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Occupation  Actress
Education  Middlebury College
Role  Actress
Name  Julia Whelan
Years active  1996 – present

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Full Name  Julia May Whelan
Born  May 8, 1984 (age 31) (1984-05-08) Oregon, U.S.
Awards  Young Artist Award for Best Ensemble in a TV Series (drama or comedy) 2001 Once and Again
Movies and TV shows  Once and Again, Fifteen and Pregnant, Fading of the Cries
Similar People  Marshall Herskovitz, Brian Metcalf, Sam Pillsbury, Carrie Jones, Edward Zwick

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Julia May Whelan (born May 8, 1984) is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Grace Manning on the TV drama series Once and Again (1999-2002), and her co-starring role in the 2002 Lifetime Television movie, The Secret Life of Zoey. A noted child actor, Whelan first appeared on screen at the age of eleven, and continued to take television roles until her matriculation into Middlebury College in 2004; Whelan graduated magna cum laude from Middlebury in 2008 after spending the 2006-7 academic year as a visiting student at Lincoln College, Oxford. Whelan returned to film acting in November 2008 with a role in the fantasy thriller Fading of the Cries.


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Early life

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Julia May Whelan was born in Oregon on May 8, 1984. Her father was a firefighter and her mother a teacher. Whelan first acted in community theater at the age of five, and yearly trips to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon deepened her interest in an acting career. At age ten she began acting lessons with actor/screenwriter Geof Prysirr. Prysirr developed a close professional and personal relationship with Whelan, eventually becoming her guardian. Prysirr began escorting Whelan on trips to Los Angeles, where she soon found professional success.

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Whelan moved to L.A. with Prysirr and his wife, Days of Our Lives actress Derya Ruggles, where the three took up residence in a two bedroom apartment so that Whelan could advance her career. Whelan quickly began to win television roles, first appearing on screen in an April 8, 1996 episode of the drama series Nowhere Man.

Early acting career

Whelan was first introduced to a broader audience in the 1998 TV movie Fifteen and Pregnant as the younger sister of Kirsten Dunst, who portrayed the movie's pregnant protagonist. In 1999 Whelan landed the role for which she is currently best known, playing insecure teenager Grace Manning on the family drama Once and Again. The show cast Sela Ward and Billy Campbell as single parents trying to nurture a romance and eventually build a blended family together.

Once and Again was noted for the quality of its cast, particularly that of its younger cast members, who were noted for the sensitivity of their performances; the show featured them, giving them plot lines and screen time commensurate with those of the adult leads. Whelan, Meredith Deane, Shane West, and Evan Rachel Wood played the children of Ward and Campbell, respectively; Mischa Barton joined the show in its final season as Evan Rachel Wood's girlfriend. This lesbian storyline was dovetailed with an equally controversial plot involving Whelan's character in a doomed romance with her high school drama teacher "Mr. Dmitri", played by Eric Stoltz. Whelan, Deane, and Wood were recognized for their performances in April 2001, winning that year's Young Artist Award for Best Ensemble in a TV Series (Drama or Comedy); Whelan had been nominated on her own in March 2000 for Best Performance in a TV Drama Series - Supporting Young Actress.

After Once and Again wrapped up its three-year run in 2002, Whelan moved on to other projects. She co-starred in the 2002 Lifetime Television movie, The Secret Life of Zoey, as a model student struggling with a prescription drug addiction. Notable cast included co-star Mia Farrow portraying her mother, and Andrew McCarthy as her rehab counselor. The movie was promoted alongside Lifetime TV rebroadcasts of Once and Again. Whelan continued to take television roles through 2004, when she enrolled in Middlebury College.

Whelan spent the 2006-7 academic year as a visiting student at Lincoln College, Oxford. She returned to Middlebury for her senior year, graduating magna cum laude on May 25, 2008. Whelan earned highest departmental honors in English, and received the Henry B. Prickett English Prize for outstanding work in the English department.

Subsequent career

Whelan returned to film acting in November 2008, playing alongside Brad Dourif, Hallee Hirsh, Mackenzie Rosman and Thomas Ian Nicholas in the fantasy thriller Fading of the Cries. The heavily special-effects-laden Brian Metcalf feature was released in 2011.


Whelan has narrated many audiobooks, including Gillian Flynn's 2012 thriller Gone Girl. At the 2013 Audie Awards, Whelan won in the romance category for her narration of The Witness by Nora Roberts.


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