Julia Stiles

Actress, Screenwriter
Having started acting at age 11, Julia Stiles eschewed any semblance of a normal childhood in pursuit of a stage and screen career. After appearing for several years in avant-garde theater productions in her native New ... Read more »
Born: 03/27/1981 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (48)

Hits 2015 (Movie)

(Actor)

Out of the Dark 2015 (Movie)

Sarah Harriman (Actor)

The Great Gilly Hopkins 2015 (Movie)

Courtney Rutherford Hopkins (Actor)

Passage 2014 (Movie)

Ella (Actor)

The First 2014 (Movie)

Frances Marion (Actor)

Between Us 2013 (Movie)

Grace (Actor)

Closed Circuit 2013 (Movie)

Joanna Reece (Actor)

Conan 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

It's a Disaster 2013 (Movie)

Tracy Scott (Actor)

The Makeover 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Silver Linings Playbook 2012 (Movie)

Veronica (Actor)

Stars In Shorts 2012 (Movie)

(Sexting) (Actor)

Dexter 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sexting 2010 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Cry of the Owl 2010 (Movie)

Jenny (Actor)

Gospel Hill 2009 (Movie)

Rosie (Actor)

The Bourne Ultimatum 2007 (Movie)

Nicky Parsons (Actor)

Edmond 2006 (Movie)

Glenna (Actor)

The Omen 2006 (Movie)

Katherine Thorn (Actor)

A Little Trip to Heaven 2005 (Movie)

Isold (Actor)

Ego Trip's Race-O-Rama 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Bourne Supremacy 2004 (Movie)

Nicky (Actor)

The Prince & Me 2004 (Movie)

Paige Morgan (Actor)

A Guy Thing 2003 (Movie)

Becky (Actor)

Carolina 2003 (Movie)

Carolina (Actor)

Mona Lisa Smile 2003 (Movie)

Joan Brandwyn (Actor)

The 2001 MTV Video Music Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bourne Identity 2002 (Movie)

Nicolette (Actor)

The Concert For New York City 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

O 2001 (Movie)

Desi Brable (Actor)

Save the Last Dance 2001 (Movie)

Sara (Actor)

The 2001 MTV Movie Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 73rd Annual Academy Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Business of Strangers 2001 (Movie)

Paula Murphy (Actor)

Down to You 2000 (Movie)

Imogen (Actor)

Hamlet 2000 (Movie)

Ophelia (Actor)

State and Main 2000 (Movie)

Carla Taylor (Actor)

10 Things I Hate About You 1999 (Movie)

Katarina Stratford (Actor)

Teen People's 21 Hottest Stars Under 21 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 60s 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Wicked 1998 (Movie)

Ellie Christianson (Actor)

Wide Awake 1998 (Movie)

Neena Beal (Actor)

I Love You, I Love You Not 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

Promised Land 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Devil's Own 1997 (Movie)

Bridget O'Meara (Actor)

Before Women Had Wings (TV Show)

Actor

The Bell Jar (Movie)

Esther Greenwood (Actor)
Producer (1)

The Bell Jar (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

Having started acting at age 11, Julia Stiles eschewed any semblance of a normal childhood in pursuit of a stage and screen career. After appearing for several years in avant-garde theater productions in her native New York City, Stiles made her first significant film appearance in the politically themed thriller, "The Devil's Own" (1997). But it was her starring turn in the dark and comic thriller about suburban dysfunction, "Wicked" (1998), that served as the young actress' breakthrough performance. From there, she reached mainstream success with the moderate hit, "10 Things I Hate About You" (1999), a contemporary take on William Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew." In between two more modern adaptations of the Bard's work, "Hamlet" (2000) and "O" (2001), Stiles had a shining supporting performance as a manipulative teenage girl in the laidback show business satire, "State and Main" (2000). She reached new plateaus with "Save the Last Dance" (2001), a rather surprising box office hit that helped expand her fan base exponentially. Though she appeared in all three movies of the "Bourne" franchise, her role as a CIA assistant failed to reach full fruition until the third film, "The Bourne Ultimatum" (2007). Because of her ability to move from light-hearted comedies to biting satires to action thrillers, Stiles made her mark as one of the most versatile young actresses working in the business.

Relationships

Ben Foster Actor

Companion
Reportedly dated 2001; Stiles claimed she never met Foster

Joseph Gordon-Levitt Actor

Companion
Met while filming "10 Things I Hate About You" (1999) No longer together

John O'Hara

Father

Judith Stiles

Mother

EDUCATION

Columbia University

New York , New York 2005

Professional Children's School

New York , New York 1999

Milestones

2012

Played supporting role in David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook"

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television ("Dexter")

2010

Joined fifth season of Showtime series "Dexter" as a young woman who forms a unique relationship with titular character

2009

Cast in David Mamet's Los Angeles revival of "Oleanna"

2007

Made writing and directing debut with the short film "Raving"; financed by Elle magazine and based on an article in the publication; premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival

2007

Reprised role as Nicolette Parsons for "The Bourne Ultimatum"

2006

Co-starred with Liev Schreiber in the remake of "The Omen"; took over the role originally played by Lee Remick

2005

Cast in John Turturro's big-screen musical "Romance & Cigarettes" with James Gandolfini, Susan Sarandon, and Kate Winslet

2004

Made London stage debut opposite Aaron Eckhart in a revival of David Mamet's "Oleanna"

2004

Once again co-starred as Treadstone operative Nicolette Parsons in "The Bourne Supremacy"

2004

Played a Wisconsin college student who is swept off her feet by a Danish prince in "The Prince and Me"

2003

Co-starred with Jason Lee and Selma Blair in the comedy "A Guy Thing"

2003

Starred with Julia Roberts, Kirsten Dunst, and Maggie Gyllenhaal in "Mona Lisa Smile"

2002

Played small but crucial role as Treadstone operative Nicolette Parsons in feature adaptation of Robert Ludlum's "The Bourne Identity"

2001

Portrayed Desi (the Desdemona character) in Tim Blake Nelson's "O"; film was a contemporary retelling of "Othello" set in a prep school

2001

Played an aspiring ballerina who becomes involved in an interracial romance in "Save the Last Dance"

2000

Cast as a willful teen who seduces a well-known actor in the comedy "State and Main"

2000

Featured as Ophelia in "Hamlet"; co-starred Ethan Hawke as the troubled title character

1999

Featured as a single mother in the NBC historical miniseries "The 60s"

1999

Co-starred with Heath Ledger in Gil Junger's "10 Things I Hate About You," a modernized retelling of "The Taming of the Shrew"

1998

Appeared in M. Night Shyamalan's family drama "Wide Awake"

1998

Breakthrough starring role, the comedy thriller "Wicked"; premiered at Sundance and then screened on the festival circuit

1998

Developed the screenplay "The Anarchist's Daughter" at the Screenwriter's Lab of the Sundance Institute

1997

Played Harrison Ford's teenage daughter in "The Devil's Own"

1997

First film, a non-speaking part in "I Love You, I Love You Not"

1997

Landed featured role in acclaimed ABC TV-movie "Before Women Had Wings"; aired under the "Oprah Winfrey Presents" banner

1992

Began working in avant-garde theater in New York at age 11

Bonus Trivia

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"I always loved how people like Jon Voight and Laurence Olivier shocked you every time they came on-screen. They were so different each time. That's what I hope to do with acting – be the chameleon and not get stuck in a type." – Stiles quoted in Vanity Fair magazine, August 1998

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"I tend to gravitate toward the more powerful roles. As opposed to the doe-eyed girl who bats her eyelashes and runs around in towels, you now what I mean? Because that kind of makes me want to vomit." – Stiles quoted in Movieline magazine, September 1998

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Stiles on her many Shakespeare roles: "I really like Shakespeare a lot. The characters that he writes for females, I think, are really great and a lot more compelling than what modern writers write, which is weird because they didn't have actresses then." – Stiles to the Daily News, April 12, 1999

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Stiles on the fear that taking a career break to attend Columbia University will stall her career, to the London Times (March 29, 2001): "I definitely worry about that. I think about it all the time because that's the way Hollywood thinks. It's all about momentum and keeping your name out there, and college certainly takes you away from that. But, if I look at it in the longer term, it's so worthwhile. Acting is a wonderful forum to express yourself, but there are things I want to study that you can't learn on a film set."

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"She's not your typical cheesecake pinup girl. She's beautiful and talented and has the mouth of a truck driver when necessary." – Selma Blair on Stiles to Us Weekly, Jan. 20, 2003

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"Being an actor is looked at like a prolonged game of dress-up. America puts movie stars on pedestals. In college, it's the flip side. I sometimes have to justify my job to my professors because they're focused on intellect and ideas." – Stiles to People magazine, April 6, 2004

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Stiles worked for Habitat for Humanity, building housing in Costa Rica, and has worked with Amnesty International to try to raise awareness of the harsh conditions of immigration detention of unaccompanied juveniles.

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In the January 2004 issue of Marie Claire magazine, Stiles was featured on a trip to see conditions at the Berks County Youth Center in Leesport, Pennsylvania.

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Stiles was an ex-vegan. She gave up veganism after she developed anemia and found it difficult to get proper nutrition while traveling.

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