Jena Malone

Jena Malone


11/21/1984, Sparks, Nevada, USA

Birth Name

Jena Malone


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-Height 5' 7"
-Won legal emancipation from her mother, who is now barred from interfering with Jena's career and earnings. [January 2000]
-Filed suit against mother Debbie, charging mismanagement of her earnings, failure to pay taxes, and seeking emancipation [1999]
-Plans to study photography at a community…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Jena was ranked #12 on Teen People magazine's hottest rising teens of 2003.

    • Jena used to want to be a children's writer, because of all of the great ideas she had when she was younger, she would write them, draw them, and turn them into her class.

    • Jena cites the main reason for taking the role in Contact, was to get the chance to work with her idol, Jodie Foster.

    • Jena was paid $325,000.00 for her role as Susan Sarandon's daughter in the 1998 film, Stepmom

    • Jena played the young Ellie Arroway, Jodie Foster's role, in the 1997 film Contact. Her brown eyes were colored blue (to match Jodie Foster's) by computer for the opening shot, which zooms into her eye.

    • Jena was due to play the lead role in the film Vinyl, but she withdrew due to her scheduling conflicts and was replaced by Michelle Trachtenberg.

    • Jena was nominated for a Golden Globe for 'Best Actress in a Mini-Series or TV Movie' for her role in Hope in 1997.

    • Jena co-produced and acted in the 2003 film, American Girl, about a young pregnant teen's relationship with her family, and her imprisoned father.

    • Jena's first feature film was the 1996 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.

    • Jena's main goal is to be a film director, she feels that as the director you can put a little of yourself into every part.

    • Jena's hobbies include: kickboxing, drawing, singing, dancing, and 'regular teenage stuff'.

    • Jena's favorite music comes from the 90's women bands, and Classic Rock (Clapton, Jopln, Hendrix).

    • Jena was homeschooled for several years, and feels that it helped her to excel in all of her subjects, loving math and the Renaissance the most. She briefly attended the Professional Children's School in New York.

    • Jena began to take an interest in acting as a young child after watching her mother, who was involved with community theater.

    • Jena was born in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, and lived in 27 different locations by the age of nine. Her family moved to Las Vegas, and she hated it, so she persuaded her mom to move to Los Angeles.

    • Jena Malone,along with Chloe Sevigny, Leelee Sobieski and Halley Wegryn Gross finished filming the indie pic "Lying" for producers Molly Hassell and David Guy Levy.

      Film -- also starring Maya Goldsmith and Henry Gummer (Meryl Streep's son)-- centers on three New York City friends who head to the Berkshire's in New York State for the weekend. The girls are forced to reevaluate each other as one of them turns out to be a pathological liar.

      "Lying" is being produced via Hassell's PCH Film/Catfish Prods. and Levy's Periscope Entertainment.

      Curiously Bright Entertainment's Lilly Bright and Sane Cinema's John Jencks are exec producing.

      First-time helmer M. Blash directed the drama.

    • Jena Malone has made her Broadway debut as Sister James in Doubt, taking over for Tony nominee Heather Goldenhersh. Malone was set to begin performances on January 10, the same day as Eileen Atkins and Ron Eldard were to start in the Tony-winning drama but due to the flu she and new cast did not begin on that day.

  • Quotes

    • Jena: I love talking about movies that mean something to me.

    • Jena: Some of the most incredible experiences I've had are with first time directors and writers, people who have actually written scripts and don't have the regular chains of Hollywood tying them down.

    • Jena: If we could all just laugh at ourselves, in hard times or good times, it would be an incredible world.

    • Jena: I admire Claire Danes. She's so amazing, and all the choices she's made for her career are good. I hope to work with her one day soon.

    • Jena: The reason that I started homeschool is that I was so bored in school. I'd be helping the teacher, like the teacher's assistant and helping other kids. And there's always one person who doesn't understand, and it drags the whole class behind.

    • Jena: I 've really learned to surround myself with people that are supportive and easy-going no matter what happens. Those are the friends who last.

    • Jena: I've really learned that you don't have to fit in. No matter where you go, you're always going to have to be you and if they don't like you for who you are, what's the point of being someone else?