Since her feature film debut in the Showtime movie Bastard out of Carolina (1996), Jena Malone has been no stranger to daring roles. In this controversial drama directed by Anjelica Huston, Malone’s character is subjected to sexual violence by her stepfather. Since her performance in that film, Malone has played a series of memorable characters that are just as complex.
In the heart wrenching drama Stepmom (1998), 13-year-old Malone holds her own in scenes with film veterans Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon and Ed Harris. Again, Malone showed maturity as a performer while playing a young girl who must cope with the impending death of her mother while learning to accept a new woman in her father’s life.
Malone also delivers standout performances in films like Donnie Darko (2001) and the 2005 film adaptation of Pride and Prejudice as the spoiled chatterbox Lydia Bennett. Her biggest role to date has been as the fierce and mysterious champion Johanna Mason in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013). Malone steals every scene she’s in and it’s difficult to imagine anyone else taking on the role of the outspoken competitor.
Malone has a role in the upcoming film from visionary director Paul Thomas Anderson (The Master, There Will Be Blood). She’ll be starring alongside some of the biggest names in Hollywood, including Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin and Reese Witherspoon. Malone is also rumored to have a major role in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Nothing has been confirmed, but Malone previously worked with Batman v. Superman director Zack Snyder in his 2011 film Sucker Punch.
Malone is a rising star whose popularity is bound to catch up to her immense talent. She’s strikingly beautiful and her emotionally intelligent performances are impossible to ignore. Jena Malone has captured our attention and we can’t wait to see where her career goes from here.