MONA LISA SMILE
plays Joan Brandwyn, a student who is intrigued by Katherine Watson's
Stiles has exhibited a
rare sophistication in the characters she has played in film, television and on
stage. Recently she portrayed Viola in the New York Shakespeare Festival's
production of "Twelfth Night" in Central Park alongside Kristen
Johnston, Christopher Lloyd and Jimmy Smits.
Stiles earned critical
praise starring in Patrick Stettner's independent feature, The Business of
Strangers opposite Stockard Channing. The film premiered at the 2001
Sundance Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival. She also starred
in three Shakespeare-inspired projects Tim Blake Nelson's O, a
contemporary adaptation of "Othello," Michael Almereyda's Hamlet
opposite Ethan Hawke and the acclaimed comedy hit Ten Things I Hate About You,
for which she earned an MTV Movie Award for Best Female Breakthrough Performance
in June 2000 and the Chicago Film Critics Award for Most Promising Actress. Ten
Things is loosely based on "The Taming of the Shrew."
Additional film credits
include the hit romance Save the Last Dance, for which she received two
MTV Movie Awards, including Best Actress. Stiles is currently developing an
adaptation of Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar in which she will star and
serve as producer.
Stiles also appeared in
David Mamet's State & Main with William H. Macy, Alec Baldwin, Philip
Seymour Hoffman and Sarah Jessica Parker. The film won a 2000 National Board of
Review Award for Best Ensemble Cast. She also made a lasting impression with her
riveting performance in Michael Steinberg's critically acclaimed drama Wicked,
which premiered at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival and the Prague Film Festival,
where Stiles won the Best Actress Award. Other films include A Guy Thing
opposite Jason Lee and Selma Blair, Alan J. Pakula's The Devil's Own with
Harrison Ford and Brad Pitt, I Love You, I Love You Not with Claire Danes
and M. Night Shyamalan's Wide Awake with Rosie O'Donnell.
As a writer, Stiles'
screenplay, "The Anarchist's Daughter," was chosen as one of 12
scripts to be included in the Sundance Institute's Writers' Lab.
On television, Stiles
starred in the ambitious NBC mini-series "The Sixties" with Jerry
O'Connell and Josh Charles. She also starred opposite Ellen Barkin and Oprah
Winfrey in the ABC/Harpo Films special presentation "Before Women Had
Wings." Additionally, she received critical praise for her performance as a
young unwed mother, opposite Isabella Rossellini, in an episode of the CBS drama
Stiles began her career
on the New York stage, appearing in a number of plays at the La Mama Theater and
the Kitchen Theater including the Obie Award-winning "Everyday Newt Burman,
Matthew: School of Life." Stiles also starred in Mac Welmann's "The
Sandalwood Box." Most recently, Stiles shared the stage with Gloria Reuben
and Mary Testa in Eve Ensler's "The Vagina Monologues" in New York.
Recently, she starred
in the hit adventure The Bourne Identity with Matt Damon. Upcoming for
Stiles is an as-yet-untitled romance
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