Julia Stiles

American actress

Julia O'Hara Stiles (born March 28, 1981, in New York City) is an American stage and screen actress.

Julia Stiles in 2007


  • I always loved how people like Jon Voight and Laurence Olivier shocked you every time they came on-screen. They were so different each time. That's what I hope to do with acting — be the chameleon and not get stuck in a type.
    • Vanity Fair, August 1998.
  • I tend to gravitate toward the more powerful roles. As opposed to the doe-eyed girl who bats her eyelashes and runs around in towels, you now what I mean? Because that kind of makes me want to vomit."
    • Movieline, September 1998.
  • I really like Shakespeare a lot. The characters that he writes for females, I think, are really great and a lot more compelling than what modern writers write, which is weird because they didn't have actresses then.
    • Daily News, April 12, 1999.
  • Playing Paula in The Business of Strangers was extremely cathartic and wonderful for me because Patrick Stettner (the director) constantly encouraged me to be un-self aware. The character is very elusive and bold, but my experience of having people confuse bluntness with bitchiness has made me shy away from it, or it has made me too aware of the reactions I get from people. So Patrick undid all that by telling me to ignore what the response might be to Paula. It was almost like being a kid again, and it was a very empowering feeling.
    • MovieMaker, winter 2001.
  • I definitely worry about that. I think about it all the time because that's the way Hollywood thinks. It's all about momentum and keeping your name out there, and college certainly takes you away from that. But, if I look at it in the longer term, it's so worthwhile.
    • On the fear that taking a career break to attend Columbia University will stall her career,
    • London Times, March 29, 2001
  • The way Miramax handled it was B.S. There were a lot of crossing political agendas going on, and the reasons in the press weren't entirely true. It was like 'Are we seeing the same movie here?' I've always thought it's better to get people talking about the issue of school violence as opposed to trying to pretend it didn't happen.
    • On O
    • Details, September 2001
  • Being an actor is looked at like a prolonged game of dress-up. America puts movie stars on pedestals. In college, it's the flip side. I sometimes have to justify my job to my professors because they're focused on intellect and ideas.
    • People, April 6, 2004

About Julia Stiles

  • She's not your typical cheesecake pinup girl. She's beautiful and talented and has the mouth of a truck driver when necessary.
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