Bonnie Aarons

Bonnie Aarons is an American actress and writer. She is best known for her roles as the bum in Mulholland Drive (2001), Baroness Joy von Troken in The Princess Diaries (2001) and its sequel, The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004), and the demon nun known as Valak in The Conjuring 2 (2016) and its subsequent spinoff, The Nun (2018).[1][2] She appeared in the 2018 movie Adi Shankar's Gods and Secrets.[3]

Bonnie Aarons
Bonnie Aarons at Tara Cardinal's Japan Relief Celebrity Event.jpg
Bonnie Aarons in April 2011
Years active1994–present


Aarons attended acting school in New York City, but was frequently told that she would not have an acting career, due to her look and her nose. She found work in Europe doing short films and commercials.[4] Her first American film was 1994's Exit to Eden, portraying a prostitute. She then appeared in the Roger Corman-produced "woman in prison" film, Caged Heat 3000.[5]

Aarons has played small roles in several horror movies, such as I Know Who Killed Me, Drag Me to Hell, The Conjuring 2, and Mulholland Drive.[6]



Year Title Role Notes
1994 Exit to Eden The Prostitute
1995 Caged Heat 3000 Mac
1996 Dear God Prophet Woman
1998 Sweet Jane Waitress
2001 Mulholland Drive The Bum
The Princess Diaries Baroness Joy von Troken
Shallow Hal Spastic Friend #1
2003 Specter's Rock Verna Frenz
2004 The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement Baroness Joy von Troken
2006 Wristcutters: A Love Story Messiah Worshipper
2007 I Know Who Killed Me Fat Teena
InAlienable Blue Skinned Woman
2008 Hell Ride Mud Devils Ref
One, Two, Many Lastima in the Bathroom
2009 Drag Me to Hell Mother and Daughter at Decathlon Fest
2010 Valentine's Day Strange Lady
Dahmer vs. Gacy General Abogados
The Fighter Crackeado Bonnie
2012 Silver Linings Playbook Rocky D'Angelo's Mother
2015 Accidental Love Reporter #2
2016 The Conjuring 2 Valak /
Demon Nun
2017 Annabelle: Creation Cameo
2018 The Nun
Adi Shankar's Gods and Secrets Actress
2021 Jacob's Wife The Master
TBA Wizardream The Crone Post-production
The Nun: Rise Valak /
Demon Nun
Night of the Witch Marioara /
The Witch


  1. ^ "What does the actor who plays that horrifying nun look like?". September 27, 2018.
  2. ^ "Movie review: 'The Nun' is jumpy but minimally scary". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved January 21, 2020.
  3. ^ Szabo, Sarah. "The actress who plays The Nun is gorgeous in real life". Retrieved January 21, 2020.
  4. ^ "Exclusive Interview: Horror Icon Bonnie Aarons Talks The Nun". We Got This Covered. September 18, 2018. Retrieved November 30, 2018.
  5. ^ "Rue Morgue". Rue Morgue. Archived from the original on February 2, 2017. Retrieved January 30, 2017.
  6. ^ "'Conjuring 2' Nun Actor Revealed - And You've Seen Her Before". Archived from the original on February 2, 2017. Retrieved January 30, 2017.

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