Maika Monroe –

Monroe in The Scent of Rain and Lightning.

About Maika Monroe (1993 – ____)

Maika Monroe was born Dillon Monroe Buckley in Santa Barbara, California, the daughter of Dixie, a sign language interpreter, and Jack Buckley, who works in construction. She later changed her first name to "Maika", by which she had already been publicly called for most of her life.

In April 2012, Monroe signed up for the drama film Labor Day, an adaptation of the novel of the same name. She played Mandy, a farm girl who has a romance with a young man and eventually becomes his wife and the mother of his child. In June 2013, she joined the cast of the psychological thriller film The Guest. In 2014, she starred as Jay in the horror film It Follows, which became a cult hit and secured Monroe's status as a scream queen. In 2016, she co-starred in the invasion thriller film The 5th Wave, based on the novel of the same name. Monroe also co-starred in the 2016 movie Independence Day: Resurgence, the sequel to Independence Day (1996), playing former First Daughter Patricia Whitmore.

Maika Monroe's movie credits include...

Year Movie Role
2012At Any PriceCadence Farrow
2013The Bling RingBeach Girl
2013Labor DayMandy
2013Flying MonkeysJoan
2014The GuestAnna Peterson
2014It FollowsJay Height
2015Echoes of WarAbigail Riley
2016The 5th WaveRinger
2016Independence Day: ResurgencePatricia Whitmore
2017Hot Summer NightsMcKayla Strawberry
2017The Scent of Rain and LightningJody Linder
2017The Tribes of Palos VerdesMedina
2017FeltJoan Felt
2017I'm Not HereKaren

Memorable Quotes by Maika Monroe

“ I started kiteboarding when I was 13. My dad was a kiteboarder, and I begged him to teach me until he finally agreed. He made me wait because it can be dangerous. ”

“ I'm working on a movie called Labor Day (2013) with Kate Winslet while still balancing kiteboarding. Being an actress and an athlete is a challenge, but I'm excited to see what happens. ”

“ I've seen so many scripts, and I want to do everything. Like with kiteboarding, you have to be fearless. I'm not scared. ”

“ Acting is such a crazy industry, but kiteboarding keeps me grounded. ”

“ With kiting you have to land a trick, and in that instant you know whether you won or lost — I knew I could become the best in the world if I trained. But with acting, there are different variations; there's not a right or wrong way. It's so hard because it's so out of your hands. I have no idea what's going to happen! ”

“ My goal is to continue to act and still be a professional kiteboarder. ”

Things You May Not Know About Maika Monroe

Some of her favorite horror films include The Shining (1980), Halloween (1978) and A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984).

Her first paid acting gig was in a commercial for Pizza Hut.

Once had her own clothing line called Airbound Apparel while she was training for kiteboarding in the Dominican Republic city of Cabarete, and most of the proceeds went to the local charities. What inspired her to begin the line was the children she had met and become close with while practicing kiteboarding.

She is also a professional kiteboarder.

After seeing her performances in The Guest (2014) and It Follows (2014), many fans and film enthusiasts have come to consider Maika a 'Scream Queen' of the current generation, though Maika isn't a fan herself of the label.

She has a major phobia about knives.

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Maika Monroe in The Scent of Rain and Lightning (2017)... top picture with Bonnie Bedelia.
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Monroe in The Guest (2014)... middle picture with Brendan Meyer.
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Monroe in The 5th Wave (2016)... first and third pictures with Nick Robinson.
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Monroe in her most prominent role to date, in It Follows (2014)...
top picture with Lili Sepe and Daniel Zovatto... third picture
with Keir Gilchrist, Lili Sepe, Olivia Luccardi, and Daniel Zovatto.
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In Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)... bottom picture with Jeff Goldblum.
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In Echoes of War (2015)... Third picture with Rhys Wakefield...
bottom picture with James Badge Dale, Ethan Embry, and Owen Teague.
In Bokeh (2017).
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Maika Monroe in At Any Price (2012)... top picture with
Zac Efron... middle picture with Kim Dickens.