It’s always fun to find actresses who have tattoos that you wouldn’t expect to have them. Jena Malone is one such actress. Jena started acting as a child at the tender age of 11, with a guest role on “Chicago Hope” and in a powerful role as an abused girl in her cinematic debut, “Bastard Out of Carolina”.
Not long after that debut, Jena made her first major impression on a large audience by portraying the young Ellie Arroway (played as an adult Jodie Foster) in 1997’s epic science fiction film “Contact” (based on the Carl Sagan book, and putting a much heavier emphasis on the ‘science’ component of science fiction). Jena struck a chord as a young astronomy lover who coped with the devastating loss of her parents at a young age by throwing herself into the search for life beyond Earth.
In the next few years, Jena played it safe in a number of by-the-numbers teen roles in films like “Stepmom” (with Julia Roberts and Susan Sarandon) and “For the Love of the Game” (with Kevin Costner). Of course, Jena didn’t even wait until she was 17 before she decided to take a dramatic detour into darker films, such as the apocalyptic cult hit “Donnie Darko”.
After “Donnie Darko”, Jena continued to stay edgy with a variety riskier films. Among them were “Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys” (which reunited her with Jodie Foster), “United States of Leland”, and the controversial, yet entertaining, religious satire “Saved!”. In “Saved!”, she portrays Mary, a devout, yet naive, Christian high schooler who comes to learn how she is able to maintain her faith in the face of the hypocrisy of organized religion after becoming pregnant. She became pregnant after sleeping with her boyfriend just once in an attempt to ‘cure’ him of being gay. Religious critics despised the film, but it helped pull the curtain back, and open the dialogue, on a number of issues that tend to get glossed over.
Jena continued to perform regularly over the next several years, sort of under the radar, before she starred in the girl-power, graphic novel style action film, “Sucker Punch” (written and directed by “300” director, Zack Snyder). This film also starred ‘New 2 Tats’ hotties, Vanessa Hudgens and Emily Browning. 2013 looks to be another major step for Jena, as she portrays to arrogant Johanna Mason in the sequel to “The Hunger Games” titled “Catching Fire”.
Jena did not wait very long to join the ‘ink club’. She was spotted at the premier of “Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys”, at the age of 17, with a fairly detailed tattoo on her lower back. Unfortunately, I have not been able to find any pictures that give greater clarity to what the design is, but it is impressive and a bold statement for an actress who has made bold career choices.
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