Jena Malone (born
is an American actress.
Malone was born and raised in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, where she lived until she
was 10. She began taking an interest in acting after watching her mother,
who was involved in community theatre. She briefly moved to Las Vegas, hated
it, and persuaded her mother to move on to Los Angeles. Starting off with
music videos and commercials, she made the jump to feature films with the
1996 film Bastard Out of Carolina. She was to win the Independent Spirit
Award for Best Debut Performance and a Screen Actors Guild Award for
Outstanding Performance in a TV Movie or Miniseries for this role.
From there, her roles grew in stature, including several
Hollywood features. In 1997, she won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting
Actress in a TV Movie, for her role in Hope.
After several years of being home schooled, she briefly attended the
Professional Children's School in New York, but did not last long. In
January 2000, Malone won legal emancipation from her mother, barring her
from interfering with her career and earnings.
Malone was a co-producer for the 2002 film American Girl, a teen comedy
which she also acted in. She was due to feature in the film Vinyl, but had
to withdraw due to filming conflicts, and was replaced by Michelle
In 2004, Malone was Punk'd by Ashton Kutcher after going on a joy ride in
the wrong car with her Saved! co-star Patrick Fugit.
She is currently studying photography and living in Lake Tahoe.