Julia Stiles (Becky) was called "one of the most fearless and talented young actresses in Hollywood" by the Los Angeles Times. She will soon appear in Carolina opposite Alessandro Nivola and Shirley Maclaine. This past summer she starred as Viola in the New York Shakespeare Festival's Twelfth Night in Central Park.
Stiles earned critical praise starring in Patrick Stettner's The Business of Strangers opposite Stockard Channing. The film premiered at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival. Stiles' Shakespeare-inspired film credits include O, a contemporary adaptation of Othello; Hamlet, opposite Ethan Hawke; and the acclaimed comedy hit Ten Things I Hate About You. Stiles earned an MTV Movie Award for Best Female Breakthrough Performance and the Chicago Film Critics Award for Most Promising Actress for her role in Ten Things.
Additional film credits include the megahit Save The Last Dance, for which Stiles was nominated for two MTV Movie Awards. Through a deal with MTV, she is developing Your Life is Now for MTV Films and Marc Platt Productions, planning to star in and produce the film. In addition, Stiles has optioned Mrs. Windemare's Fan, based on the similarly titled Oscar Wilde play.
Stiles' appeared in David Mamet's State & Main; the film won a 2000 National Board of Review Award for Best Ensemble Cast. Other film credits include the critically acclaimed Wicked; Down To You opposite Freddie Prinze, Jr.; 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 twelve scripts to be included in the Sundance Institute's Writers' Lab. On television, Stiles starred in the NBC miniseries The Sixties. She also starred opposite Ellen Barkin and Oprah Winfrey in ABC/Harpo Films' Before Women Had Wings, and opposite Isabella Rossellini in an episode of Chicago Hope.
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 Everyday Newt Burman, Matthew: School of Life. Julia also starred in Mac Welmann's The Sandalwood Box. Most recently, Julia shared the stage with Gloria Reuben and Mary Testa in Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues in New York.
Julia is a spokesperson for The Citizen Scholarship Foundation's "Families of Freedom," which raises money to educate children of victims of the September 11th tragedy.