Born in Sparks, Nevada on November 21, 1984, Jena Malone started acting when she was just nine years old, starring in a USC student film project called "Sunday's Child". After that she appeared in a Michael Jackson's music video and in an episode of the TV show "Chicago Hope" in 1996. In the same year, she got her breakout role in "Bastard Out of Carolina" as Ruth Anne 'Bone' Boatwright, a physically and sexually abused young girl, which won her an Independent Spirit Award for Best Debut Performance.
In the next years, Malone shared screen with some notable film stars in movies like, "Contact", "Stepmom", and "For the Love of the Game". By early 2000, she had portraying roles in the commercially success films "Donnie Darko" and "The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys" that marked her transition from child star into a more mature actress. After that, she had small but key roles in "Cold Mountain" (2003), "Pride & Prejudice" (2005), "Into the Wild" (2007), "The Soloist" (2009), and "Sucker Punch" (2011).
In 2013, Malone experienced international fame after portraying sarcastic and rebellious Johanna Mason in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire". Following the film's box office success and critical acclaim, she was billed to reprise her role in its follow ups "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1" (2014) and "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2" (2015). Her popularity then brought her to star in the 2016 "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice".
In addition to film features, Malone also has guest starred on various TV series, including "Chicago Hope", "Homicide: Life on the Street", "Touched by an Angel", and "Law & Order". She, furthermore, also lent her voice to "Robot Chicken". Greater than that, she also gave hand at music and already released projects both under her own name and as The Shoe.