Julia Stiles is an actress best known for her roles in films like Save the Last Dance, 10 Things I Hate About You, and The Bourne Ultimatum.
Born in New York City, Stiles had a love of the theater from an early age, particularly the works of Shakespeare. When she was 11 years old, Stiles wrote a letter to a stage director convincing him to hire her for an avant-garde production, leading to performing with the La MaMa Theatre Company in New York City.
Venturing into onscreen roles just a few years later, she had a non-speaking part in the low-budget drama, I Love You, I Love You Not before playing the teenage daughter of a New York police officer in the terrorist thriller, The Devil's Own. Stiles offered a strong supporting performance as Phoebe, a young girl coping with an abusive home in the Oprah Winfrey-produced Before Women Had Wings.
By 18, Stiles had her first lead part in 10 Things I Hate About You, starring opposite Heath Ledger. Based on Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, 10 Things I Hate About You was a hit, and became a teen classic.
Stiles went on to star in Hamlet, Save the Last Dance, and The Bourne Ultimatum, as well as 10 episodes of Showtime's Dexter and numerous theater productions. She also wrote and directed Revolving, a short starring Zooey Deschanel.
Stiles also appeared in the movies Mona Lisa Smile, It's A Guy Thing, The Prince and Me, and The Omen, and the New York theater productions of Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues and Twelfth Night at Shakespeare in the Park.
Stiles supports Habitat for Humanity and Amnesty International, and is active in political and social causes. She has also authored essays on feminism for the British newspaper The Guardian.