After Beginning Julia Stiles’s Career In Small Parts In A New York City

Julia Stiles
Julia Stiles
Julia Stiles
Julia Stiles
Julia Stiles
Julia Stiles
Julia Stiles
Julia Stiles
Julia Stiles
Julia Stiles
Julia Stiles
Julia Stiles


After beginning her career in small parts in a New York City theatre troupe, she has moved on to leading roles in plays by writers as diverse as William Shakespeare and David Mamet. Her father is of Irish descent and her mother is of half Italian and half English ancestry. Critic Joe Balthai wrote she was “the darling of the 1998 Sundance Film Festival” and Internet movie writer Harry Knowles said she was the “discovery of the fest”, but the film was not commercially released in the U.S. and went direct-to-video. The first was as Ophelia in Michael Almereyda’s Hamlet (2000), with Ethan Hawke in the lead. The second was in the Desdemona role, opposite Mekhi Phifer, in Tim Blake Nelson’s O (2001), a version of Othello set in a private boarding school. Neither film was a great success; O was subject to many delays and a change of distributors, and Hamlet was an art house film shot on a minimal budget. in David Mamet’s State and Main (2000), about a film shooting on location in a small town in Vermont, she played a teenage girl who seduces a film actor (Alec Baldwin) with a weakness for young girls.


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