Jena Malone

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Jena Malone
Jena Malone Deauville.jpg
Born(1984-11-21) November 21, 1984 (age 29)
Sparks, Nevada, U.S.[1]
OccupationActress, musician
Years active1996–present
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Jena Malone
Jena Malone Deauville.jpg
Born(1984-11-21) November 21, 1984 (age 29)
Sparks, Nevada, U.S.[1]
OccupationActress, musician
Years active1996–present

Jena Malone (/mʌˈln/; born November 21, 1984) is an American actress and musician. She made her movie debut with the film Bastard Out of Carolina (1996) and has appeared in films including Ellen Foster (1997), Contact (1997), Stepmom (1998), Donnie Darko (2001), Saved! (2004), Pride & Prejudice (2005), Into the Wild (2007), The Ruins (2008), Sucker Punch (2011) and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013). Malone is also an experimental musician who has released music both under her own name and as "The Shoe".

Early life[edit]

Malone was born in Sparks, Nevada to her mother, Deborah. She was raised by her mother and her mother's girlfriend, whom she has called "Godmom".[2] Malone has stated that her biological father's surname was "Berge" or "Bergen", and that he was of part Norwegian descent; she also has Irish ancestry.[3] By the time she was 9 years old, she had already lived in 27 different locations, including Lake Tahoe, California.[4] Malone began taking an interest in acting after watching her mother, who was involved in community theatre.[5] She briefly moved to Las Vegas, hated it, and persuaded her mother to move on to Los Angeles.[6] Malone was home-schooled from sixth to eighth grade. She attended the Professional Children's School, for the ninth grade, in New York,[6] and quit it after a year, when she became legally emancipated, in January 2000.[7][8] At some point she later obtained her General Educational Development (GED).[9]


Malone progressed to professional acting with the 1996 film Bastard Out of Carolina.[10] She was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Debut Performance[11] and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance in a TV Movie or Miniseries for her role in the film, Ruth Anne 'Bone' Boatwright. 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 working on various TV projects, and as a supporting actress in films such as Contact and Stepmom, Malone had her first cinematic leading role in the 2001 cult hit Donnie Darko as Gretchen Ross, the new girl in town who becomes the girlfriend of Jake Gyllenhaal's title character.

Malone co-produced the 2002 film American Girl, a drama in which she also acted. In the 2004 film Saved!, she got top billing in her first role as the primary star. In 2005, she played the spoiled fifth Bennet daughter Lydia in the film Pride and Prejudice. 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 Malone 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.[12] Pitchfork Media has described Malone's music as "pretty out-there – bedroom electronics, spaced-out keyboards, and Malone's spare vocals."[13] Malone's more recent musical work is performed as/with The Shoe.[14]

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. She played Lavinia in an off-Broadway revival of Eugene O'Neill's play Mourning Becomes Electra in 2009.

In 2011 Malone played the role of Rocket in Zack Snyder's Sucker Punch. In 2012, Malone also starred in a two-part series on the YouTube channel 'Wigs' entitled "Dakota" as the mini-series' title character. She will also portray Carson McCullers in the film Lonely Hunter, directed by Deborah Kampmeir.[15]

Malone played Johanna Mason in the sequel to The Hunger Games, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and will reprise the character in the next two films, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 and Part 2.[16]


1996Bastard Out of CarolinaRuth Anne 'Bone' Boatwright
1997ContactYoung Ellie
1998StepmomAnna Harrison
1999Book of Stars, TheThe Book of StarsMary McGuire
For Love of the GameHeather Aubrey
2000CheatersJolie Fitch
2001Donnie DarkoGretchen Ross
Life as a HouseAlyssa Beck
2002Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys, TheThe Dangerous Lives of Altar BoysMargie Flynn
Badge, TheThe BadgeAshley Hardwick
American GirlRena Grubb
2003United States of Leland, TheThe United States of LelandBecky Pollard
Cold MountainFerry Girl
Howl's Moving CastleLettie (voice)
CornEmily Rasmussen
2005Ballad of Jack and Rose, TheThe Ballad of Jack and RoseRed Berry
Pride & PrejudiceLydia Bennet
2006ContainerThe Woman/Speaker (voice)
2007Four Last SongsFrankie
Go-Getter, TheThe Go-GetterJoely
Into the WildCarine McCandless / Additional Narrator
2008Ruins, TheThe RuinsAmy
2009Messenger, TheThe MessengerKelly
Soloist, TheThe SoloistCheery Lab Tech
2010Five Star DaySarah Reynolds
RachelRachelShort film
2011I Think Bad ThoughtsJenaShort film
Sucker PunchRocket
David GoldbergVidaShort film
2012For EllenSusan
In Our NatureAndie
2013TeenageAmerican Girl (voice)Documentary
The WaitAngela
Hunger Games: Catching Fire, TheThe Hunger Games: Catching FireJohanna Mason
201410 Cent PistolDanneelCompleted
Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, TheThe Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1Johanna MasonPost-production
Inherent ViceHope HarlingenPost-production
2015Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, TheThe Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2Johanna MasonFilming
1996Chicago HopeStacy MorisseyEpisode: "Sweet Surrender"
Hidden in AmericaWillaTV movie
1997HopeLilly Kate BurnsTV movie
Ellen FosterEllen FosterTV movie
1998Homicide: Life on the StreetDebbie StraubEpisode: "Kellerman, P.I: Part 1"
Episode: "Kellerman, P.I.: Part 2"
1999Touched by an AngelCaseyEpisode: "Hearts"
2000CheatersJolie FitchTV movie
2001Ballad of Lucy Whipple, TheThe Ballad of Lucy WhippleCalifornia Morning 'Lucy' WhippleTV movie
2003Hitler: The Rise of EvilGeli RaubalTV movie
2008Law & OrderMichelle LandonEpisode: "Lost Boys"
2011Robot ChickenBoy George / Singer (voice)Episode: "Beastmaster and Commander"
2012Hatfields & McCoysNancy McCoyTV miniseries:3 episodes
DakotaDakotaMain role;3 episodes


1996CableACE AwardBest Actress in a Movie or MiniseriesNominatedRuth Anne 'Bone' Boatwright
in Bastard Out of Carolina
Independent Spirit AwardBest Debut PerformanceNominated
Satellite AwardsBest Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made For TelevisionNominated
Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a TV Movie or MiniseriesNominated
Young Artist AwardBest Performance in a TV Movie/Mini-Series - Young ActressWon
1998Saturn AwardBest Performance by a Younger Actor/ActressWonYoung Ellie in Contact
Golden Globe AwardBest Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TVNominatedLilly Kate Burns in Hope
Young Artist AwardBest Performance in a TV Movie/Pilot/Mini-Series - Leading Young ActressWonEllen Foster in Ellen Foster
1999Blockbuster Entertainment AwardFavorite Supporting Actress - DramaNominatedAnna Harrison in Stepmom
Young Artist AwardBest Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young ActressWon
2000Blockbuster Entertainment AwardFavorite Supporting Actress - Drama/RomanceNominatedHeather Aubrey in For Love of the Game
Young Artist AwardBest Performance in a Feature Film - Supporting Young ActressNominated
2001DVD Exclusive AwardsBest Supporting ActressWonMary McGuire in The Book of Stars
2004Sonoma Valley Film FestivalImagery HonorsWon-- --
2005Satellite AwardsBest Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or MusicalNominatedMary in Saved!
2008Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion PictureNominatedCarine McCandless in Into the Wild
shared with rest of cast
2014Nickelodeon Kids' Choice AwardsFavorite Female ButtkickerPendingJohanna Mason in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire


  1. ^ Jena Malone bio: Into the Wild Actor
  2. ^ Malone discussed this at a March 2004 appearance on Loveline
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ "LA Weekly". Jena at 15. Retrieved June 17, 2006. 
  5. ^ "YM". Meet Pride & Prejudice's Jena Malone. Retrieved June 17, 2006. 
  6. ^ a b "Indexed". Jena Malone, 2003. Retrieved June 17, 2006. 
  7. ^ Richard Kern: Jena Malone, 2003. Index Magazine, 2008, retrieved June 16, 2011
  8. ^ "FindArticles". Jena Malone: Emancipated at 15, can she do the same for the movies?. Retrieved June 17, 2006. [dead link]
  9. ^ "Jena Malone: Coming of Age". Jena Malone, 2001. Retrieved April 27, 2009. 
  10. ^ "". Jena Malone on "Saved!". Retrieved June 17, 2006. 
  11. ^ "LA Weekly". A Childhood in Hollywood. Retrieved June 17, 2006. 
  12. ^ Myspace: Jena Malone. URL accessed February 17, 2007.
  13. ^ Pitchfork Media: "Actress Jena Malone Records Social Registry 7"." Amy Phillips. URL accessed February 17, 2007.
  14. ^ Pitchfork
  15. ^ Gordon Cox (October 7, 2011). "Malone books biopic. Thesp to star in 'Lonely Hunter'". Variety. 
  16. ^ Greg Dean Schmitz (July 6, 2012). "Weekly Ketchup: Jena Malone Joins Catching Fire Cast". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. 

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