Jena Malone

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Jena Malone
Jena Malone Deauville.jpg
Born(1984-11-21) November 21, 1984 (age 30)
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 30)
Sparks, Nevada, U.S.[1]
OccupationActress, musician
Years active1996–present

Jena Malone (/məˈln/; 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 and education[edit]

Malone was born in Sparks, Nevada, to Deborah "Debbie" Malone. She was raised by her mother and her mother's girlfriend at the time, 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.[4] Malone began taking an interest in acting after watching her mother, who was involved in community theatre.[5] In 1995, she moved to Las Vegas, and later persuaded her mother to move to Los Angeles, California to pursue a career in acting.[6] In Los Angeles, California, Malone has stated that she and her mother struggled with money. 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] She has one younger sister, Madison Mae Malone (born 1997).

Acting career[edit]

Malone progressed to professional acting with the 1996 film Bastard Out of Carolina.[10] She was nominated at the 1996 Independent Spirit Awards for Best Debut Performance[11] and at the 3rd Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries for her role in the film. From there, her roles have grown to include several Hollywood features. In 1997, she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award in the category Best Actress in a Miniseries or Television Film, 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 portraying the title character. She also played the role of Carson McCullers in the film Lonely Hunter, directed by Deborah Kampmeir.[15]

Malone played Johanna Mason in the second film in The Hunger Games franchise, Catching Fire. She reprised her role in the final two films, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 and the upcoming Part 2.[16] It has also been announced that she has been cast in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, also directed by Zack Snyder, it is currently unannounced who she will play, but rumours suggest it will be female Robin, Carrie Kelley.[17][18]


In November 2014, Malone exhibited 39 photographs that she took in Myanmar in the summer of that year.[19][20] The exhibition, which ran from November 21 to November 28, 2014, was called "The Holy Other."[19][20] It took place at MAMA, an art gallery in Downtown Los Angeles.[19][20] Proceeds were donated to Girl Determined, a non-profit organization which benefits girls's education in Myanmar[20]



1996Bastard Out of CarolinaRuth Anne 'Bone' Boatwright
1997ContactYoung Ellie
1998StepmomAnna Harrison
1999The Book of StarsMary McGuire
For Love of the GameHeather Aubrey
2000CheatersJolie Fitch
2001The ballad of Lucy WhippleLucy Whipple
Donnie DarkoGretchen Ross
Life as a HouseAlyssa Beck
2002The Dangerous Lives of Altar BoysMargie Flynn
The BadgeAshley Hardwick
American GirlRena Grubb
2003The United States of LelandBecky Pollard
Cold MountainFerry Girl
Howl's Moving CastleLettieVoice
CornEmily Rasmussen
2005The Ballad of Jack and RoseRed Berry
Pride & PrejudiceLydia Bennet
2006ContainerThe Woman/SpeakerVoice
2007Four Last SongsFrankie
The Go-GetterJoely
Into the WildCarine McCandless/Additional Narrator
2008The RuinsAmy
2009The MessengerKelly
The 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 GirlDocumentary; voice
The WaitAngela
The Hunger Games: Catching FireJohanna Mason
201410 Cent PistolDanneelCompleted
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1Johanna MasonCameo
Inherent ViceHope Harlingen
Time Out of MindMaggie
2015The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2Johanna MasonPost-production
2016Batman v Superman: Dawn of JusticeFilming


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/SingerVoice; episode: "Beastmaster and Commander"
2012Hatfields & McCoysNancy McCoyTV miniseries; 3 episodes
DakotaDakotaMain role; 3 episodes


2006DoubtSister JamesBroadway
2009Mourning Becomes ElectraLavinia MannonOff-Broadway

Awards and nominations[edit]

1996CableACE AwardsBest Actress in a Movie or MiniseriesNominatedRuth Anne 'Bone' Boatwright
in Bastard Out of Carolina
Independent Spirit AwardsBest Debut PerformanceNominated
Satellite AwardsBest Actress – Miniseries or Television FilmNominated
Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or MiniseriesNominated
Young Artist AwardsBest Performance in a TV Movie, Pilot or Miniseries – Leading Young ActressWon
1998Saturn AwardsBest Performance by a Younger ActorWonYoung Ellie in Contact
Golden Globe AwardsBest Actress in a Miniseries or Television FilmNominatedLilly Kate Burns in Hope
Young Artist AwardsBest Performance in a TV Movie, Pilot or Miniseries – Leading Young ActressWonEllen Foster in Ellen Foster
1999Blockbuster Entertainment AwardsFavorite Supporting Actress - DramaNominatedAnna Harrison in Stepmom
Young Artist AwardsBest Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young ActressWon
2000Blockbuster Entertainment AwardsFavorite Supporting Actress - Drama/RomanceNominatedHeather Aubrey in For Love of the Game
Young Artist AwardsBest Performance in a Feature Film - Supporting Young ActressNominated
2001DVD Exclusive AwardsBest Supporting ActressWonMary McGuire in The Book of Stars
2004Sonoma Valley Film FestivalImagery HonorsWonHerself
2005Satellite AwardsBest Actress – Motion Picture Musical or ComedyNominatedMary 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 ButtkickerNominatedJohanna Mason in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Saturn AwardsBest Supporting ActressPending


  1. ^ Jena Malone bio: Into the Wild Actor
  2. ^ Malone discussed this at a March 2004 appearance on Loveline
  3. ^
  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. 
  17. ^ Adam Holmes (October 18, 2014). "Batman V Superman Confirms Jena Malone For A Mystery Role". CinemaBlend. CinemaBlend. 
  18. ^ Natasha Culzac (October 18, 2014). "Batman v Superman: Side-kick Robin 'to be woman played by Jena Malone'". Independent. Independent. 
  19. ^ a b c Joanna Robinson, Hunger Games Star Jena Malone on Inspiring Girls Everywhere to Catch Fire, Vanity Fair, November 21, 2014
  20. ^ a b c d 'Outlook Beverly Hills', The Beverly Hills Courier, Volume XXXXVIIII, Number 46, November 21, 2014, p. 22

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