Julia Stiles Movies, Early Life, Education, Stage Career, Awards, Other Works and Personal Life

Published Date   30th Aug. 2017, 21:19 pm
Julia Stiles Movies, Early Life, Education, Stage Career, Awards, Other Works and Personal Life
Quick Info
Birth Name: Julia O'Hara Stiles
Nationality: American
Net Worth: $16 million

American actress, Julia Stiles movies earned her enormous fame and net worth after her performance in the movie Wicked and 10 Things I Hate About You.


Julia Stiles started acting when she was 11 years old. She made debut appearance in television series Ghostwriter (1993-1994). However, she is best known for her appearance in big screen. Some of the hit Julia Stiles movies are Wicked (1998) and 10 Things I Hate About You (1999). She won Best Actress Award and Best Breakthrough Performance for each movie respectively.

Early Life and Education

Julia Stiles was born Julia O’Hara on March 28, 1981 in New York City, New York in the Unites States. She was born as the eldest among three children to parents Judith Newcomb Stiles and John O’Hara. Her mother was a potter while her father was a businessman. She grew up with her younger brother, Johnny, and a sister, Jane.

Stiles holds American citizenship and belongs to white ethnicity. She also has English, Irish and Italian descent. Stiles had a knack for acting and performing from the very early days. When Stiles was 11 years old, she started performing with La MaMa Theatre Company located in New York.

She attended Columbia University from where she earned her B.A. degree in English literature.

Stage Career

Apart from big screen, Stiles has appeared as a stage performer. She has worked with Ridge Theater in Manhattan from 1993 to 1998. Similarly, she has performed on stage in The Vagina Monologues and Twelfth Night as Viola during mid-2002.

Moreover, Stiles made her debut at the Garrick Theatre playing Oleanna in 2004. Her other role is Jeannie in Fat Pig, which however did not show up.

Film Career Highlights

Stiles started her film career from the 1996 movie I Love You, I Love You Not. She had a small role in The Devil’s Own (1997) and Wide Awake (1998). She played a teenaged girl in the thriller movie Wicked (1998) which bagged her wide recognition.

The following year, she appeared as Kat Stratford in 10 Things I Hate About You. Julia Stiles movies which also earned her awards and fame are Down to You (2000), Hemlet (2000) and O (2001).

Her other commercial success is Save the Last Dance (2001) where she appeared as aspiring ballerina. The other Julia Stiles movies where she gave astounding performances are The Business of Strangers (2001), State and Main (2000), The Bourne Identity (2002) and The Bourne Supremacy (2004).  Among them, she received multiple award nomination for the 2000 movie State and Main.

The other hit Julia Stiles movies are Mona Lisa Smile (2003) where she played Joan, a student at Wellesley College and A Guy Thing (2003). In 2007, she appeared in her highest grossing film The Bourne Ultimatum.

In 2013, she appeared in a brief role as a reporter in British-American film Closed Circuit. She also appeared as Courtney in The Great Gilly Hopkins which premiered in late-2016. Further, she signed to reprise her role as Nicky Parsons in Jason Bourne in 2015.

Awards, Nominations and Acknowledgment

Julia Stiles movies and performances earned her several awards, nominations and acknowledgment. Critic Joe Balthai quoted Stiles as “the darling of the 1998 Sundance Film Festival” for her lead role in Wicked.

Similarly, she won MTV Movie Award as Breakthrough Female Performance for 10 Things I Hate About You. She received Teen Choice Award nomination for her movie Down to You. Among Julia Stiles movies, Save the Last Dance earned her MTV Award for Best Kiss and Best Female Performance.

Additionally, Rolling Stone put her on its cover of April 12, 2001 issue. The magazine gave her a title “the coolest co-ed” for performing all her dancing on her own in the movie Save the Last Dance.

Her roles in series Dexter also attracted awards and nominations. She received the Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film. On top of this, she has also received Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series.

Apart from the awards Julia Stiles movies and series gathered, she is also the recipient of annual honorary award. Her alma mater Columbia College Alumni Association awarded her with John Jay Award for her professional achievements.

Other Works

In addition to Julia Stiles movies earning her far and wide recognition, her other works like appearing in music videos added the extra fame. She has appeared in Cyndi Lauper’s “Sally’s Pigeon” in 1993. Later, she presented Saturday Night Live and 73rd Academy Awards in 2001.

Other than this, she is involved with writing and directing. She made her debut as a writer/director with Elle magazine’s Raving. It premiered at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival.

Besides, Stiles was the cast in series Dexter in 2010 and web series Blue in 2012. She appeared in a major role in Dexter while she appeared as a single mother in Blue.

Personal Life and Relationship

Stiles has worked for nonprofit organizations Habitat for Humanity and Amnesty International. She worked to build houses in Costa Rica with Habitat for Humanity. Similarly, she worked for Amnesty to raise awareness against immigration and detention.

She was formerly a vegan. However, she started eating red meat after she developed amnesia. Stiles describes herself as a feminist and is an avid fan of the New York Mets. The baseball lover is also fan of soccer club the New York Red Bulls.

In early-2016, Stiles announced her engagement to camera assistant Preston J. Cook. They met during their work on Blackway and are now expecting their first child.

Salary and Net Worth

One of the most prominent faces in the big screen, Julia Stiles has amassed a huge net worth through her promising performance. The actress has a net worth of $16 million according to the data available.

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