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EST 2016 | your ultimate source for all things Maika Monroe
I Heart Maika
EST 2016 | your ultimate source for all things Maika Monroe
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WHAT with the economy and terrorism and the general all-round buffoonery of Donald Trump (if the school bully ran for office …) there are questions that have so far not been discussed by the candidates in this year’s presidential nomination campaigns.

For example, do the candidates believe in aliens, what would their response to alien contact be and how does a wall protect you from extra-terrestrial invasion? (A dome maybe. But could you get the little green – or blue or purple or polka-dotted – men to pay for it?)

Fortunately, when Fox News lets you down, there is at least Hollywood to pick up the slack. This summer’s tent pole film is Independence Day: Resurgence, a 20-years-after-the-event sequel to the original 1996 alien invasion movie (a hugely noisy, hugely successful combination of destruction – it’s the one in which they blew up the White House – and American exceptionalism).

The sequel is almost upon us. What can we expect? At time of writing, the film company is keeping things very close to its chest but if the trailer is anything to go by we can look forward to Bill Pullman looking very beardy, Jeff Goldblum being all Jeff Goldblumy and explosions. Lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots of explosions. Is that London blowing up? It certainly looks like it.

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Maika Monroe is going from “scream queen” to big-budget screen.

The 23-year-old actress made her film debut in 2012 alongside Zac Efron in “At Any Price,” and has since made a name for herself in indie horror flicks “The Guest” and “It Follows.” Now, she’s starring in her first summer blockbuster: “Independence Day: Resurgence.” The movie, reportedly made with a $200 million budget, marks her biggest role yet. Monroe plays a now-grown-up Patricia Whitmore, the first daughter of the President of the U.S. in the original 1996 film.

We caught up with Monroe before “Resurgence’s” Friday release to talk about working on a studio movie, acting alongside Liam Hemsworth, and what she’s working on next. With six movies already in post-production, expect to see a lot more of this up-and-comer.

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Super cool. Badass. Kickass. These are just a few of the adjectives that Maika Monroe often uses in casual conversation. They’re also completely appropriate descriptors to use for the 22-year-old nationally-ranked-kiteboarder-turned-bonafide-leading-woman as well. Hailing from Santa Barbara, Calif., Monroe is just getting started in her quest to carve out her place as a young actress in Hollywood, and she’s doing it with remarkable proficiency. A cursory glance at her IMDb page boasts an embarrassment of riches in both directors (Sofia Coppola, Jason Reitman) and actors (Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, Zac Efron) with whom she’s already collaborated. Most important, Maika Monroe is making power moves on her own terms.

After a spate of minor roles in projects like At Any Price and The Bling Ring, Monroe watched her star power explode in 2014 after the one-two punch of Adam Wingard’s pop home-invasion thriller The Guest and David Robert Mitchell’s chilling sexual terror tale It Follows. The former became an instant cult hit while the latter not only rejuvenated the art house horror genre—paving the way for films like Goodnight Mommy and The Witch—but also grossed tenfold its $2 million budget. Monroe became instantly celebrated for her impressive acting chops and her eye for smart scripts that feature powerful, multi-faceted female characters.

This summer, the actress is out to prove her range, transitioning from indie darling to blockbuster boss in this summer’s highly anticipated Independence Day: Resurgence, in which she plays Patricia Whitmore, the daughter of the former president, played by Bill Pullman. It’s Monroe’s first step into the mainstream, but also proof that she’s up for anything. Think that Monroe is ready to settle for the “scream queen” label? Think again.

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The 23-year-old former athlete, who got her big break in 2014’s Sundance hit ‘It Follows,’ is making the leap to tentpole with a role in ‘Resurgence.’

Up until age 17, Maika Monroe glided across a different shimmering surface than the big screen. The Santa Barbara native was living in the Dominican Republic as a top-ranked professional kiteboarder, an extreme sport that looks something like snowboarding on water. For years, Monroe had been sending out mostly ignored audition tapes to casting agents. But in 2011, she received a call about playing Zac Efron’s love interest in the family drama At Any Price. She landed the role, and her future quickly changed course. A bit part in The Bling Ring and a showy role in The Guest followed before she nabbed the lead in the Sundance horror breakout It Follows. Now, she’s making the leap to tentpole with Fox’s Independence Day: Resurgence (June 24), playing former First Daughter Patricia Whitmore. Though she’s largely shelved the board and sunblock, she still gets out on the water between roles (“It really helps me stay sane,” she says.) The actress spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about who she bonded with most on set, the perils of Hollywood and whether or not we’ve been visited by ETs.

How has kiteboarding helped you as an actress?

It taught me determination, working hard for something. There’s lots of discipline. I enjoy roles that are quite physical. That was really fun with Independence Day, being a fighter pilot, kicking some ass.

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Gallery Updates

The world premiere of Maika Monroe’s new movie Independence Day: Resurgence was yesterday and the I Heart Maika gallery has been updated with the first batch of high quality photos. Keep checking back as more will be added as they’re found.

Related Links:
– Public Appearances > Events in 2016 > June 20 | ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’ Premiere




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Today is Maika’s 23rd birthday and the staff of I Heart Maika wishes her all the best and hopes she has a wonderful, joyous day.

Today also marks the official grand opening of the web’s newest Maika fansite: I Heart Maika. The site is a work in progress but be sure to bookmark us and keep coming back as we’ll be adding thousands of high quality and high definition photos and screencaptures to the gallery in the coming weeks.




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