- Jena Malone
- Lake Tahoe Nevada
- United States
- Actress Producer
- Charm Innocence...acting Ability
- Cutting Her Hair
Jena Malone Introduction
In 2000, Jena Malone won legal emancipation from her mother, Debbie, who is now barred from interfering with Jena's career and earnings. She had filed the suit in 1999 after she realized she had been working in film for years and her allowance of $1.50 per week for doing her chores didn't add up.
Jena Malone Life Story
Jena Malone was born in Sparks, Nevada (near Lake Tahoe for you snow-boarding pot smokers) on November 21, 1984. She lived in 27 different locations by the age of nine. Always a good way to find stability in your life. She began taking an interest in acting after watching her mother, who was involved in community theatre. She briefly moved to Las Vegas, hated it, and persuaded her mother to move on to Los Angeles, known as min-Vegas.
Jena made the jump to professional acting with the 1996 film Bastard Out of Carolina. She was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Debut Performance and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance in a TV Movie or Miniseries for this role. She won neither. From there, her roles grew in stature, including 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. In 2001 she starred in Donnie Darko (2001) with Maggie Gyllenhaal and Drew Barrymore. She acted and served as a co-producer for the 2002 film American Girl, a drama that made no money. She was due star in the film Vinyl, but had to withdraw due to filming conflicts, and was replaced by Michelle Trachtenberg. She was in the satirical film Saved! in 2004 with Mandy Moore.
In 2006, she made her professional stage debut in the Broadway production of the Tony Award-winning play "Doubt", but we don't care because you can't get close-ups of her hotness when she's on stage.
She had a small role as the narrator/16-year-old sister of Emile Hirsch in Into the Wild (2007) even though she turned 23 that year. She played a decidely non-teenage role in her next film, The Messenger (2009).