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Jena Malone Biography – Childhood, Family, Career & Net Worth

Jena Malone Biography

Jena Malone is a popular American actress known for her performances in both mainstream blockbuster films as well as independent projects. Having started her career as a young girl, Jena has made a name for herself in the movie business. Malone has starred in projects such as Donnie Darko, Stepmom, Life as a House, Pride & Prejudice, Sucker Punch, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and The Neon Demon.

Well, besides her success as an actress, fans are also very interested in Jena’s personal life and experiences. So, today we will take a look at Malone’s childhood, net worth, family life, and relationships.

Where Did Jena Malone Grow Up?

The Life as a House star was born as Jena Laine Malone in Sparks, Nevada on 21 November 1984. She was raised by her mother, Deborah Malone, and her girlfriend at the time. On the other hand, Jena Malone’s father, Edward Berge was not in the picture. According to the actress, she was conceived after a one-night stand and since her dad was married to another woman, he did not have any relationship with her. However, the father-daughter duo reportedly reconciled in adulthood.

Jena has stated that she grew up impoverished, with her family relocating frequently or even facing homelessness. She even stated that by the age of nine, she had already lived in twenty-seven locations. But despite the difficulties, Malone has stated that these experiences helped her prepare for the strange lifestyle as an actress.

Furthermore, Jena Malone’s mother was a performer, and watching her acting was what made young Jena interested in the field. Deborah used to perform at a community theater in the Lake Tahoe area. And after moving to Las Vegas in 1995, Malone began taking acting classes there. She then convinced her mom to move to Los Angeles so that she could start her acting career. Jena also has a younger half-sibling named Madison Mae Malone, from her mother’s side.

Moreover, owing to the frequent change in her location, Jena was homeschooled for quite some time. But for her ninth grade, she was reportedly enrolled at the Professional Children’s School in New York City. She then dropped out of high school and later received a General Educational Development certificate in 2001.

When Did Jena Malone Make Her Acting Debut?

As stated above, Jena Malone moved to Los Angeles after convincing her mother to do so in 1995. While the mother-daughter duo struggled financially at first, Jena’s acting debut came in 1996 with a brief role in the show, Chicago Hope. Her big screen debut also came in 1996 when she played Bone in the film Bastard Out of Carolina. That year she also appeared in the TV movie Hidden in America.

The following year, Jena worked on projects such as Hope, Contact, and Ellen Foster. She received critical acclaim for her performances in all of them. From 1998 to 2000, Malone appeared in Stepmom, The Book of Stars, Touched by an Angel, For Love of the Game, and Cheaters.

While her career was flourishing, Jenna Malone had to file for legal emancipation from her mom. It was alleged that Deborah had mismanaged Malone’s earnings and used $280K from her trust account. As a result, in January 2000, Jenna was granted legal emancipation. Following this, the talented actress booked her first leading role in the psychological sci-fi movie, Donnie Darko. Even though the movie was not successful at the time of its release, with time it has become a cult film.

Jena Malone then played significant parts in projects including Life as a House, The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys, American Girl, Hitler: The Rise of Evil, Cold Mountain, The Ballad of Jack and Rose, Lying, Four Last Songs, The Go-Getter, The Ruins, The Messenger, Law & Order, and The Soloist. Between 2010 and 2015 Malone worked on numerous movies and tv shows and some of which are listed below:

  • Sucker Punch
  • In Our Nature
  • For Ellen
  • Hatfields & McCoys
  • Dakota
  • The Wait
  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  • 10 Cent Pistol
  • Time Out of Mind
  • Inherent Vice
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
  • Angelica
  • The Rusted
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2

Jena has continued her acting career with appearances in movies such as Lovesong, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, The Neon Demon, Nocturnal Animals, Bottom of the World, Antebellum, Stardust, and many others. Moreover, she has also starred in a few television series including Too Old to Die Young, Goliath, and many more.

Well, seeing as the Nevada native has over 80 acting credits to her name, Jena Malone’s net worth sitting at $4 million seems plausible. And with even more projects on the horizon, it won’t be a surprise if we see her earnings increasing in the coming days.

Who Is Jena Malone Dating Now?

Talking about her personal life, Jena Malone was previously in a relationship with photographer Ethan DeLorenzo. The duo were together for some time and also welcomed a son, Ode Mountain DeLorenzo Malone, in May 2016. Three months after the birth of little Ode, Malone and DeLorenzo announced their engagement.

However, Ethan and Jena’s relationship did not last long and the duo split in 2019. The same year musician Alex Ebert was introduced as Jena Malone’s partner. The pair even worked together on Alex’s music video Her Love.

Jena Malone came out as pansexual in August 2022 through her Instagram. She has not shared much about her love life besides this. But there is no doubt that Malone is enjoying her life to the fullest. We wish the actress all the best.