Julia Stiles. biography
Julia O'Hara Stiles was born on March 28, 1981, in New York City, and initially tasted the acting spotlight performing with New York's La MaMa Theatre Company at the age of 11.
The aspiring actress made her acting debut in the TV family mystery series Ghostwriter (1993 - 1994) before landing a more substantial role in the romance drama I Love You, I Love You Not (1996) with Claire Danes and Jude Law.
Improving in each movie, Julie moved up to supporting roles in several films, including the thriller The Devil's Own (1997) with Brad Pitt and Harrison Ford, as well as the family comedy Wide Awake (1998). That same year, Julia acquired her first lead role as a psychopathic teenage girl in the thriller Wicked (1998).
Julia's big break came in 1999, when she played an outcast opposite Heath Ledger in the dramedy 10 Things I Hate About You, based on Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew. Staying with the Shakespeare theme, she co-starred alongside Ethan Hawke in Hamlet (2000), prior to returning to the young adult demographic in the romance drama Save the Last Dance (2001). The film was a box-office hit and earned Julie the 2001 Teen Choice Award for Choice Actress as well as a MTV Movie Award nomination for Best Female Performance, all of which propelled Julia to celebrity status. Later that year, she returned to her Shakespeare roots in the Othello-based film O alongside Josh Hartnett and Mekhi Phifer.
In the following years, Julia became a recognizable face as she starred in many blockbuster hits, including the action mystery The Bourne Identity (2002), the drama Mona Lisa Smile (2003) with Julia Roberts, The Bourne Supremacy (2004), the horror flick The Omen (2006) and The Bourne Ultimatum (2007). After starring in several short films, Julia joined the cast of Showtime's Dexter for its 2010 season, which resulted in her first Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series and a Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series.
In 2012, Julia further proved she was a versatile actress with memorable performances in the TV series Blue, the academy award-nominated dramedy Silver Linings Playbook with Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, and the drama Between Us opposite Taye Diggs.
Julia's most recent projects include the TV movie The Makeover (2013), the crime drama Closed Circuit (2013) with Eric Bana, the thriller Out of the Dark (2014), the drama Seconds of Pleasure (unknown) with Christina Hendricks, and the biopic The First (unknown).