Willa Holland
Birth Date:
June 18, 1991
Birth Place:
Los Angeles, California, USA
5' 8
Actress, Model
Paul Revere Middle School
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American model and actress Willa Holland, the stepdaughter of Brian De Palma, is perhaps best known for her role of Kaitlin Cooper in the television series “The O.C.,” which she played from 2006 to 2007. She also had a recurring role on “Gossip Girls” (4 episodes, 2008-2010). Holland's film credits include “Garden Party” (2008), “Middle of Nowhere” (2008), “Genova” (2008), “Legion” (2010) and “Chasing 3000” (2010). She will play roles in the upcoming films “Tiger Eyes” (2011), “Straw Dogs” and “The Science of Cool” (2011). Holland ranked No. 8 on the “Teen Vogue” list of “Ten Best Dressed” in November 2008. Previously, in April 2007, she appeared on the cover of the magazine. A former top child model, she has also appeared in a number of commercials.

During her free time, Holland enjoys hanging out with friends, listening to music and is a fan of the movie “Marry Poppins.” She participates in charity projects and was featured in a promotional campaign video for the anti-drug organization The Montana Meth Project.

“It's great because I know I have somebody that knows what he's talking about supporting me. He never pushed me into this and he never pushed me out of it. He just always let me do what I wanted to do. He's let me know that no matter what decision I make, he'd always support me through all of this. He's always given me advice about how to stay true and how to not get corrupted by all this stuff that happens in Hollywood.” Willa Holland (on having Brian De Palma for a stepfather)

Los Angeles

Childhood and Family:

Willa Joanna Chance Holland was born on June 18, 1991, in Los Angeles, California, to Darnell Gregorio-De Palma and cinematographer Keith Holland. Her parents divorced and her mother married film director Brian De Palma (born on September 11, 1940) in 1993. They divorced in 1997. She has an older sister name Brianna Holland (born in 1988) and a half sister named Piper De Palma (born in 1996; father Brian De Palma). As a child, Willa once lived in Chelsea, London, and it was during that period that she spent time on the set of “Mission Impossible,” which was directed by her stepfather. She attended Kenter Canyon Elementary School and then Paul Revere Middle School. She was also briefly enrolled at Palisades Charter High School.



In the summer of 1998, Willa Holland spent time in The Hamptons with her family. After a day playing at Steven Spielberg's home, Spielberg told her parents she needed to be in front of the camera.

After returning to Los Angeles in September 1998, 7 year old Holland signed with the Ford Modeling Agency and quickly landed a shot for Burberry of London. In 1999, De Palma took his stepdaughter to a theatrical talent agency and Holland became a top child model in the U.S. from age 7 to 11 years old.

Holland made her feature film acting debut in director/writer Bernardo Gigliotti's “Ordinary Madness” (2001), where she played the role of Young Faye. Her father, Keith Holland, was the cinematographer of the film. Four years later, Holland was set to costar with fellow model Rachel Nichols in the 2005 Fox series “The Inside,” but quit the show when writer Tim Minear was brought in to renew it. She instead made a guest appearance as Kalla in the HBO Emmy award nominated comedy show “The Comeback.”

Holland's big break arrived when she was hired to portray Kaitlin Cooper, Marissa's rebellious younger sister, in the Fox series “The O.C.,” which was created by Josh Schwartz. She was on the show from 2006 to 2007. Talking about her character on the show, she stated, “It's so much fun to play the bad girl. Everybody has that little side of them they never really get to get out.”

2006 also found Holland contributing her voice to the video game “Scarface: The World is Yours” and representing LeSportsac Fall and Winter 2006, the O.C. handbags for Macy's. She then appeared on the cover of “Teen Vogue” and “Fashion 18” and was featured in “CosmoGirl.”

Back to acting, Holland starred as a confused teenager named April in the film “Garden Party,” alongside Vinessa Shaw and Lisa Arturo. Directed, written and co-produced by Jason Freeland, the film premiered in Los Angeles, New York, Portland and Seattle. She then worked with Susan Sarandon, Eva Amurri, Anton Yelchin and Justin Chatwin in the coming of age drama “Middle of Nowhere,” where she played the role of Taylor Elizabeth Berry. The film, directed by John Stockwell, premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and received the Best Music nomination at the 2008 Golden Trailer Awards. Still in 2008, Holland offered a notable portrayal of Kelly on “Genova,” a film directed by Michael Winterbottom that starred Colin Firth, Catherine Keener and Hope Davis. The film premiered at several festivals where it won awards.

On the small screen, Holland landed a recurring role on the CW's teen drama “Gossip Girl.” As Agnes Andrews, a 16 year old model working for Eleanor Waldor, she appeared in three episodes during season 2 called “Pret-a-Poor-J,” “There Might Be Blood” and “Bonfire of the Vanity” (all 2008). She later reprised the role for an episode in 2010 titled “The Empire Strikes Jack.”

In 2010, Holland was cast as Audrey Anderson, the rebellious and promiscuous teenage daughter of Jon Tenney and Kate Walsh, in the apocalyptic supernatural thriller “Legion,” by Scott Stewart. The film earned generally negative reviews from critics but opened at No. 2 at the box office. Other cast members included Paul Bettany, Lucas Black, Tyrese Gibson, Adrianne Palicki, Charles S. Dutton and Dennis Quaid. She also had a small role in the independent film “Chasing 3000” (2010), starring Trevor Morgan, Rory Culkin and Ray Liotta and appeared in the documentary short “Humanity's Last Line of Defense” (2010). Her voice was then heard in the video game “Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep” (also 2010).

Holland will star as Davey in the dramatic film “Tiger Eyes” (2011), directed by Lawrence Blume, who also wrote the script based on a novel by Judy Blume. In addition, she is slated to work in the Rod Lurie thriller “Straw Dogs” (2011), with James Marsden, Kate Bosworth and Alexander Skarsgård, and “The Science of Cool” (2011), by director William Zabka.


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