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Q’orianka Kilcher Bio
Q’orianka Kilcher (born February 11, 1990) is a Germany-born American actress, singer, and activist. She is best known for her role as Pocahontas in the 2005 film The New World, directed by Terrence Malick. Her second memorable film role is Kaʻiulani in Princess Kaiulani.
At the age of nine, Kilcher was cast as “Choire Who” in Ron Howard‘s How the Grinch Stole Christmas. She was 12 when she received a full scholarship to the Hollywood Musician Institute, where she studied vocal performance, music theory and song-writing. She is an accomplished Blackbelt in Wushu, Kung Fu and a Stunt performer and has trained at the National Wushu Training Center and Impact Stunts.
At 14, Q’orianka emerged into the front ranks of young actors with her portrayal of Pocahontas opposite Colin Farrell and Christian Bale in director Terrence Malick Academy Award-nominated motion picture, The New World (2005). Her performance was critically acclaimed and won her the National Board of Review‘s best breakthrough performance of 2006, the 2006 Alma Award for best Latin American actress in a feature film, numerous other award nominations. The film was released in December 2005 to mixed reviews. The film was a critical success, receiving several positive reviews and award nominations, but it was shown in only 811 theatres worldwide. It yielded a relatively low box office gross.
In the summer of 2006, Kilcher began filming the independent film The Power of Few, which she produced through her own production company, Entertainment On-Q. She played the title role in the feature film Princess Kaiulani. The film, about the United States’ overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy, was released in May 2010 to negative reviews. However, Kilcher received positive feedback for her role, with Roger Ebert writing that “she evokes great depth and sympathy in her role and seems to have created Kaiulani from the inside out.”
In 2009, Kilcher performed in The People Speak, a documentary feature film that uses dramatic and musical performances of the letters, diaries, and speeches of common people in the U.S., based on historian Howard Zinn‘s “A People’s History of the United States“.
In 2010, Kilcher played Pinti in the family drama “Shouting Secrets“, a feature film by Korinna Sehringer, starring Chaske Spencer, Tyler Christopher, Tonantzin Carmelo, Gil Birmingham, Tantoo Cardinal and Rodney A. Grant. The film won Best Film at the 36th American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco and got Kilcher a nomination for best supporting actress.
In 2010, Kilcher portrayed Kerrianne Larkin, daughter of Chibs Telford and Fiona Larkin in the television series Sons of Anarchy.