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Happy Birthday Jena Malone!

Today (November 21st), marks the 27th birthday of  Jena Malone (aka P&P 05's own Lydia Bennet). Jena was born in in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, USA.

Jena Malone is an American actress and musician. Her film work has been mainly in independent films, and she has acted in theater. She made her cinema debut with the movie Bastard Out of Carolina, and has appeared in films including Contact, Stepmom, Donnie Darko, Saved!, Pride & Prejudice, and Into the Wild. Read more of Jena's full bio here. (via Jena Malone Network)

Happy Birthday Jena Malone!!!

On set with Jena Malone (as Lydia Bennet), the only American actress in the mostly British female cast of the 2005 version of Pride & Prejudice film.

Jena Malone P&P/Lydia Bennet stills

  Jena Malone as Lydia Bennet 

Lydia's focus is purely ribbons and soldiers. She's fifteen years old and she's very silly and she's very romantic and she's in love of the idea of being in love... (about Lydia Bennet from P&P companion book)


"Oh, Mama! You must all go to Brighton, for that is the place to get husbands. I hope you have half my good luck." (Lydia Bennet)

"Her options are so different than our options today. For her the only way to secure her life is to get married; otherwise you live with your family or leave home and are a governess in someone else's family, which gives you a lower social status, and no hope of marrying anyone of your own particular class. Many women were much more pragmatic about reasons for marrying, and the idea for marrying for love was regarded as frivolous. But Lydia was in love with love, so she is over-joyed to elope with handsome young Wickham. She fails to see any disastrous consequences, and returns triumphantly to her family home, the only married daughter, thrilled to be able to lord it over the others." (Jena Malone)

"She [Jena Malone] was wonderful. I tell you what, I think Lydia is an incredibly difficult part to play, I think it is one of the hardest parts and we met a huge amount of actresses for that role and finally we were in LA doing some casting out there and she had driven seven hours from Lake Tahoe to come and meet us by herself and she turned up this funny little thing. I thought, 'Oh God, you’re so obviously not going to be Lydia,' and then she started reading her and it was extraordinary. She kind of reminded me a little bit of Nicole Kidman in 'To Die For' and I thought that was interesting." (Joe Wright)

Jena Malone with P&P co-stars
at the P&P London Premiere (September 2005)

 Jena Malone with director Joe Wright,
P&P co-stars Matthew Macfadyen and Rosamund Pike
at the P&P Dublin (Ireland) Premiere

Here are Jena's Current/Upcoming Film Projects for 2012-2013 (taken via IMDB):
1.  Lonely Hunter (pre-production) Carson McCullers (2013)
2.  Hatfields & McCoys (TV series) (pre-production) (2012)
Nancy McCoy
Episode #1.3 (2012) … Nancy McCoy 
4.  Jack and Diane (post-production) Susan (2012)
5. For Ellen (post-production) Susan (2012)
6.  In Our Nature (post-production) (2012)
7.  The Wait (post-production) Angela (2011)
8.  Robot Chicken (TV series) Justin Bieber / Singer
Beastmaster and Commander (2011) … Justin Bieber (voice) / Singer (voice) 
9.  Sucker Punch Rocket  (March 25, 2011) - Available on DVD Now!



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