June 18, 1991
Los Angeles, California, United States
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Most actresses can't say that Steven Spielberg discovered them, but Willa Holland can. When she was 7 years old, she played with Spielberg's children at his home and at the end of the day, he told Holland's stepfather Brian De Palma that she should be in front of the camera. Soon after, she had an agent and was appearing in commercials. That led to her first role at the age of 10 in "Ordinary Madness" (2001). She was mostly quiet for the next few years as she attended school. In 2005, Holland started to become active as an actress again, most prominently with her 22-episode run on "The O.C." (Fox 2003-07) as Kaitlin Cooper, the younger sister of Mischa Barton's character. She was a series regular for the show's final season. After "The O.C." wrapped, Holland started appearing sporadically as the bad girl teen model Agnes Andrews in "Gossip Girl" (The CW 2007-2012), another show from "The O.C." creator Josh Schwartz. While "Gossip Girl" aired, Holland appeared in a few films. She made her major studio debut in the fantasy action film "Legion" (2010) and shortly after appeared in the remake "Straw Dogs" (2011). During that time, she also started voicing the role of Aqua in Square Enix's Disney-infused video game series Kingdom Hearts in "Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep" (2010). 2012 was a huge year for Holland as she starred in the Judy Blume adaptation "Tiger Eyes" (2012) and began appearing as Oliver Queen's younger sister Thea on "Arrow" (The CW 2012- ).