The Truth About Julia Stiles Finally Revealed


The Truth About Julia Stiles Finally Revealed


When Julia Stiles first popped up on the Hollywood radar, she gravitated toward intelligent, brazen female roles, unlike the ones featured in most teen rom-coms focused on a teen girl undergoing a makeover to win a guy. Coincidentally, the well-read actress starred in three films based on Shakespeare plays over the course of a year.

Stiles' breakout film, 10 Things I Hate About You, was inspired by Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew, and the actress followed it up by starring in an adaptation of Hamlet opposite Ethan Hawke. She also acted in O, an adaptation of Othello, alongside Josh Hartnett and Mekhi Phifer.

Surprisingly, Stiles didn't intend to star in the Shakespeare-inspired films. In an Entertainment Weekly interview in March 1999, Stiles said, "I didn't set out to be in three Shakespeare movies," noting, "But just because I had done (10 Things), I wasn't going to turn down the acting experiences of my life." The actress continued to be drawn to Shakespeare, and, in 2002, she starred in the Delacorte Theatre's presentation of Twelfth Night in Central Park.



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