Juliette Lewis

Actor Biography

Juliette Lewis is recognized as one of Hollywood’s most talented and versatile actors of her generation. From when she first stunned audiences and critics alike with her Oscar-nominated performance as Danielle Bowden in “Cape Fear,” to date she has worked with some of the most revered directors in the industry, including Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, Lasse Hallström, Katherin Bigelow, Oliver Stone and Garry Marshall. Her powerful scenes with Robert De Niro in Scorsese’s “Cape Fear” captured the quiet complexities of adolescence and earned Lewis an Oscar® and Golden Globe nomination for “Best Supporting Actress.” The auditorium scene with De Niro goes down in movie-making history as one of cinema’s classic scenes. Whether lending dramatic authenticity or a natural comedic flair to her roles, Lewis graces the screen with remarkable range, as well as an original and captivating style.

Lewis worked with Woody Allen in “Husbands and Wives,” playing a self-assured college coed with a penchant for older men and, particularly, her married professor. She quickly followed suit with a succession of starring roles in a variety of blockbusters and critically acclaimed projects, including “Kalifornia,” “Romeo Is Bleeding,” “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape” and “Natural Born Killers,” Oliver Stone’s controversial media satire about two mass murderers who become legendary folk heroes. Lewis’s other credits include the Nora Ephron comedy “Mixed Nuts,” with Steve Martin and Adam Sandler; the sci-fi action film Strange Days, with Ralph Fiennes and Angela Bassett, which was directed by Oscar-winning director Kathrine Bigalow; Quentin Tarantino’s vampire tale “From Dusk Till Dawn,” with George Clooney; the Gary Marshall-directed “The Other Sister”; and “Old School,” co-starring opposite Luke Wilson, Vince Vaughn and Will Ferrell.

After a five-year hiatus from film to pursue her burgeoning music career exclusively, Lewis announced her return to acting with a series of films, including “Whip It,” the comedy directed by Drew Barrymore in which she starred alongside Ellen Page, Marcia Gay Harden and Kristen Wiig; the romantic comedy “The Switch,” opposite Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman and Patrick Wilson; Mark Ruffalo’s directorial debut “Sympathy for Delicious,” costarring alongside Orlando Bloom and Laura Linney; and the acclaimed indie-drama “Conviction,” which also starred Hilary Swank, Melissa Leo and Sam Rockwell. Critics hailed Lewis’ performance in the film, with Time Magazine praising Lewis’ “scene-stealing moments” as a devious ex-girlfriend while Entertainment Weekly raved, “Juliette Lewis reminds fans why we want her to run free forever.”The San Francisco Chronicle also proclaimed, “her character work should be studied in schools. Just remarkable.”

Lewis was most recently seen in “August: Osage County,” based on the Pulitzer Prize-and Tony Award-winning play by Tracy Letts, alongside an ensemble cast that included Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts and Ewan McGregor, and the indie film “Kelly and Cal,” in which her performance was met by significant praise from film critics. Entertainment Weekly hailed Juliette’s performance as “a star in her prime” while Variety added that she “shines in what feels like a tailor-made leading role.” The Los Angeles Times also raved that she “delivers one of her finest performances.” This fall, Juliette costared in the live-action film “Jem and The Holograms,” based on the 1980’s Hasbro animated series.

In addition to her film career, Lewis has continued to add roles to her growing list of television credits. Her other television roles include Showtime’s “My Louisiana Sky,” where she secured an Emmy nomination, and a starring role in the Mira Nair directed HBO film “Hysterical Blindness,” alongside Uma Thurman and Gena Rowlands.