The Biography of Juno TempleJuno Violet Temple is an esteemed English actress, recipient of the 2013 BAFTA Rising Star Award, and honored with the Sitges International Film Festival Award in Catalonia for her captivating portrayal in the psychological thriller, "Magic Magic." Since her debut in the 2000 film "Pandaemonium," the promising British talent has amassed a repertoire of over forty cinematic works by 2018.
Her most notable performances include roles in "Black Mass," "The Three Musketeers," "The Other Boleyn Girl," "Maleficent," "Atonement," "Dirty Girl," as well as the television series "Ted Lasso." Critics affectionately dub the charming, unapologetic blonde as the "21st Century Lolita" and consider her the new muse of renowned film director Woody Allen.
ChildhoodJuno was born on July 21, 1989, in the Hammersmith district of London. Her mother, Amanda Pirie, is a producer, while her father, Julien Temple, is a film director known for an array of music videos and original projects featuring renowned British artists such as Sex Pistols, The Rolling Stones, Sade, The Kinks, and David Bowie. Juno's paternal aunt, Nina Temple, is a politician who led the Communist Party of Great Britain until 1990.
Her parents named her after a striking rock formation in the Grand Canyon, USA, which they had visited during Amanda's pregnancy, marveling at the natural wonder's extraordinary beauty. Soon after Juno's birth, the family relocated to the United States, where she spent her early years. In 1993, they returned to their homeland, settling in Taunton, a town in southwestern England. There, Juno gained two younger brothers: Leo, born in the same year, and Felix, born in 2000.
Juno grew up in a creative atmosphere, accompanying her father to the Glastonbury Festival on numerous occasions as he prepared material for his film "Glastonbury." She interacted with renowned actors and musicians, aspiring to dedicate her life to the arts.
As a young girl, Juno attended Enmore Primary School, followed by Bedales School, and later, King's College in Taunton.
Acting CareerInitially, Juno's film debut was slated to be a role in her father's 1998 film "Vigo: Passion for Life," a portrayal of French film director Jean Vigo, whom he revered as a mentor and esteemed as a great cinematic anarchist. However, her scenes were ultimately cut during editing.
Her second, more successful attempt at gracing the big screen occurred in 2000 when she turned 11. Juno portrayed Emma in the drama "Pandaemonium," which chronicled the friendship and betrayal between two Romantic poets, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth, and was also directed by her father. Following this experience, she announced her aspirations to become an actress, began taking acting lessons, and attended auditions, honing her creative abilities and accumulating experience.
In 2006, Juno appeared in "Notes on a Scandal," a film adaptation of Zoë Heller's eponymous novel, alongside Oscar-winning actresses Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett.
A year later, at the Venice Film Festival, the premiere of the wartime melodrama "Atonement" took place, starring James McAvoy and Keira Knightley. In this film, Juno portrayed the cousin of the main heroine who tragically falls victim to an assault. Critics at the time praised the budding actress's performance as "very impressive."
During the same period, Juno appeared in the comedic film "St. Trinian's," which chronicled life in a school for rebellious teenagers, where she played the Rastafarian character Celia. Simultaneously, she had to juggle her schoolwork with acting.
Interestingly, according to Juno, one of her school assignments was completed by her co-star Rupert Everett. Despite the British film star's efforts, the teachers awarded the assignment a mere satisfactory grade of C+ (equivalent to a three with a plus).
In 2007, the young actress also auditioned for the role of Luna Lovegood in "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," but the part ultimately went to Evanna Lynch.
In 2008, the British actress landed two roles: in the comedy "Wild Child," where the lead character was portrayed by Emma Roberts, and in the historical drama "The Other Boleyn Girl," in which she played Viscountess Rochford. In this project, her star-studded castmates included Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman, who played the Boleyn sisters vying for the heart of King Henry VIII, portrayed by actor Eric Bana.
In 2009, six films featuring Juno were released. She appeared in the biblical parody comedy "Year One," the dramas "Cracks" (where she brilliantly portrayed schoolgirl Di, who admired her teacher Miss G, played by French model and actress Eva Green), "Glorious 39," "Mr. Nobody," the sequel to "St. Trinian's," and the tragicomedy "Greenberg."
The following year marked the release of two feature comedies, "Kaboom" and "Dirty Girl," both starring Juno. In 2011, she portrayed Queen Anne in the adventure film "The Three Musketeers," based on the famous novel by Alexandre Dumas.
During the same period, the crime film with elements of black comedy "Killer Joe" was released, which many critics consider Juno's first real acting success. She portrayed Dottie, the sister of the central character, displaying incredible sensuality, unafraid to undress and seduce the assassin played by Matthew McConaughey. The film received a nomination for the top prize at the Venice Film Festival.
Following the success of this film, Juno began to land significantly more leading roles. For instance, she could be seen as the key character and her twin sister in the melodrama "Jack and Diane."
Juno was also entrusted with the central role in the film "The Brass Teapot," which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. Its plot is a modern interpretation of the fascinating story described in J.R.R. Tolkien's novel "The Lord of the Rings," with an object possessing magical power and granting fabulous wealth, but only if someone nearby felt pain.
Among Juno's works in 2012, it's worth mentioning the action film "The Dark Knight Rises," which ranked second in box office revenues for midnight screenings on its opening day in the US (after the fantasy film "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2"). She played Jen, a neighbor and friend of Catwoman, portrayed by Anne Hathaway.
In 2013, the biographical drama about American porn actress Linda Lovelace, "Lovelace," premiered, with Juno's co-stars being Amanda Seyfried and Sharon Stone.
In the same year, Juno, sometimes referred to by critics as an "actress of the gentlest charm," played a stripper turned nanny in the comedy-drama "Afternoon Delight." She then partnered with Daniel Radcliffe in the absurdist horror film "Horns" and performed a key role in the American-Chilean psychological drama "Magic Magic."
In 2014, Juno could be seen in the role of Thistlewit in the fantasy film "Maleficent" with Angelina Jolie, and in the movie "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" with Mickey Rourke and Jessica Alba.
In the following year, she appeared in four films: "Meadowland" with Luke Wilson and Olivia Wilde, "Len and Company" with Rhys Ifans, "Far from the Madding Crowd" with Carey Mulligan, and the drama "Black Mass" with Joel Edgerton and Johnny Depp.
Demonstrating her acting talent and wide range, Juno starred in the musical drama television series "Vinyl," created in 2016 under the guidance of Mick Jagger and Martin Scorsese.
During the same period, she played the lead role in the British drama "Away", which tells the story of a pretty orphan girl suffering from her boyfriend's aggressive behavior and accidentally meeting an elderly widower. He came to their coastal town where he was once happy with his wife to reminisce about the pleasant moments of his life and commit suicide. The encounter between the characters brought significant changes to their lives.
In 2017, the biopic "The Most Hated Woman in America" was released, about the leader of the organization "American Atheists" Madalyn Murray O'Hair (played by Melissa Leo), who initiated a high-profile court case as a result of which prayers were no longer read in American schools before classes. Temple played her granddaughter named Robin.
On December 1, 2017, the premiere of Woody Allen's dramatic film "Wonder Wheel" took place in the United States, timed to coincide with the director's birthday. The film depicts an emotional story of passion and feminine deceit. The action takes place on the luxurious Coney Island peninsula in New York and revolves around the carousel owner's wife, Ginny (Kate Winslet), who falls in love with a romantic beach lifeguard (Justin Timberlake), and her husband's daughter, a beauty caught in a complicated situation (played by Temple), who also has her eyes on this interesting man.
In 2018, the premiere of Steven Spielberg's horror-thriller "Unsane" took place, which is about a captive in a psychiatric hospital. Temple's co-stars in the film included Claire Foy, Joshua Leonard, and Jay Pharoah.
Personal Life of Juno TempleJuno Temple is not married. From mid-2014 to 2016, she lived in Los Feliz, a star-studded area of Los Angeles, together with American actor of Italian descent and Kristen Stewart's ex-boyfriend, Michael Angarano. They met on the set of the film "The Brass Teapot." According to journalists, their home was filled with vintage items and rare clutter. The couple broke up in 2016.
In her personal life, Juno is similar to her on-screen characters: innocent but wild and unpredictable girls, ready for incredible actions. In interviews, for example, she mentioned that she would sometimes meet her ex-boyfriend Michael at the airport wearing a coat directly on her naked body.
Juno Temple NowIn 2020, Juno Temple landed an important role in the TV series "Ted Lasso," filmed in a dramedy genre that was unusual for the actress. Jason Sudeikis, the lead actor and an old friend of Juno, sent her the script and suggested she try for the role of Keeley, a model, influencer, and WAG. "Famous for being almost famous," is how her character described herself in one of the episodes.
At first, Juno admitted, she thought Jason had made a mistake: "Because I'm definitely not known for comedic roles." However, Temple quickly realized that the series was not a trivial comedy but a deep work with lots of subtexts.
Jason was so patient with me, when almost every 10 minutes I would be like, “I don’t know how to make that funny.” He would say, “Don’t worry; you don’t have to. Just be you. Just be exactly as you would be as Keeley and it will all fall into place.” The writing is so extraordinary that you know the character you’re playing intimately. Everything on the show, from the costumes, to the makeup, to the production design, is all set up so beautifully that you’d have to be really bad at your job to f*ck it up.The kind-hearted series, with a profound moral message but devoid of the clichéd moral lessons, quickly gained popularity among viewers who genuinely loved all the key characters, including Keeley. In March 2023, the third season of "Ted Lasso" was released.
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