Her parents frequently took her to the theater, and Stiles became so infatuated with Shakespeare's plays that she kept a bust of the bard in her bedroom.

She took modern dance lessons, and taught herself how to act by watching the TV series As a child, Stiles also loved to write, and whenever she wanted something from her parents, she stated her case in handwritten letters.

Julia O' Hara Stiles was born on March 28, 1981 in New York City.

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Stiles appears in the Blue web series also broadcast on television (2012–present).

Other film roles include romantic comedy The Prince and Me (2004), noir-inspired drama-thriller A Little Trip to Heaven (2005), British-Canadian co-production The Cry of the Owl (2009), Between Us (2012), Out of the Dark (2014), and with Anthony Hopkins in Blackway (2016) (also known as Go With Me). Her first lead was in Wicked (1998), playing a teenaged girl who might have murdered her mother so she could have her father all to herself.

Stiles later went on to transition to more adult roles, garnering a nomination for the Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture for her performance in The Business of Strangers (2001), Mona Lisa Smile (2003), and The Omen (2006).

She became known to a wider audience for her supporting role alongside Matt Damon as Nicky Parsons in the Bourne film series (2002-2016).

She began working at her mother's ceramics shop at age 6, working behind the register and chatting with the customers.

Stiles also developed a love of theater at a very young age.

Julia O'Hara Stiles (born March 28, 1981) is an American actress.

Born and raised in New York City, Stiles began acting at age 11 and made her screen debut as Erica Dansby in six episodes of the television series Ghostwriter (1993-1994).

Stiles later said that, at first, it was difficult to be a celebrity on a college campus: "In the beginning, it was a little hard," she said, "because ...

I wasn't even really fully aware of what people were saying. I would get people coming to my door, and knocking on it in the middle of the night.

But Stiles's role in the film placed her on the radar of casting agents and film critics.