagazine.com/interviews/jena_malone.shtml. Retrieved June 17 2006.  
  6. ^ "Jena Malone: Coming of Age". Jena Malone, 2001. http://www.teenhollywood.com/printerversion.asp?r=5859. Retrieved April 27 2009.  
  7. ^ "About.com". Jena Malone on "Saved!". http://movies.about.com/cs/saved/a/savedjm051704.htm. Retrieved June 17 2006.  
  8. ^ "LA Weekly". A Childhood in Hollywood. http://www.minorcon.org/malone.html. Retrieved June 17 2006.  
  9. ^ "FindArticles". Jena Malone: Emancipated at 15, can she do the same for the movies?. http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1285/is_2_32/ai_83450567/pg_2. Retrieved June 17 2006.  
  10. ^ Myspace: Jena Malone. URL accessed February 17, 2007.
  11. ^ Pitchfork Media: "Actress Jena Malone Records Social Registry 7"." Amy Phillips. URL accessed February 17, 2007.

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