“There is a point in every young person's life when you realize that the youth that you've progressed through and graduate to some sort of adulthood is equally as messed up as where you're going.”
“A lot of the powerful religious leaders, from Jesus to Buddha to Tibetan monks, they're really talking about the same things: love and acceptable, and the value of friendship, and respecting yourself so you can respect others.”
“For a child actor, it's a matter of listening, reacting, and being able to put yourself in a new place without being scared.”
Jena Malone (born November 21, 1984 in Sparks, Nevada) is an American actress and musician. She was raised by her mother and her mom’s girlfriend. She moved frequently, living in 27 different locations by the time she was 9. Her mother was involved in Community Theater and Jena shared an interest in acting. When she was 11, Jena moved to Las Vegas before persuading her mother to relocate to Los Angeles so she could pursue her acting career. In 1996, she made her professional debut in Bastard Out of Carolina, earning an Independent Spirit Award nomination and a Screen Actors Guild Award nod. In 1997, for her role in Hope, Jena was nominated for a Golden Globe. Her first lead role came in 2001 with Donnie Darko, playing opposite Jake Gyllenhaal. In 2006, she made her stage debut on the Broadway production of Doubt. She appeared in the horro movie The Ruins in 2008 and in Sucker Punch. The flop burned Jena out on acting, but she returned in the History Channel miniseries, Hatfields and McCoys. She joined The Hunger Games franchise by playing Johanna Mason. As a musician, Jena released her first single in 2007, a bedroom electronics/sparse vocal joint. She plays with her band, Shoe.
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Jena Malone is best known as an actress in Donnie Darko and the Hunger Games series.
Jena became legally emancipated from her mother in 2000. She also has an active photography career. In 2014, she held an exhibition of pictures taken in Myanmar at the MAMA gallery in Los Angeles. Proceeds were donated to a non-profit organization benefiting girls’ education in Myanmar.