Stefania LaVie Owen is one of the millennials who have taken Hollywood by storm. The New Zealand actress commenced her career in 2009 and has featured in several highly-acclaimed movies and TV series, all in the course of her relatively short career. She has also won some awards and her meteoric rise has been profiled by several reputable publications including the New York Times and Vogue. Owen definitely has the makings of a future Hollywood superstar. Want to know more about this kiwi who is making waves in the movie industry? Then you are in the right place.
Stefania LaVie’s Owen Bio
Stefania LaVie Owen was born on the 15th of December 1997 in Miami, Florida. She spent the first four years of her life in the United States before her family relocated to the village of Pauatahanui, New Zealand. The future Hollywood star thus grew up in Pauatahanui and completed her primary school there. Owen exhibited a natural talent for the performing arts from an early age. As a primary school student, she took part in several school plays and received accolades for her outstanding performance. She also continued her impressive streak at the Chilton Saint James School, Lower Hutt, Wellington, where she took part in several school productions and dance classes. Despite the amazing talent that she displayed at an early age, Owen never thought that she would be able to make a career in acting. She rather regarded acting as something she did for fun.
Movies and TV Shows
Stefania LaVie Owen made her professional debut in 2009 in the movie The Lovely Bones – a supernatural drama about a murdered girl who is torn between getting revenge and letting her family heal. The movie featured A-listers such as Mark Wahlberg and Rachel Weisz, while Owen had a small part as Flora Hernandez. Even though The Lovely Bones was directed by a New Zealander, Peter Jackson, it was nevertheless an American production and this fact helped to fast-track Owen’s career. Since her 2009 debut in The Lovely Bones, Stefania LaVie Owen has not relented but has gone on to feature in several movies and TV series. On the small screen, she has appeared in TV series such as Running Wilde, The Carrie Diaries, Chance and Messiah.
On the big screens, Owen has featured in movies such as Krampus (2015), Coming through the Rye (2015), All We Had (2016). The Cat and the Moon (2019) and The Beach Bum (2019). The latter is a stoner comedy about a fun-loving but irresponsible poet, Moondog, who does not indulge in any serious writing. He is rather content to live off his wife’s wealth; much to the chagrin of his sensible daughter Heather. Moondog is eventually forced to sit up after his late wife puts his daughter in charge of his inheritance. The Beach Bum featured megastars such as Matthew McConaughey (who played Moondog), Snoop Dogg, Isla Fisher, and Zac Efron while Owen played the role of Heather. The New Zealander has since described the whole filming process as a great learning experience.
Stefania LaVie Owen hails from a family of five. Her parents’ names are not yet available but it is however known that her mother is American while her father is a New Zealander. The actress also has two sisters named Lolo and Carly. Owen has disclosed that the hardest part of her flourishing career is the fact that she is often separated from her family for long periods of time. She and her family, however, cope with the long distance and physical boundary by frequently Facetiming, messaging, sending videos and pictures. Additionally, the actress also relies on the support system provided by her castmates who are like a second family to her.
Other Facts about Stefania LaVie Owen
1. She won a trophy for her skills in the performing arts during her elementary school days at Pauatahanui School.
2. She is not a social media enthusiast and attributes this to the fact that social media causes anxiety issues and also affects body image negatively.
3. The actress identifies as a feminist and believes that people should relate more on the basis that they are humans rather than gender.
4. Owen plans to attend the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at NYU to study courses such as sociology, history of film and writing.
5. Her acting career is not limited to the screens. She also appeared in a 2017 off-Broadway play titled Yen.
6. She won the rising star award at the 2016 Coronado Island Film Festival. This was for her role in the 2015 film, Coming Through the Rye.
7. The Beach Bum star is 5 feet 3 inches (1.6m) tall and has a smattering of freckles on her face.