Jena Malone Biography
Jena Malone (Jena Laine Malone) is an American actress, photographer, and musician. She made her acting debut in the television film Bastard Out of Carolina (1996).
Later, Jena 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).
Jena Malone Age
Jena Laine Malone was born on November 21, 1984 in Sparks, Nevada, U.S. She is [agecalc birthdate=1984-11-21]
Jena Malone Family | Malone Stepmom
Jena was born to Deborah “Debbie” Malone and Edward Berge. She was then raised by her mother and her mother’s girlfriend at the time, whom she has called “God mom.” Malone’s paternal grandfather was Karl Berge, former owner of the Karls Silver Club.
Her father has part Norwegian descent and she also has an Irish ancestry. She grew up impoverished and her family moved frequently and at times were homeless. By age 9, she had already lived in 27 locations. Malone has a maternal half-sister, Madison Mae Malone (born 1997).
However, Jena stated the experience was positive for her: “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.”
Jena Malone Ethan DE Lorenzo
She is in a relationship with photographer Ethan DE Lorenzo. The couple later announced their engagement on August 30, 2016.
Jena Malone Ode Mountain DE Lorenzo Malone
Jena gave birth to her son with Ethan, Ode Mountain DE Lorenzo Malone in late May 2016.
Jena Malone Actress
She began taking an interest in acting after watching her mother, who was involved in community theatre. She then moved to Las Vegas and began taking acting classes in 1995. Malone later persuaded her mother to move to Los Angeles in order to pursue a career in acting.
She has often stated that she and her mother struggled financially while living in Los Angeles. Jena was homeschooled from sixth to eighth grade and then attended the Professional Children’s School in New York City for ninth grade.
Jena quit school an year later when she became legally emancipated in January 2000.
At some point later, Malone obtained her General Educational Development (GED) certificate.
She progressed to professional acting with the film Bastard Out of Carolina (1996). Malone was nominated at the 1996 Independent Spirit Awards for Best Debut Performance and also 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.
Malone’s roles have grown to include several Hollywood features ever since. Jena was then nominated for a Golden Globe Award in 1997 in the category Best Actress in a Miniseries or Television Film, for her role in Hope.
Jena Malone Donnie Darko
After working on her various TV projects, and as a supporting actress in films such as Contact and Stepmom, Jena 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.
She co-produced the film American Girl (2002), a drama in which she also acted. In the film Saved! (2004), Malone got top billing in her first role as the primary star.
Jena Malone Pride And Prejudice
She then played the spoiled fifth Bennet daughter Lydia in the film Pride and Prejudice in 2005. Jena made her Broadway stage debut in a production of the Tony Award-winning play Doubt in 2006.
It was announced that Malone was releasing her first single in 2007 on The Social Registry, a New York City experimental music label. A number of tracks were then posted to her Myspace page.
Pitchfork Media has described her music as “pretty out-there – bedroom electronics, spaced-out keyboards, and also Malone’s spare vocals.” Her more recent musical work is performed as/with The Shoe.
Jena Malone Hunger Games | Jena Malone Hunger Games Mocking jay
She also played Johanna Mason in The Hunger Games film series and is also an indie pop musician in two bands, Jena Malone and Her Bloodstains and The Shoe.
She appeared in the horror film, The Ruins, which was released on April 4, 2008, and also co-starred Shawn Ashmore, Laura Ramsey, and Jonathan Tucker. Jena played Lavinia in an off-Broadway revival of Eugene O’Neill’s play Mourning Becomes Electra in 2009.
She played the role of Rocket in Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch in 2011, which flopped at the box office and also caused the actress to consider focusing on her photography and band, The Shoe.
It was after the huge success of her next role in The History Channel’s miniseries Hatfield’s and McCoy’s that her passion for acting returned. Jena also starred in a series on the YouTube channel Wigs entitled Dakota in 2012, portraying the title character.
She then played the role of Carson McCullers in the film Lonely Hunter, directed by Deborah Kampmeir. Jena played Johanna Mason in three out of four films in The Hunger Games franchise, Catching Fire, Mocking jay – Part 1, and Mocking jay – Part 2.
She exhibited 39 photographs that she took in Myanmar in the summer of that year in November 2014. The exhibition, which ran from November 21 to November 28, 2014, was called “The Holy Other.”
It took place at MAMA, an art gallery owned by her friend Adarsha Benjamin in Downtown Los Angeles. The proceeds were donated to Girl Determined which is a non-profit organization that benefits girls’ education in Myanmar.
Jena Malone Batman V Superman | Malone Batman Vs Superman
She was also cast as Jennet Klyburn in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice which is also directed by Zack Snyder.
Her scenes were then left out of the theatrical release but were included on the “Ultimate Edition” home video release. Jena was cast alongside Elle Fanning in Nicolas Winding Refn’s thriller film The Neon Demon in February 2015.
Jena 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 which was released on 21 July 2017.
Jena Malone Height
Laine stands at a height of 1.65 m.