You might know Jena from such movies as Saved, Stepmom, Into the Wild, Bastard Out of Carolina and the recent horror movie The Ruins (I saw it, she was fabulous). These have won her a Golden Globe nomination, an Independent Spirit Award in 1997 for Best Debut Performance, and a SAG Award in 1997 for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries.
In 2006, she made her professional stage Broadway debut in the production of the Tony Award winning play Doubt. In 2007, she was released her first single on The Social Reistry, a New York City experimental music label. And currently, Jena has joined the cast of Sucker Punch
Jena was born in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, and moved to Southern California. Her mother was active in community theater, so Jena got very comfortable around the theater at an early age. Until age 10, she lived in Lake Tahoe, raised by two moms (mom and Godmom). Then her birth mother broke up with her lover and became a born-again Christian. Legally emancipated since 2000, Malone says she is close to her large extended family, which includes four brothers and two sisters. Jena stated, “I had two loving parents. Love in any shape or form is a beautiful thing.”