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Julia Stiles

Julia StilesAKA Julia O'Hara Stiles

Born: 28-Mar-1981
Birthplace: New York City

Gender: Female
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: 10 Things I Hate About You

Julia Stiles studied dance and theater as a child, and began appearing on stage in various productions of New York's Ridge Theater when she was 11. At 12 she appeared in a few episodes of PBS's Ghostwriter. She was a frequent writer for ZuZu, a children's magazine, and at 16 she co-wrote a play, The Anarchist's Daughter, which was chosen as one of 12 scripts to be included in the Sundance Institute's 1997 Writers Lab. At 17, after a few small film roles, she auditioned for the bizarre thriller Wicked, then wrote an impassioned letter to the director explaining why she was perfect for the lead, and received the part. She was featured prominently in NBC's 1999 mini-series The '60s with Jerry O'Connell. Her red-white-and-blue peace-sign painted face was basically the show's logo, filling the screen in thousands of commercials and posters.

Stiles has starred in three youth-oriented Shakespeare films, 10 Things I Hate About You (from The Taming of the Shrew), O (from Othello), and Hamlet among the skyscrapers with Ethan Hawke. She has also played a pretty young spy in The Bourne Identity and The Bourne Supremacy with Matt Damon, appeared in the ensemble chick flick Mona Lisa Smile with Julia Roberts, and played the mother of the Anti-Christ in The Omen with Liev Schreiber.

Stiles is as political as anyone in Hollywood. She is active with MoveOn, has built houses with Habitat for Humanity, and has toured Pennsylvania juvenile detention facilities on behalf of Amnesty International. She is no longer a vegan, because she became anemic when travel and filming made it difficult to obtain proper nutrition without meat and milk. She now says she is a vegetarian.

Her mother is a potter, her father teaches grade school in Harlem, and both are unapologetic '60s-era radicals. They run a ceramics store on New York's Bleeker Street.

Father: John O'Hara (schoolteacher)
Mother: Judith Stiles (potter)
Brother: Johnny Stiles (b. 1984)
Sister: Jane Stiles (b. 1990)
Boyfriend: Joseph Gordon-Levitt (actor, dated 1999)
Boyfriend: Joshua Jackson (actor, dated 2000)
Boyfriend: John Mays (musician, dated 2003)
Boyfriend: Jonathan Kramer (artist, dated 2006-08)

    High School: The Professional Children's School, New York, NY (1999)
    University: BA English Literature, Columbia University (2005)

    Dexter Lumen Ann Pierce (2010)

    Jason Bourne (3-Jul-2016)
    Misconduct (5-Feb-2016)
    Closed Circuit (28-Aug-2013)
    Between Us (13-Sep-2012)
    Silver Linings Playbook (8-Sep-2012)
    Girl Most Likely (7-Sep-2012)
    It's a Disaster (20-Jun-2012)
    Cry of the Owl (7-Feb-2009) · Jenny Thierolf
    The Bourne Ultimatum (25-Jul-2007)
    The Omen (6-Jun-2006) · Katherine Thorn
    A Little Trip to Heaven (12-Sep-2005)
    Edmond (2-Sep-2005) · Glenna
    The Bourne Supremacy (15-Jul-2004) · Nicky
    The Prince & Me (28-Mar-2004) · Paige Morgan
    Mona Lisa Smile (19-Dec-2003) · Joan Brandwyn
    Carolina (5-Jun-2003) · Carolina
    A Guy Thing (17-Jan-2003)
    The Bourne Identity (6-Jun-2002) · Nicolette
    O (26-May-2001) · Desi Brable
    The Business of Strangers (19-Jan-2001) · Paula Murphy
    Save the Last Dance (9-Jan-2001)
    State and Main (26-Aug-2000) · Carla
    Hamlet (24-Jan-2000) · Ophelia
    Down to You (21-Jan-2000)
    10 Things I Hate About You (31-Mar-1999) · Kat Stratford
    The '60s (7-Feb-1999)
    Wide Awake (20-Mar-1998) · Neena Beal
    Wicked (17-Jan-1998)
    Before Women Had Wings (26-Oct-1997) · Phoebe Jackson
    The Devil's Own (13-Mar-1997) · Bridget O'Meara
    I Love You, I Love You Not (28-Aug-1996) · Young Nana's Friend

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