On January 12, 2001, Save the Last Dance landed on the big screen in the United States. The story of a young girl fan of dance who dreams of joining Juilliard School in New York, and who finds herself – after the sudden death of her mother – forced to live with her father in a working-class neighborhood of Chicago. First faced with a rather hostile reception in her new high school, she gradually manages to be accepted and is initiated into a universe she knows nothing about, hip-hop. This young girl was Julia Stiles, just 20 at the time and a rising star of American cinema. Two years earlier, she had stood out in the cult comedy 10 Good Reasons to Dump You, alongside the late Heath Ledger. The 2000s marked the rise of the young actress, who can be seen among others in Drunkenness and consequences, The smile of Mona Lisa but above all, the Jason Bourne saga. After 2010, Julia Stiles is more rare on the screens, but still ensures remarkable appearances in the fifth season of Dexter or in the film Happiness Therapy. On the private side, the actress has been in a relationship since 2015 with a certain Preston J. Cook, an assistant director met on the set of the thriller Blackway. The two lovebirds tied the knot in September 2017 when Julia Stiles was pregnant with their first child. The baby arrived a few weeks later on October 20: a little boy named Strummer Newcomb Cook. The rather original first name did not fail to arouse the curiosity of the fans, who are several to have asked her how the parents came to choose this name, but the actress remained silent on the subject. There is one reference running through people’s heads, namely a possible nod to the former leader of the Clash, the cult musician Joe Strummer, but there is nothing to confirm it.
Julia Stiles: soon in a horror movie
Finally, on the news side, the actress, who had been rather discreet lately, should appear soon in the horror film Orphan: first kill, prequel to the film Esther, released in 2009. On her Instagram account, Julia Stiles even shared with her fans a photo from the set in which the actress appears brunette, her face bloodied. “What are you looking at?” She joked in the caption.
Julia Stiles. © Backgrid UK