Julia Stiles

Julia Stiles

Her starring role in teen comedy '10 Things I Hate About You'
10 Things I Hate About YouBackground:Once a model for Calvin Klein, actress Julia Stiles received recognition for herportrayal of teenager Ellie Christianson in Michael Steinberg's thriller Wicked(1998). She was handed the KVI Film Festival award for Best Actress in 1998. Thefollowing year, she was widely recognized after starring as spirited andsardonic Katarina (Kat), opposite Joseph Gordon-Levitt, in the hit 10 Things IHate About You (1999), a modernized retelling of The Taming of the Shrew. Stilestook home MTV Movie and CFCA awards for her role. Additionally, she received anomination at the Young Star Awards.Stiles again attracted the attention of the public and film critics when shestarred in Save the Last Dance (2001), portraying aspiring ballerina SaraJohnson who becomes involved in an interracial romance with Sean PatrickThomas's character. Due to her outstanding performance, she again won a MTVMovie award and was honored with the Teen Choice Film - Choice Fight Scene Award(shared with Bianca Lawson).5'7" inch tall Stiles was voted one of People Magazine's 50 Most BeautifulPeople and was once named one of Teen People Magazine's 21 Hottest Stars Under21. She was reportedly suing her ex-production partner for allegedly conspiringto rob her of a role in a film adaptation of Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar (2005),but she insistently denied the rumor. As for her romantic life, the big fan ofactor Kevin Kline and actress Cate Blanchett, Stiles dated 10 Things I HateAbout You costar Joseph Gordon Levitt in 1999. She was next romantically linkedto actor Joshua Jackson (dated 2000) before dating rocker John Mays (dated2003).Stiles has been enjoyed as she played roles in such movies as the teen film Downto You (2000, opposite Freddie Prince Jr.), Hamlet (2000, along side KyleMacLachlan, Ethan Hawke and Sam Shepard), State And Main (2000, starring AlecBaldwin, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sarah Jessica Parker and William H. Macy), TheBusiness of Strangers (2001, with Stockard Channing), O (2001, opposite MekhiPfifer and Josh Hartnett), A Guy Thing (2003, with Jason Lee), Mona Lisa Smile(2003, along side Julia Roberts, Kirsten Dunst and Maggie Gyllenhaal) and ThePrince & Me (2004).Honeymooner ProtégéChildhood and Family:A mix of Italian, Irish and English ancestry, Julia O'Hara Stiles was born onMarch 28, 1981, in New York, NY. She is the daughter of John O'Hara (schoolteacher) and Judith Stiles (managed a ceramics store in Greenwich Village).Together with her younger siblings, brother Johnny Stiles (born 1984) and sisterJane Stiles (born 1990), Julia spent a fantastic childhood under the guidance ofsupportive parents.Young Julia was an artistic kid who discovered her passion for acting, dancingand writing early. As a child, she liked imitating roles, especially thecharacters on The Honeymooners while she watched TV. Such behavior encouragedher parents to send nine-year-old Julia to summer classes at the YMCA. She nextwrote a letter to the director of La Mama Theater asking for an audition.When she was eleven, Julia's dream came true. She appeared on stage in variousproductions of New York's Ridge Theater as well as the Kitchen Theater, whereshe played roles in Matthew: School Of Life and The Sandalwood Box. By the timeshe was twelve, Julia had an agent and appeared in several commercials for suchcampaigns as Apple Jacks and Tide. She then made her acting debut in Ghostwriter(1993,TV). During this busy time, Julia also wrote for a Children's magazinesnamed ZuZu.Julia, who shares the same birthday with Reba McEntire and Vince Vaughn, went toNew York's Professional Children's School before attending Columbia University.Save the Last DanceCareer:Acting with the New York's Ridge Theater at age eleven, Julia Stiles was nextseen in the La Mama Theater after writing a letter to the director. She was thenseen with the Kitchen Theater at the Matthew: School of Life and The SandalwoodBox. Following working in commercials for Apple Jacks and Tide, Stileseventually got her first taste in front of camera for a series when she played aguest role in Ghostwriter (1993).Moving to big screen movies, Stiles made her feature-acting debut as youngNana's Friend in I Love You, I Love You Not (1996, starring Jude Law and ClaireDanes) and played Harrison Ford's teenage daughter Bridget O'Meara in TheDevil's Own (1997, also starring Brad Pitt).After appearing in the acclaimed ABC movie Oprah Winfrey Presents: Before WomenHad Wings (1997), Stiles' break out role arrived when she won the role of EllieChristianson in Michael Steinberg's thriller Wicked (1998). In the film, sheportrayed a bothered youngster who becomes an overbearing seductress followingher mother's early death. Because of her good performance, Stiles won the BestActress Award at the KVI Film Festival.Stiles teamed up with Dennis Leary and Rosie O'Donnell in 1998's Wide Awakebefore portraying single mother Neena Beal in the ABC historical miniseries The'60s (1999) along side Jerry O'Connell. The successful television drama helpedlaunch her career.In the year 1999, Stiles experienced a huge breakthrough with the release of 10Things I Hate About You, a modernized retelling of The Taming of the Shrew. Shestarred as spirited and sardonic Katarina (Kat) opposite Joseph Gordon-Levitt.As soon as the film became a hit, Stiles collected legions of fans. She alsocaptured the attention of movie critics and was honored with the MTV Movie Awardfor Best Breakthrough Female Performance and the Best Promising Actress Award atthe CFCA Awards. Stiles also received a nomination for Best Performance by aYoung Actress in a Comedy Film at the Young Star Awards. Subsequently, Stileswas in demand and a contract with Calvin Klein jeans arrived. Her face alsograced the cover of such popular magazines as Vanity Fair.In the new millennium, Stiles played Imogen, a New York student who falls forFreddie Prince Jr's character in the teen film Down to You (2000). She joined astar-studded cast of Kyle MacLachlan, Ethan Hawke and Sam Shepard for Hamlet(2000), a film based on the Shakespeare's play. Due to her brilliant turn as thedoomed Ophelia, Stiles received rave reviews from critics. In David Mamet'sState And Main (2000), Stiles was cast as a stubborn teen waitress named Carlawho seduces a famous actor (played by Alec Baldwin). The film also starredPhilip Seymour Hoffman, Sarah Jessica Parker and William H. Macy.Stiles' next breakthrough arrived when she landed the starring role of aspiringballerina Sara Johnson, who becomes involved in an interracial romance with SeanPatrick Thomas's character, in Save the Last Dance (2001). The film became a hitand Stiles won her second MTV Movie award as well as a Teen Choice Film - ChoiceFight Scene Award (shared with Bianca Lawson).Stiles received her first mature role when she was cast as Stockard Channing'scrafty assistant Paula Murphy in The Business of Strangers (2001). In 2001's O,she portrayed the popular Desi opposite Mekhi Pfifer and Josh Hartnett.After having a small role in The Bourne Identity (2002, opposite Matt Damon),Stiles costarred in the rough comedy A Guy Thing (2003, with Jason Lee). Shenext had a title character in Carolina (2003) along side Shirley Maclaine andRandy Quaid. In the film, Stiles played the daughter of an eccentric family whoflies to Hollywood in seek success. She then teamed up with Julia Roberts,Kirsten Dunst and Maggie Gyllenhaal in Mona Lisa Smile (2003, portrayed JoanBrandwyn).In 2004, Stiles was cast as Paige Morgan in the fairy tale love-story The Prince& Me (2004), a film about a pre-med student who falls in love with a Prince.She was then seen again as Nicky in the sequel The Bourne Supremacy (2004).Furthering her stage career, Stiles performed in New York's Central Park byportraying Viola in 2002's Twelfth Night after taking part in The VaginaMonologues in 2000. She also continued to play a starring role opposite AaronEckhart in David Mamet's hard-hitting Oleanna at the Garrick Theatre in Londonin 2004.Stiles will soon be costarring with William H. Macy in Edmund (2005) beforeplaying Isold in A Little Trip to Heaven (2005). After joining director MikeFiggis in Going Down (2005), she will portray Jean Armour in the forthcomingBurns (2006).Awards: Teen Choice: Film - Choice Fight Scene, Save the Last Dance (shared with Bianca Lawson), 2001 MTV Movie: Save the Last Dance, 2001 Florida Film Critics Circle: 2000 Online Film Critics Society: 2000 Young Star Award: Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Comedy Film, 10 Things I Hate About You, 1999 MTV Movie: Best Breakthrough Female Performance, 10 Things I Hate About You, 1999 CFCA Award: Best Promising Actress, 10 Things I Hate About You, 1999 KVI Film Festival: Best Actress, Wicked, 1998
What I look for in a guy is passion and ambition and there's nothing sexier than intellect, so hopefully that would be reciprocated.More Julia Stiles quotes [03/01/2007 12:03:00]
I think that ultimately I just have to be myself. You know, I don't do anything that outlandish anyway.More Julia Stiles quotes [03/01/2007 12:03:00]
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.More Julia Stiles quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
In my worst moments, I try to think about loving instead of hating. Creation versus destruction, know what I'm sayin'?More Julia Stiles quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I like analyzing human behavior. It's complex. That's what keeps me going.More Julia Stiles quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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