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Jena Laine Malone (/ˈɛnə məˈln/; born November 21, 1984)[1] is an American actress, musician and photographer.

Jena Malone
Jena Malone Deauville.jpg
Malone in 2013
Jena Laine Malone

(1984-11-21) November 21, 1984 (age 34)
ResidenceLake Tahoe, Nevada, U.S.
  • Actress
  • musician
  • photographer
Years active1996–present

Malone made her acting debut in the television film Bastard Out of Carolina (1996); subsequently, she starred in a number of mainstream and independent films including Ellen Foster (1997), Contact (1997), Stepmom (1998), Donnie Darko (2001), Life as a House (2001), Hitler: The Rise of Evil (2003), Saved! (2004), Pride & Prejudice (2005), Into the Wild (2007), The Ruins (2008), Sucker Punch (2011) and The Neon Demon (2016). She played Johanna Mason in The Hunger Games film series.

Malone is also an indie pop musician in two bands, Jena Malone and Her Bloodstains and The Shoe.


Early life and educationEdit

Malone was born in Sparks, Nevada,[1] the daughter of Deborah Malone and Edward Berge.[2] She was raised by her mother and her mother's girlfriend at the time, whom she has called "Godmom."[3] Her father is of part Norwegian descent; she also has Irish ancestry.[4] Malone grew up impoverished; her family relocated frequently and at times was homeless. "We were just so poor", Malone has said. "We'd hop out of apartments, lose jobs, find a cheaper place, get kicked out, live in cars, and live in hotels."[5] By the time she was nine years old, she had lived in 27 locations.[6] She also said, "I don’t think it was a tough childhood... it prepared me for this strange, gypsy lifestyle of an actor. It's a beautiful thing to give children diversity of where to live and how to live; it makes you believe that security is built within instead of four concrete walls that you call a home."[5]

Malone began taking an interest in acting after watching her mother in community theater.[7] In 1995, she moved to Las Vegas and began taking acting classes. She later persuaded her mother to move to Los Angeles so she could pursue an acting career.[8]

Malone has often said that she and her mother struggled financially while living in Los Angeles. She was homeschooled from sixth to eighth grade and attended the Professional Children's School in New York City for ninth grade.[8] Malone quit school a year later when she became legally emancipated in January 2000.[8][9] She later obtained a General Educational Development certificate.[10] She has one younger maternal half-sister, Madison Mae Malone (born 1997).[11]


Malone progressed to professional acting with the film Bastard Out of Carolina (1996).[12] She was nominated at the 1996 Independent Spirit Awards for Best Debut Performance[13] and at the third 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 grew 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 cult hit Donnie Darko (2001) as Gretchen Ross, the new girl in town who becomes the girlfriend of Jake Gyllenhaal's title character. Malone co-produced the film American Girl (2002), a drama in which she also acted. In the film Saved! (2004), she got top billing for the first time. In 2005, she played Lydia Bennet in the film Pride and Prejudice. In 2006, she made her Broadway stage debut in a 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.[14] Pitchfork Media has described Malone's music as "pretty out-there – bedroom electronics, spaced-out keyboards, and Malone's spare vocals."[15] Malone's more recent musical work is performed as/with The Shoe.[16]

Malone at the 2015 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

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, which flopped at the box office and caused her to consider focusing on her photography and music. It was after the huge success of her next role in The History Channel's miniseries Hatfields and McCoys that Malone's passion for acting returned.[17] In 2012, Malone starred in Dakota, a series on the YouTube channel Wigs, portraying the title character. She also played Carson McCullers in the film Lonely Hunter, directed by Deborah Kampmeir.[18] Malone played Johanna Mason in three out of four films in The Hunger Games franchise, Catching Fire, Mockingjay – Part 1, and Mockingjay – Part 2.[19]

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

She was cast as Jenet Klyburn[22] in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, also directed by Zack Snyder.[23][24] Her scenes were left out of the theatrical release but included on the "Ultimate Edition" home video release.[25] In February 2015, she was cast alongside Elle Fanning in Nicolas Winding Refn's thriller film The Neon Demon.[26]

Malone is credited as co-writer and featured vocalist on the Foster the People track "Static Space Lover" from the band's third album, Sacred Hearts Club, released on 21 July 2017.[27]

Personal lifeEdit

At 19, Malone purchased a home in Lake Tahoe, Nevada,[28] where she resided as of 2012.[29]

Malone was in a relationship with photographer Ethan DeLorenzo. In May 2016, she gave birth to their son.[30][31] The couple announced their engagement on August 30, 2016. In late 2017, Malone and Delorenzo parted ways but continue to co-parent.

Malone endorsed Senator Bernie Sanders in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.[32]



Year Title Role Notes
1996 Bastard Out of Carolina Ruth Anne "Bone" Boatwright
1997 Contact Young Ellie Arroway
1998 Stepmom Anna Harrison
1999 The Book of Stars Mary McGuire
1999 For Love of the Game Heather Aubrey
2000 Cheaters Jolie Fitch
2001 Donnie Darko Gretchen Ross
2001 Life as a House Alyssa Beck
2002 The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys Margie Flynn
2002 The Badge Ashley Hardwick
2002 American Girl Rena Grubb Also co-producer
2003 The United States of Leland Becky Pollard
2003 Cold Mountain Ferry Girl
2004 Saved! Mary Cummings
2004 Corn Emily Rasmussen
2004 Howl's Moving Castle Lettie (voice) English Dub
2005 The Ballad of Jack and Rose Red Berry
2005 Pride & Prejudice Lydia Bennet
2006 Container The Woman / Speaker (voices)
2006 Lying Grace
2007 Four Last Songs Frankie
2007 The Go-Getter Joely
2007 Into the Wild Carine McCandless / Additional Narrator
2008 The Ruins Amy
2009 The Messenger Kelly
2009 The Soloist Cheery Lab Tech
2010 Five Star Day Sarah Reynolds
2011 Sucker Punch Rocket
2012 For Ellen Susan
2012 In Our Nature Andie
2013 The Painted Lady The Painted Lady Short film
2013 Teenage American Girl (voice) Documentary
2013 The Wait Angela
2013 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Johanna Mason
2014 10 Cent Pistol Danneel
2014 Time Out of Mind Maggie Hammond
2014 Inherent Vice Hope Harlingen
2014 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 Johanna Mason
2015 Angelica Constance
2015 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 Johanna Mason
2016 Lovesong Mindy
2016 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Jenet Klyburn[22] Ultimate Edition only[33]
2016 The Neon Demon Ruby
2016 Nocturnal Animals Sage Ross
2017 Bottom of the World Scarlett
2018 The Public Myra
TBA Untitled Bush + Renz project Filming


Year Title Role Notes
1996 Hidden in America Willa Januson Movie
1996 Chicago Hope Stacy Morissey Episode: "Sweet Surrender"
1997 Hope Lilly Kate Burns Movie
1997 Ellen Foster Ellen Foster Movie
1998 Homicide: Life on the Street Debbie Straub 2 episodes
1999 Touched by an Angel Casey Episode: "Hearts"
2000 Cheaters Jolie Fitch Movie
2001 The Ballad of Lucy Whipple California Morning "Lucy" Whipple Movie
2003 Hitler: The Rise of Evil Geli Raubal Miniseries; 2 episodes
2008 Law & Order Michelle Landon Episode: "Lost Boys"
2011 Robot Chicken Boy George / Singer (voice) Episode: "Beastmaster and Commander"
2012 Hatfields & McCoys Nancy McCoy Miniseries; 3 episodes
2012 Dakota Dakota 3 episodes
2019 Too Old To Die Young Diana

Music videosEdit

Year Title Artist Director Role
1995 "Childhood" Michael Jackson Nick Brandt actress
2010 "Berkeley Girl" Harper Simon Benjamin Kutsko actress
2011 "Electric Love" Dirty Vegas James Gooding actress
2011 "Time" Sky White Tiger Frank G. DeMarco actress
2012 "True Vulture" Death Grips Galen Pehrson voices, additional sound design
2013 "I Don't Recall" Lavender Diamond Jena Malone director
2014 "Harlem River" Kevin Morby Adarsha Benjamin actress
2014 "Dead Rabbit Hopes" The Shoe Alia Penner singer, actress
2014 "Broken Hearted Love Song" The Shoe Benjamin Kutsko singer, actress
2014 "His Gorgeousness" The Shoe Aliya Naumoff singer, actress
2014 "Encino" Henry Wolfe Benjamin Kutsko actress


Year Title Role Notes
2006 Doubt Sister James Broadway
2009 Mourning Becomes Electra Lavinia Mannon Off-Broadway

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
1997 CableACE Awards Best Actress in a Movie or Miniseries Bastard Out of Carolina Nominated
Independent Spirit Awards Best Debut Performance Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie Nominated
YoungStar Awards Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Miniseries/Made-for-TV Movie Nominated
Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Movie, Pilot or Miniseries – Leading Young Actress Won
1998 Saturn Awards Best Performance by a Younger Actor Contact Won
Golden Globe Awards Best Actress in a Miniseries or Television Film Hope Nominated
YoungStar Awards Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Miniseries/Made-for-TV Movie Nominated
Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Movie, Pilot or Miniseries – Leading Young Actress Ellen Foster Won
1999 YoungStar Awards Best Young Actress in a Drama Film Stepmom Won
Young Artist Awards Best Leading Young Actress in a Feature Film Won
2000 YoungStar Awards Best Young Actress in a Drama Film For Love of the Game Nominated
Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Feature Film – Supporting Young Actress Nominated
2001 DVD Exclusive Awards Best Supporting Actress[citation needed] The Book of Stars Won
2004 Sonoma Valley Film Festival Imagery Honors[citation needed] Won
2005 Satellite Awards Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy Saved! Nominated
2008 Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Into the Wild Nominated
2014 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Female Buttkicker The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Nominated
Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated
2016 2016 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Scene Stealer The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 Won
BloodGuts UK Horror Awards Best Supporting Actress The Neon Demon Won
2017 Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Best Supporting Actress[34] Won


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  34. ^ "Never mind Oscar, here's the 2017 FANGORIA Chainsaw Awards Nominees Ballot!". FANGORIA®. Retrieved 14 February 2017.

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