|Born||Willa Joanna Chance Holland |
June 18, 1991
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Willa Joanna Chance Holland (born June 18, 1991) is an American actress and fashion model. She is best known for her role as Kaitlin Cooper, Marissa Cooper's younger sister, on the television series The O.C.. She also appeared on The CW series Gossip Girl, as Agnes Andrews, and Arrow, as Thea Queen.
Holland was born in Los Angeles, the daughter of cinematographer Keith Holland and actress Darnell Gregorio-De Palma. She has two sisters, Brianna Holland (born 1988) and Piper De Palma (born 1996). Holland spent the earlier part of her childhood in Chelsea, London. It was during that period that she spent time on the set of the film Mission: Impossible which was directed by her stepfather Brian De Palma. She went to Kenter Canyon Elementary School, Paul Revere Middle School, and Palisades Charter High School.
Holland spent the summer of 1999 in The Hamptons with her family. After a day playing at Steven Spielberg's home with now model Shadat Patwary, the seed was planted that she should spend her life acting in film. Spielberg told her mother "You've got to put her in front of a camera!". Upon her return to Los Angeles that September, Holland signed with Ford Modeling Agency at age seven, and immediately booked a shoot for Burberry.
The following year, 1999, De Palma took Holland to a theatrical talent agency. Since then she has shot many national commercials. During 2001 when Holland was ten, she worked alongside her cinematographer father in Ordinary Madness. She was even slated to co-star in the 2005 FOX series The Inside with fellow model Rachel Nichols, but left the show when writer Tim Minear was brought in to overhaul it. She played the role of Kaitlin Cooper on The O.C.; initially as a recurring character in season 3, but then as a regular in season 4. Incidentally, Holland was a fan of The O.C. before landing the role of Marissa Cooper's (Mischa Barton) rebellious "little" sister.
Holland appeared on the cover of Teen Vogue and Fashion 18 and has been featured in CosmoGirl!, as well as representing LeSportsac Fall and Winter 2006 handbags for Macy's. She has also appeared in a commercial for the Montana Meth Project titled "That Guy".[specify]
In December 2007 Holland was cast in the independent drama film Garden Party. Holland played the role of April, a troubled teenage aspiring model who tries to make it in Los Angeles. The film opened in selective cinemas in Los Angeles, Portland and Seattle on July 11, 2008. Despite Holland receiving critical acclaim for her performance, the film received mixed to negative reviews from critics.
In September 2008 it was announced that Holland had scored a three-episode stint in the second season of The CW teen drama television series Gossip Girl. The series is also created by The O.C. creator Josh Schwartz. Holland played the role of a rebellious sixteen-year-old model who befriends and creates havoc for Taylor Momsen's character. In March 2010 Holland made a one-off return to the series in the shows sixteenth episode of the third season "The Empire Strikes Jack" which aired on March 29, 2010.
On May 17, 2010, Square Enix announced that she would be voicing Aqua in the PlayStation Portable title, Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep, which was released on September 7, 2010 in North America. That same year Holland starred in her first major studio film in the apocalyptic thriller film Legion playing the role of a bratty teenager. She also made a notable cameo appearance in the film The Last Song, and she played the teen-temptress role of Janice Heddon in the film Straw Dogs, a remake of the 1971 film of the same name. The film opened in September 2011.
|2001||Ordinary Madness||Young Faye|
|2004||The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things||Milkshake|
|2008||Middle of Nowhere||Taylor Elizabeth Berry|
|2010||Humanity's Last Line of Defense||Herself||Documentary|
|2011||Straw Dogs||Janice Hedden|
|2012||Tiger Eyes||Davey Wexler|
|2005||The Comeback||Kalla||Episode: "Valerie Hangs with the Cool Kids"|
|2006–2007||The O.C.||Kaitlin Cooper||Recurring (season 3), main cast (season 4), 22 episodes|
|2008, 2010, 2012||Gossip Girl||Agnes Andrews||5 episodes (1 uncredited)|
|2012–present||Arrow||Thea Queen||Main cast|
|2006||Scarface: The World Is Yours||Voice|
|2010||Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep||Aqua||Voice|
|2012||Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance||Aqua||Voice|
|2008||"Keep Me Up All Night"||The Glitterati|
|2010||"Fearless Love"||Melissa Etheridge|
- According to the State of California. California Birth Index, 1905–1995. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California. At Ancestry.com
- the TV Tattler – New 'O.C.' Star Willa Holland Dishes About Playing Kaitlin Cooper
- tvguide.com – How Low Can O.C.'s Young Kaitlin Go?
- contactmusic.com – SPIELBERG GAVE THE OC'S HOLLAND HER BIG BREAK
- Teen Vogue cover shoot
- People.com – Introducing ... Willa Holland
- Zap2it – Holland's New Mini-Cooper Revs onto 'The O.C.'
- http://www.gardenpartymovie.com Official Website
- "RETURN TO THE MAGICAL REALM OF KINGDOM HEARTS ON SEPTEMBER 7, 2010 | SQUARE ENIX". Release.square-enix.com. Retrieved 2011-09-22.
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