MAIKA MONROE has clearly demonstrated her promise as a young
actress with the ability to easily cross between genres with her rising
international appeal. Her riveting performances proved successful when she was
named one of Variety's "10 Actors to Watch" for 2015 after her breakout role in
David Robert Mitchell's It Follows.
Monroe will next star in the coming-of-age story Hot Summer Nights, opposite
Timothee Chalamet, as Makayla, a Cape Cod 90's summer dream girl with a dark
side. An original Black List script, Hot Summer Nights was released by A24
theatrically in July 2018 after premiering at the 2017 SXSW film festival.
Later this year, Monroe will star in Hannah Marks' directorial debut After
Everything, opposite Jeremy Allen White. After Everything premiered at the 2018
SXSW Film Festival and is a coming-of-age film about a young woman who falls in
love with a boy diagnosed with cancer.
Continuing her desire to diversify her career with interesting projects,
Maika signed on earlier this year to star in the comedic thriller Villains,
opposite Bill Skarsgard. She recently wrapped filming on Honey Boy opposite
Lucas Hedges and Shia LeBeouf, and will next begin filming The Education of
Frederick Fitzell this summer opposite Dylan O'Brien, for director Christopher
In 2017, Monroe starred in the drama The Scent of Rain and Lighting, which
followed the story of a young woman who learned her parent's killer has been
released from jail. She also co-starred in IFC's adaptation of Joy Nicholson's
young adult novel The Tribes of Palos Verdes alongside Jennifer Garner, was seen
in SPC's Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House opposite Liam
Neeson and Diane Lane, and appeared in the indie drama I'm Not Here, opposite
J.K. Simmons and Mandy Moore. Additionally, she starred in the sci-fi drama
Bokeh, opposite Matt O'Leary.
Monroe's other notable credits include her role in Roland Emmerich's 2016 film
Independence Day: Resurgence as Patricia Whitmore, the daughter of the President
of the United States and Liam Hemsworth's love interest. That same year she
played "Ringer" in Sony's film adaptation of Rick Yancey's novel The 5th Wave,
opposite Chloe Grace Moretz and Liev Schreiber. This followed her breakout
leading role in the horror film It Follows, which was nominated for a 2016
Critics Choice Award for Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie.
Prior, she starred in the psychological thriller The Guest, which made its
debut at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and went on to screen at the 2014
Toronto International Film Festival.
She first exploded onto the scene in 2012 in the drama At Any Price, starring
opposite Zac Efron and Dennis Quaid. Set in an Iowa farming community, the film
debuted to rave reviews at the Venice, Toronto, and Telluride Film Festivals.
Among its kudos, The Hollywood Reporter noted the limited roles for women in
rural communities "examined with intelligence through subtle work from...lovely
newcomer Maika Monroe as [Efron's] girlfriend Cadence." Following this success,
she was featured opposite Josh Brolin and Kate Winslet in the drama Labor Day,
written and directed by Jason Reitman.
n addition to her blossoming film career, the Santa Barbara, California
native was also one of the top-ranked female kite boarders in the world. She has
competed on a global level for a half-dozen years and took second place at the
2012 Red Bull International Big Air Style competition. With acting taking up
most of her time these days, Monroe strives to keep one foot in Hollywood and
one in the sand.