When travelling for roles, Julia has an old blanket "Blanky" that she takes with her to fight homesickness.
Julia is a die-hard New York Mets fan.
Awards & Nominations: -
10 Things I Hate About You
• 1999 (N) - Film - Breakout Performance, Teen Choice Awards
• 1999 (N) - Film - Sexiest Love Scene, Teen Choice Awards, shared with Heath Ledger
• 1999 (N) - Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Comedy Film, YoungStar Awards
• 2000 (W) - Most Promising Actress, Chicago Film Critics Association Awards, tied with Émilie Dequenne (Rosetta)
• 2000 (W) - Breakthrough Female Performance, MTV Movie Awards
State and Main
• 2000 (W) - Best Acting by an Ensemble, National Board of Review, shared with castmates
• 2001 (W) - Best Ensemble Cast, Florida Film Critics Circle Awards, shared with castmates
• 2001 (W) - Best Ensemble Cast Performance, Online Film Critics Society Awards
Save the Last Dance
• 2001 (W) - Best Kiss, MTV Movie Awards, shared with Sean Patrick Thomas
• 2001 (N) - Best Female Performance, MTV Movie Awards
• 2001 (W) - Film - Choice Actress, Teen Choice Awards
• 2001 (W) - Film - Choice Fight Scene, Teen Choice Awards, shared with Bianca Lawson
• 1998 (W) - Best Actress, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, forWicked
• 2000 (N) - Film - Choice Actress, Teen Choice Awards, for Down to You
• 2000 (N) - Film - Choice Chemistry, Teen Choice Awards, for Down to You, shared with Freddie Prinze, Jr.
• 2002 (N) - Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, Drama, Golden Satellite Award, for The Business of Strangers
• 2004 (N) - Choice Movie Actress - Drama/Action Adventure, Teen Choice Awards, for both Mona Lisa Smile and The Prince & Me
• 2006 (N) - Movie - Choice Scream, Teen Choice Awards, for The Omen
• 2011 (N) - TV- Guest Actress In A Drama Series for Dexter
Film, Video, and TV Movie Credits:
• Passage (2009) as Ella
• The Cry of the Owl (2009) as Jenny Thierolf
• Gospel Hill (2008) as Rosie
• The '60s (1999) (TV) as Katie Herlihy
• Before Women Had Wings (1997) (TV) as Phoebe Jackson
In August 2009, Julia showcased her talent in fashion design by coming up with an eco-friendly clothing label called Styles. The designs make use of recyclable materials and are named after the films that she's done.
In 2007, Stiles wrote and directed the drama short, Raving featuring Zooey Deschanel.
Director Thomas Carter cast her as Sara Johnson in Save the Last Dance after seeing her "table dancing" in Ten Things I Hate About You.
Before Jessica Alba got the part, Stiles was considered to portray Susan Storm/Invisible Girl in Fantastic Four. She also tried out for the role of Mary Jane, eventually played by Kirsten Dunst, in Spider-Man.
Julia is part Irish, Italian, and English. She is fluent in Spanish, speaks some German and says she "kind of understands" Italian.
In 2005, Julia acted in the play Fran's Bed. She played the role of Mia Farrow's daughter. She has also performed in Twelfth Night (New York Shakespeare Festival, 2002), Hughes and Matthew & School of Life (Kitchen Theatre), Everyday Newt Berman, Photo Op, The Sandalwood Box, and in Jungle Movie (Ridge Theatre).
In May 29, 2006, Julia threw the first pitch before the game between the New York Mets and the Arizona Diamondbacks at Shea Stadium in New York.
During filming of The Omen, Julia suffered from major paranoia to the extent to which she re-arranged her hotel apartment furniture so her bed wasn't under the chandelier as she believed it would fall on her.
During her hiatus from Save the Last Dance (2001), Julia signed up with Habitat for Humanity International, an organization that builds homes for the needy.
When Julia was younger, her parents took her to see an opera. She was so inspired by it that she wrote to the director of the theater company and asked him for a part in it.
Julia was paid $4,000,000 for A Guy Thing.
In 2001 People magazine voted her one of the '50 Most Beautiful People'.
Julia graduated from Columbia University in 2005 with an English Degree. One of her classmates at the university was actress Anna Paquin.
Although she didn't intend to, each year from 1999-2001, Julia appeared in three Shakespeare film adaptations: 10 Things I Hate About You (1999), Hamlet (2000/I), O(2001). In 2002, Julia also did a theater performance of Twelfth Night.
Julia is 5'7½" (1.71 m) tall. She has light brown hair and light brown eyes.
Julia: (on attending college) Well, my reasons when I started were different from the reasons that I'm continuing now. My reasons for starting school had to do more with the experience of it all, and then, I ended up really just enjoying studying. There are things that I can study in school that I can't learn on a movie set. It's good to get perspective.
Julia: (on the film The Prince and Me) You watch two people fall in love and connect. It's the tried and true story of two people from different walks of life connecting on a really deeper level. There is a fantasy element to it and fairy tale element to it, but what's nice is that my character is really grounded and real and is believable, hopefully, if I did my job. It's not a repeat of Cinderella stories.
Julia: (on Jonathan Cramer) I've learned a lot from him, because he's in a totally different creative profession. And he's a wonderful human being, and I'm madly in love. But out of respect for him, I try not to talk about him when he's not here to speak for himself. Because it would be weird to read about yourself in an article.
Julia: (Do Dexter and Lumen fall in love?) It depends on your definition of love. There are many different ways to show love that can be interpreted in many different ways. Plus, emotions with Dexter are already so unconventional that it's hard to put the word love in there.
Julia: (On her character, Lumen in Dexter) She comes into Dexter's life, and she's very mysterious. You only slowly learn where she's come from, and it's clear that she's experienced a major trauma and has a really hard time moving past that and getting on with her life.
Julia: I think women get caught up too much in having a plan -- 'I'm going to get married at this age; I'm going to have a kid at this age' -- and then they just try to find a guy who will fit into that picture. I don't want my life to be based on that.
Julia: (on her inspiration behind her shirt creations which double as pants) I met this homeless man who had never owned a shirt in his life. He had taken his pants and worn them as a shirt and I thought it was so creative. He was liberated from the conventions of fashion.
Julia: (when asked by Conan O'Brien about her first bite of a hamburger when she stopped being a vegan) The word orgasm comes to mind.
Julia: (about the pressure to 'fill out' for her movie roles) I've walked into my dressing room and had a desk full of fake boobs that the producers have put there. That's pretty blatant.
Julia: So I am happy to have fans, especially if it enables me to keep working. And I am really grateful when people respond to my work.
Julia: Of course my family and friends are incredibly valuable to me. They keep me sane, they teach me things and I love spending time with them. I think that ranking what you value is a sort of western and linear way of looking at things. You can find great importance in your friends and yourself, but each doesn't preclude the other. As with any relationship, treating your family and friends well can only really happen if you can treat yourself well (and vice versa). And if your family/friends treat you well, then you are given the power to respect yourself. It's a cyclical thing. God, I sound like Stuart Smalley or Oprah. Ok, I'm done.
Julia: I don't have a preference either way of the size of the film or the size of the budget, but obviously when you're making a movie you want people to see it. So in that sense, making a studio film at least you have a guaranteed release. But my main goal is to be a chameleon as an actor and play various different kinds of roles so people don't get used to seeing you in one particular type.
Julia: Oh, dating an actor is your best bet for getting into the gossip columns if that's what you want!
Julia: I like to show a little skin but not be too revealing. In the end, sexiness has to do with hormones, chemistry--it's pheromones.
Julia: (talking about if she thought she was typecast) I see all of my roles as different. I can only speak from my perspective. All I can do is make choices, which will excite me about going to work everyday.
Julia: What I try and do is develop a familiarity with the people I work with. I wouldn't have an affair with my co-star, but I like to bond with the person I'm acting with. Then I pull from different things like relationships and real life.
Julia: I am a big fan of horror movies but I had never thought that I had wanted to act in one because I don't think that actors get to do much in them. They're usually just reacting.
Julia: What I look for in a guy is passion and ambition and there's nothing sexier than intellect, so hopefully that would be reciprocated.