If Hollywood were high school—and let’s face it, it pretty much is—Jena Malone would be the cool, artsy chick who marches to the blissed-out beat of her own drum. Off the red carpet, the 29-year-old actress eschews fancy designer labels in favor of $15 Etsy finds. And in her free time, she’s apt to be shooting dreamy photographs or tinkering around on The Shoe, a zany-looking instrument she jerry-rigged out of an old steamer trunk.
Then, of course, there’s her film resumé—an impressive mix of cult-status indies (Donnie Darko), big-budget blockbusters (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) and the odd TV miniseries (Hatfields & McCoys)—that speaks more to caprice than calculation. “I don’t put too much pressure on my career path because tomorrow I could get a script where it’s, like, full-on performance art, and I’d be playing a tree and I could think, That’s really what I want to do next,” she says.
Read our entire interview with Malone in the January/February issue, out now on the iPad, Kindle Fire, NOOK Tablet, Android device and available on newsstands January 14.
Photo: Cami color-block dress, $72, asos.com
Photographed by Andrew Stiles
Styling by Caley Lawson
Hair by Bobby Eliot at Tomlinson Management Group using Oribe
Makeup by Bethany McCarty