Who is Maika Monroe?
Maika Monroe Buckley (born May 29, 1993), better known as Maika Monroe, is an American actress and professional kiteboarder (is an action sport combining aspects of wakeboarding, snowboarding, windsurfing, surfing, paragliding, skateboarding and sailing into one extreme sport. A kiteboarder harnesses the power of the wind with a large controllable power kite to be propelled across the water, land, or snow. On the water, a kiteboard, similar to a wakeboard or a small surfboard, with or without foot straps or bindings, is used. Kitesurfing is a style of kiteboarding specific to wave riding, which uses standard surfboards or boards shaped specifically for the purpose. On land, a mountain board or foot steered buggy is used while skis or snowboards can be used in snow. There are different styles of kiteboarding, including freestyle, freeride speed, course racing, wake style, big air, park, and surfing). She made her acting debut in At Any Price (2012) and appeared in the drama film Labor Day (is a 2013 American drama film based on the 2009 novel of the same name by Joyce Maynard. Directed by Jason Reitman, the film stars Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin. The film was co-produced by Paramount Pictures and Indian Paintbrush, premiering at the Telluride Film Festival on August 29, 2013, and was a Special Presentation at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. The film was released in the United States on January 31, 2014). She became recognized as a “scream queen” after her perfect performances in the critically acclaimed films The Guest (2014) and It Follows (2014). She also played Patricia Whitmore in Independence Day: Resurgence (2016).
Santa Barbara-born Maika Monroe’s initial desire was to pursue a career in professional freestyle kiteboarding (kitesurfer). Following in her father’s footsteps, she started the extreme sport at the age of only 13. She moved to the Dominican Republic’s north coast of Cabarete in her senior year of high school to train full-time while she completed her studies online. From then on, her athletic path prospered and she received second place in the International Red Bull Air Competition.
Maika Monroe has joined the cast of Shia LaBeouf’s show business drama “Honey Boy,” opposite LaBeouf, Lucas Hedges, and Noah Jupe.
The story centers on a child star attempting to mend his relationship with his law-breaking, alcohol-abusing father over the course of a decade and is loosely based on LaBeouf’s life. “Honey Boy” was LaBeouf’s childhood nickname. He broke out in 2000 when he was 14 as a star in the Disney Channel series “Even Stevens.”
Hedges will portray the young-adult version of LaBeouf, while LaBeouf will play his own father. “A Quiet Place” star Jupe will play the younger version of LaBeouf. Maika Monroe will play an aspiring actress named Sandra. The film also stars Natasha Lyonne, Martin Starr, Byron Bowers, and Laura San Giacomo.
Monroe broke out in the 2014 horror film “It Follows” and can be seen in the upcoming A24 feature “Hot Summer Nights” opposite Timothee Chalamet, which opens in July. She also recently shot “The Widow,” directed by Neil Jordan opposite Isabelle Huppert and Chloe Moretz and “Villains” opposite Bill Skarsgard.
Personal Life of Maika Monroe:
Monroe was born Dillon Monroe Buckley on May 29, 1993, in Santa Barbara, California, the daughter of sign language interpreter Dixie and construction worker Jack Buckley. She later changed her first name to “Maika”, by which she had already been publicly known for most of her life and movie roles. At the age of only 17, Monroe left Santa Barbara and moved to Cabarete in the Dominican Republic to continue her special training in kiting after spending the previous summer there. She subsequently completed her senior year of high school online.
- 1993- Born in California, USA
- 2010- She went to Dominican Republic to continue training in kiting
- 2011- She played her first TV role in Eleventh Hour
- 2012- She played her first role in a movie At Any Price
- 2016- Played one of the hit movie ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’
An achievement with completeness
Maika Monroe is the well-known name of the acting industry today. Amidst a sea of flourishing young actors, Monroe is legitimately everywhere, nabbing all kinds of leading roles in movies and starring opposite prominent actors of both the veteran and up-and-coming variety. And honestly, why shouldn’t this be the case when Monroe herself is one of the most understated yet undeniably magnetic young actors out there at the moment?
According to a famous magazine, Monroe is set to join the Shia LaBeouf-penned Honey Boy, a show by himself, business drama that is loosely based on LaBeouf’s own life. The plot tracks the journey of a child star trying to reconcile with his criminal alcoholic dad. Monroe will play an aspiring actress named Sandra (maybe a fictionalized version of China Brezner?). The film will be directed by Alma Har’el (Bombay Beach) and is also set to star LaBeouf, Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea), and Noah Jupe (A Quiet Place).
Although, it was reported in early May that she will be starring alongside Dylan O’Brien in the sophomore effort of Christopher MacBride (The Conspiracy). The determinedly genre-less The Education of Frederick Fitzell centers on its eponymous protagonist, who has to confront certain aspects of his past; this includes the mystery of a missing girl. While no details have been provided about Monroe’s character in Frederick Fitzell, to assume that she could indeed play the girl haunting the protagonist’s psyche wouldn’t be a stretch of the imagination.
These projects will soon become part of Monroe’s already-stacked filmography. When she was first starting out six years ago, her first feature film appearance in At Any Price already placed her alongside big-name actors, namely Dennis Quaid and Zac Efron. Eventually, Monroe landed a small part in Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring (in a role affectionately called “Beach Girl”) and featured in the Jason Reitman film Labor Day, which also starred Josh Brolin and Kate Winslet.
Monroe’s big break came in the horror genre, with 2014 proving an exceptional year for her by solidifying her status as a scream queen. Luckily for her, both The Guest and It Follows feel far more unconventional in their smart treatment of horror movie tropes. The former combines tension and comedy in a story that simultaneously embraces and subverts the expectations of movies featuring lone ranger killers. The latter, on the other hand, presents an almost unrelenting atmosphere of suspense, blanketing the film in a spirit of unease throughout.
And in both The Guest and It Follows, Monroe’s performance anchors the narratives. Where we can’t identify with Dan Stevens’s elusive David in The Guest — we aren’t even supposed to — Monroe is our gateway into a hilarious and violent romp for both the ovaries. On the other hand, Monroe is also precisely the reason we can’t escape the “It” in It Follows. We feel her dread over this looming, shapeless and nameless entity that seems to engulf her surroundings and consume her from the inside out, all at the same time. Because of her acting, she is the eye catchy for the producers and directors to put her in the Independence Day.
These films then led to Monroe’s foray into bigger budget Hollywood productions, although they are less warmly received than her indie efforts. The 5th Wave and Independence Day: Resurgence shares the thematic thread of the end of the world. They are also similarly generic — frustratingly so — and neither film stands out in an increasingly saturated blockbuster landscape. The 5th Wave was really in a tough situation but made an impression at the box office, although it eventually made a worldwide total of $109.9 million and was able to recoup its production budget of $54 million. Independence Day: Resurgence earned total of $389.7 million against a $165 million budget, but really failed to recapture the excitement or glory of its ’90s predecessor that made a real impression of the holiday of 4th of July.
Regardless of those setbacks, Monroe also featured in six other films in 2017 alone. Some, such as Hot Summer Nights and The Scent of Rain and Lightning, won critics over as they premiered on the festival circuit. And where others are less praise-worthy — such as the visually stunning but narratively dull Bokeh — Monroe is not one of the shortcomings in those films in the slightest. When she’s allowed to fill the space of the screen without the distraction of too many explosions and the need to coldly bark immovable lines at other characters, through her great talent she naturally captures our attention.
By the end of 2018, Monroe will have released three more features: Hannah Marks and Joey Power’s Shotgun, Federico D’Alessandro’s Tau, and Neil Jordan’s The Widow, which reunites Monroe with her 5th Wave co-star Chloe Grace Moretz and puts her in the presence of the incredible Isabelle Huppert. The aforementioned Variety article further reports that she has just wrapped the horror movie Villains with Pennywise himself, Bill Skarsgard.
Maika Monroe Career
In April 2012, Monroe signed up for the drama film Labor Day, an adaptation of the novel of the same name. She played Mandy, a farm girl who romances with a young man and eventually becomes his wife and the mother of his child. In June 2013, she joined the cast of the psychological thriller film The Guest. In 2014, she starred as Jay in the horror film It Follows (is a 2014 American supernatural horror film written and directed by David Robert Mitchell and starring Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Daniel Zovatto, Jake Weary, Olivia Luccardi, and Lili Sepe. The film follows a teenage girl named Jay, who is pursued by a supernatural entity after a sexual encounter), which became a cult hit and secured Monroe’s status as a scream queen. In 2016, she co-starred in the invasion thriller film The 5th Wave, based on the novel of the same name. Monroe also co-starred in the 2016 movie Independence Day: Resurgence, the sequel to Independence Day (1996), playing former First Daughter Patricia Whitmore.
Film Appearances of Maika Monroe:
- 2012- At any Price as Cadence Farrow
- 2013- The Bling Ring as Beach Girl
- 2013- Labor Day as Mandy
- 2014- The Guest as Anna Peterson
- 2014- IT Follows as Jay Height
- 2015- Echoes of War as Abigail Riley
- 2016- The 5th Wave as Ringer
- 2016- Independence Day: Resurgence
- 2017- Hot Summers Nights as McKayla
- 2017- The Scent of rain and Lightning as Jody Linder
- 2017- Bokeh as Jenai
- 2017- Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House as Joan
- 2017- I’m Not Here as Karen
- 2017- The Tribes of Palos Verdes as Medina Mason
- 2018- Shotgun as Mia
- 2018- Tau as Julia
- 2018- The Widow as Erica
- 2019- Villains as Jules
- 2019- Honey Boy as Sandra
Television appearances of Maika Monroe:
- 2011- Eleventh Hour as Maya Wynne in the episode of Medea
- 2013- Flying Monkeys as Joan in a Television film
Trivia of Maika Monroe
- Some of her favorite horror films include The Shining (1980), Halloween (1978) and A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984).
- Her first paid gig in acting was being in a commercial for Pizza Hut.
- Once had her own clothing line called Airbound Apparel while she was training for kiteboarding in the Dominican Republic city of Cabarete, and most of the proceeds went to the local charities. What inspired her to begin the line was the children she had met and become close with while practicing kiteboarding.
- She is also a professional kiteboarder.
- After seeing her performances in The Guest (2014) and It Follows (2014), many fans and film enthusiasts have come to consider Maika a ‘Scream Queen’ of the current generation, though Maika isn’t a fan herself of the label.
- Has a major phobia about knives.
Some of personal quotes from Maika Monroe
- I started kiteboarding when I was 13. My dad was a kiteboarder, and I begged him to teach me until he finally agreed. He made me wait because it can be dangerous.
- I’m working on a movie called Labor Day (2013) with Kate Winslet while still balancing kiteboarding. Being an actress and an athlete is a challenge, but I’m excited to see what happens.
- I’ve seen so many scripts, and I want to do everything. Like with kiteboarding, you have to be fearless. I’m not scared.
- Acting is such a crazy industry, but kiteboarding keeps me grounded.
- When I was living in the Dominican Republic, the local kids became a part of my family.
- With kiting you have to land a trick, and in that instant you know whether you won or lost–I knew I could become the best in the world if I trained. But with acting, there are different variations; there’s not a right or wrong way. It’s so hard because it’s so out of your hands. I have no idea what’s going to happen!
- My goal is to continue to act and still be a professional kiteboarder.
Maika Monroe To Star In new Thriller
‘The Education Of Fredrick Fitzell’
The Maze Runner and Teen Wolf lead Dylan O’Brien will star alongside It Follow actress Maika Monroe in Christopher MacBride’s (The Conspiracy) mystery thriller The Education Of Fredrick Fitzell, I have learned.
Due to shooting later this summer, O’Brien will play a man who begins to unravel a long-hidden mystery about a missing girl, a drug called Mercury, and a terrifying creature that has followed him into adulthood.
“The script is unlike anything I’ve read,” says Kim, who reunites with MacBride, having worked together on The Conspiracy. “Chris has crafted a unique, brilliant story – one that transcends genre and provides a surreal snapshot of a man on the brink of collapse. It’s a testament to his writing, vision, and characters that we have such an amazing cast lined up. I’m excited to help bring this to life.”
O’Brien was last seen in the final installment of the Maze Runner trilogy – which to date has grossed just shy of a billion dollars worldwide, and Monroe was most recently seen alongside Timothée Chalamet in Hot Summer Nights, which premiered at SXSW. MacBride wrote and is attached to direct thriller Echo for 20th Century Fox and 21 Laps as well as comic book action film Scout based on the Timothy Truman comic for Studio 8 and producer Braden Aftergood.