Juliette Lewis | From Child Star to Award-Nominated Actress and Rock Artist

Juliette Lewis: From Child Star to Award-Nominated Actress and Rock Artist
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Juliette Lewis: From Child Star to Award-Nominated Actress and Rock Artist

Juliette Lewis isn’t your usual Hollywood star in the United States. She has carved a unique path with her edgy portrayals on-screen and in more recent years developing her electrifying rock presence, breaking all the conventions of your typical artist. Born on June 21, 1973, in Los Angeles, California, Juliette Lewis began acting at an early age as Elvis Presley was gracing the stage. Juliette was just a young actress & performer in the making.

She debuted in the entertainment industry in the 1980s in the Michael Jackson, Elton John, & David Bowie era with minor roles in television series and films, appearing on TV shows like Family Ties before making her first film appearance in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. But it was her breakout role in Martin Scorsese’s feature film Cape Fear that caught Hollywood’s attention.

Her raw, unsettling performance earned her an Academy Award nomination, marking a powerful debut. We later saw this talent continue to blossom in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, where her performance as Becky garnered critical acclaim and audience tears.

To More Complex Roles

Lewis doesn’t shy away from more challenging roles; her performance as Mallory Knox in Natural Born Killers was stunningly real and unapologetic. Lewis captured Mallory Knox’s volatile nature with ferocity while also conveying inner conflict and fiery devotion for Mickey. This unforgettable performance earned widespread acclaim among audiences who appreciated Lewis’ ability to convey such complex intricacies of Mallory Knox within this chaotic film environment.

The film delves into themes of fame, obsession, and the gray area between reality, fiction. & touching on science fiction. All while offering one of the first time roles in powerful critique of the media spreading violence and sensationalism. Juliette Lewis’ performance as Mallory Knox remains one of the film’s iconic aspects and has contributed significantly to its lasting legacy in cinema. Her ability to explore the darker sides of human nature has become a hallmark of her career, as seen in From Dusk Till Dawn and the recent hit television show Yellowjackets.

She then co-starred with one of Hollywood’s most influential people Meryl Streep in August: Osage County, showing us her dramatic prowess. And who could forget her hilarious turn as Audrey Griswold in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation? Lewis proves her ability to charm audiences both dramatically and comedically.

Lewis has explored several experimental projects outside the limelight. She has collaborated with filmmakers, artists, and auteurs, such as in Kelly & Cal (2014), where she was an executive producer while simultaneously acting in the lead role.

She has also taken up writing essays that reflect on her life, career, and personal philosophy — penning essays about mental health awareness for publications like The Huffington Post, as well as experiences as an actress and musician. Her writing captures her candid yet thoughtful nature, offering readers insight into her thoughts and perspectives about subjects that interest her most.

Rocking with the Licks

Throughout her acting career, Juliette had always thought of venturing into music. Finally, she took the plunge and founded her rock band Juliette and the Licks in 2003. This group became widely known for their riveting live performances that combined elements of punk rock, alternative rock, garage rock, and garage soul music. Led by Lewis as the vocalist, the band also includes guitarists Todd Morse, Kemble Walters, and Jason Womack and drummer Ed Davis.

Juliette and the Licks released their debut EP, …Like a Bolt of Lightning, followed by their first full-length album, You’re Speaking My Language, in 2005. Songs like “You’re Speaking My Language” and “Hot Kiss” demonstrated the band’s signature blend of punk-influenced riffs and catchy melodies.

Juliette and the Licks quickly built a loyal fan base through their dynamic performances on tour. They eventually released two albums — Four on the Floor in 2006 and Terra Incognita in 2009 before disbanding that year. But in 2022, they announced a reunion show and have continued performing select dates ever since.

Beyond the Spotlight: An Advocate and Individual

Lewis is an animal advocate, working closely with organizations like PETA to support ethical animal treatment and create an environment where all living beings are respected, protected, and valued as sentient beings.

She has also spoken publicly on mental health awareness, challenging stigmas and encouraging others to seek assistance. After experiencing anxiety and depression herself, she often discusses self-care practices to assist others who may be experiencing difficulties.

Lewis uses her advocacy work to draw attention to the stigma associated with mental illness and encourage others to love themselves and take care of their emotional health. She is also an ardent proponent of gender equality, as well as fighting gender-based violence and discrimination against women.

Juliette Lewis stands up against injustice and inequality, advocating for racial equality, LGBTQ+ rights, immigrant rights, and other social justice causes. She also supports initiatives to safeguard our planet, including programs that help reduce carbon emissions and protect natural habitats.

Social Media

You can follow Juliette on Instagram, where she frequently shares updates, photos, and behind-the-scenes glimpses into her life and career. Her feed showcases travel photos taken around the world, moments shared with family and friends, promotional posts for projects she is involved with, as well as upcoming shows.

She uses Twitter to express personal and professional thoughts, opinions, and updates about her professional endeavors. Here, she shares her stances on political and social issues and promotes causes that matter to her personally. Lewis frequently interacts with fans by retweeting messages they send in and participating in conversations on various subjects.

Juliette maintains an active presence on Facebook, where she shares updates about her work, personal reflections, and photos with fans. You can also subscribe to her YouTube channel and explore her captivating music videos, electrifying live performances, and intimate interviews.

Upcoming Shows

Experience Juliette Lewis’ energetic live performance by attending her upcoming Los Angeles Teragram Ballroom show. Get ready for an unforgettable concert experience in this renowned venue, known for its intimate ambience and stellar acoustics!

Event Details
  • Date: February 28, 2024
  • Time: Doors open at 7 p.m.; show starts at 8 p.m.
  • Venue: Teragram Ballroom, 1234 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90017
  • Price: $35 advance, $40 day of show
  • Age Restriction: All ages allowed

Stay informed about dates and locations of performances by visiting her website and checking her socials for news, events, and merchandise.

Band Members – Jason Morris, Jason Womack, Juliette Lewis, Kemble Walters, Patty Schemel, Paul III, Todd Morse

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