Familiar to television audiences from her roles on The O.C. and Gossip Girl, Willa Holland is now starring on The CW’s Arrow. Holland plays Thea Queen, Oliver’s (Stephen Amell) younger sister, who recently skipped town with her father, Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman).
Audiences first fell in love with Holland when she took on the role of Kaitlin Cooper in the hit series The O.C in 2005. Since then, she has appeared in projects with some of the most established actors, including Susan Sarandon, Colin Firth, Catherine Keener and Paul Bettany. In 2008, Holland appeared as Susan Sarandon’s daughter, in director John Stockwell’s Middle of Nowhere. The movie also starred Anton Yelchin, and premiered at the 2008 Toronto Film Festival. Also in 2008, Holland starred alongside Colin Firth in Genova, for director Michael Winterbottom. The film tells the story of a father who, after the tragic death of his wife, takes his two daughters to Genova in search of new beginnings. Holland, who had never played piano before landing this role, learned to play a Chopin piece for the film.
Most recently, Holland appeared in Screen Gems’ supernatural action thriller, Legion, starring Paul Bettany. Additionally, she appeared in Straw Dogs, the reimagining of the 1971 film, which starred Dustin Hoffman. Rod Lurie wrote and directed the film, and Holland appeared alongside Alexander Skarsgard and James Marsden. Other projects include an arc on The CW’s Gossip Girl, and the starring role in the Judy Blume feature Tiger Eyes. This project was the first of the renowned author’s books to be turned in to a movie.