Birthday: Nov 21, Her film debut in the gritty memoir of childhood abuse, "Bastard out of Carolina" Showtime, immediately earned critical notice and led to a string of acclaimed cable television movies showcasing Malone's remarkably mature performances as resilient young girls. Following a few mainstream offerings including the chick flick "Stepmom" , Malone spent her teens amassing an impressive resume in independent films like the cult favorite "Donnie Darko" , the satirical "Saved! With "Pride and Prejudice" and the military drama "The Messenger" , Malone wisely explored her range and made a relatively seamless transition from her troubled onscreen childhood to versatile young adult roles before braking into the mainstream with hits like "Sucker Punch" and her role as Johanna Mason in "The Hunger Games" franchise. View All Photos Johanna Mason says: Now you're talkin'. Johanna Mason says: Ugh. My stylist is such an idiot. I'd love to put my axe in her face.
Her grandfather owned a casino, Karl's Silver Club, in Sparks. She was raised by her mother and her mother's partner. Beginning as a child actress, and then stepping up to roles as a young adult, Malone's career path has been compared to that of Jodie Foster , herself a former child actress and who has co-starred with Malone in two movies. Jena is often described as having a maturity beyond her years and, in her career thus far, she has often tackled roles that are difficult and are not standard fare for actors her age. Malone's first claim to fame was in performing the title role in Bastard Out of Carolina for which she won the Young Artist Award, and which she filmed when she was merely ten years old. This movie dealt with issues of child abuse, violence and sex. Jena has said in later interviews that this movie and her participation in it continue to influence her life substantially. Showing self-assurance and a clear vision of personal goals from an early age, Jena, at age 14, was encouraged to try out for Air Force One , a movie that was virtually guaranteed to be a success since box-office king Harrison Ford was cast in the lead, but Jena said she'd prefer to seek other roles that were of more interest to her.
She began her career as a child actor, and became known for her roles in both independent films and mainstream blockbuster features. A native of Sparks, Nevada , Malone spent her early life there and in Las Vegas , while her mother acted in local theater productions. Inspired to become an actress herself, Malone convinced her mother to relocate to Los Angeles.
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