Jena Malone was born on the 21st November 1984, in Sparks, Nevada USA, and is an actress perhaps best known to the world as Mary in the film “Saved!” (2004), as Kelly in “The Messenger” (2009), and as Rocket in “Sucker Punch” (2011), among other roles. She has been an active member of the entertainment industry since the late 1990s.
Have you ever wondered how rich Jena Malone is, as of late-2016? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Jena Malone`s net worth is as high as $4 million, earned through her successful career in the entertainment industry as an actress.
Jena Malone Net Worth $4 Million
Jena`s childhood was quite complicated; she is the daughter of Deborah Malone and Edward Berge, however, Jena was raised by her mother and her mother’s girlfriend at the time. She and her mother moved a lot, as she would often lose jobs and they were poor, living in cars, hotels and sometimes homeless. Anyway, Jena managed to overcome those problems and grew into a successful actress. At some point, her education was at stake, but she obtained her GED.
She made her screen debut in 1996, with a brief role in TV series “Chicago Hope”, and the same year she featured in the film “Bastard Out of Carolina”, for which she received positive critiques, launching her further into the acting world. By the end of the 1990s, Jena had notable roles in the films “Hidden In America” (1996), “Contact” (1997) with Jodie Foster, “Ellen Foster” (1997), “Hope” (1997), and “The Book Of Stars” (1999), which all increased her net worth.
With the new millennium, her name became more known, and she was cast in leading parts in such films as “Cheaters” (2000) starring Jeff Daniels and Paul Sorvino, “Donnie Darko” (2001) with Jake Gyllenhaal and Mary McDonnell, “The Ballad Of Lucy Whipple” (2001), then “The Dangerous Lives Of Altar Boys” (2002), “American Girl” (2002), “Corn” (2004), and “Pride And Prejudice” (2005) with Kiera Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen, all of which certainly increased her net worth by a large margin.
She started the second half of the 2000s with the lead role in “Container” (2006), and “Lying” the same year, moving on to “The Ruins” (2008), and in 2009 she featured in the film “The Messenger” with Ben Foster and Woody Harrelson.
She became even busier in the present decade, which she began with an appearance in the film “5 Star Day”, and then had the role in “Sucker Punch” (2011), starring Emily Browning and Vanessa Hudgens. In 2012 she appeared in the film “In Our Nature”, and the following year she starred in the film “The Wait”. The same year she got the role of Johanna Mason in the blockbuster film “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”, and repeated her role in sequels “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” (2014), and “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” (2015), starring Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth. In 2014 Jena had several successful projects, including “Inherent Vice” staring Josh Brolin and Owen Wilson, “Time Out Of Mind” with Richard Gere and Ben Vereen, and in 2015 the title role in the film “Angelica”. Most recently, Jena has featured in films “Lovesong” (2016), “The Neon Demon” (2016) with Elle Fanning and Keanu Reeves as leads, and “Nocturnal Animals” (2016), starring Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal, which has also increased her net worth.
Thanks to her skills, Jena has received several prestigious nominations and awards, including a Golden Globe nomination in the category Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television for her work on “Hope” (1997), and she also received a Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor/Actress in the film “Contact” (1997). Furthermore, she has three Young Artist Awards in her collection, for films “Stepmom” (1998), “Ellen Foster” (1997), and ‘Bastard Out Of Carolina” (1996).
Regarding her personal life, Jena has been engaged to photographer Ethan DeLorenzo since August 2016; the couple already has one child.
At the age of 12, she was the youngest person ever to be nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for her performance in Bastard Out of Carolina (1996) until 2001 when 7 year old Dakota Fanning was nominated for I Am Sam (2001).
Usually portrays teenage girls with problems or from dysfunctional families
I have this camera so I just taped myself doing this little piece of voice-over and I sent [director Sean Penn] a DVD. Four days later, he called me back and said he usually never hires anyone without meeting them, but could I do it? Literally, I would wash the floor for him. I just respect every part of what he's done with his career. (On landing her role in Into the Wild (2007)).
What's the point of doing anything without music?
[In reference to growing up without a father figure but rather with two mothers] I grew up with two moms. They were lovers until I was nine. Then they split up. I was the product of a one-night stand. But I met my father once when I was four. He lives somewhere in Reno. The thing is, I had two loving parents. Love in any shape or form is a beautiful thing. I didn't grow up missing my father.
[When told by an interviewer that she has a good head on her shoulders for someone who's grown up in the scary world of Hollywood:] But the scary world is all around us. Whether the walls are Hollywood or the walls are New York or the walls are Afghanistan. It's just a scary world, you have to know what you want from it, what your intentions are, and know that those things continually change.
I get to play a lot of teenage girls with supposed problems. But I don't see them as problems - just part of the process of growing up.
I started acting as a child because I loved stories and wanted to be part of them. I thought it would be something I could do for a few years, but it shows no sign of going away.