Julia Stiles Biography
Stiles accepted small TV roles and guest starred in various series like Ghostwriter and Chicago Hope. In 1997, she was seen in the 1997 CBS TV movie Before Women Had Wings and NBCs 1999 mini-series The 60s, wherein Stiles face was painted with an American flag and peace sign as the shows soundtrack cover and ad posters.
In 1998, Julia played the role of Ellie Christianson in Wicked. However, it was only until the 1999 film 10 Things I Hate About You did Stiles receive much glory to her acting. This role was a personal favorite of Julias because she always wanted to play Shakespeare. She won an award in the Chicago Film Critics for this film.
In 2000, Stiles decided to study college at Columbia University, majoring in English and graduating in 2005. She temporarily left her Hollywood career on hold and moved into mainstream roles starting in 2002. She co-starred with Matt Damon in the 2002 film The Bourne Identity and its sequel. She also appeared in Mona Lisa Smile with Julia Roberts in 2003 and portrayed an eccentric actress in the film Carolina that landed her an award.
Aside from acting, Stiles is a talented writer, contributing regularly in the New York-based kids magazine ZuZu during her teen years. Some of her works are published by the Restless Youth Press. At age 16, Stiles also co-authored a play entitled, The Anarchists Daughter.
Julia Stiles used to date actors Joseph Gordon Levitt (in 1999) and Joshua Jackson (around 2000).
Stiles worked for Habitat for Humanity, which helped in building houses in Costa Rica, and worked with non-profit organizations like Amnesty International and Amend.org. She used to be a practicing vegan, but decided to give up veganism because it wasnt healthy eating when traveling frequently.