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For her first film role she starred alongside Jude Law and Claire Danes in I Love You, I Love You Not, and was dubbed "the darling of the 1998 Sundance Film Festival." In 1999 she bagged the lead in 10 Things I Hate About You which resulted in her doing something we can only dream of, kissing Heath Ledger (major jel). She starred in Down to You with Freddie Prinze Jr., Save the Last Dance with Sean Patrick Thomas, and won the 'Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress.' But what happened to the sweetheart of '90s and early '00s high school movies, ?

It's possible that she's become so tied to her roles as Kat Stratford et al in our nostalgic teen favorites that many forget that she's still very much active in Hollywood. Wiped that from your memory? Then here's a refresher.

'Save the Last Dance' [Credit: Paramount Pictures]
'Save the Last Dance' [Credit: Paramount Pictures]

Julia Stiles, This Is Your Life

While her career continued on a steady incline after Save the Last Dance, starring in compelling dramas The Business of Strangers, Mona Lisa Smile and the The Omen remake, Stiles's most notable role to date occurred only one year later, with the portrayal of the primary heroine Nicky Parson in the Bourne series.

Duh! Bet you're kicking yourself for forgetting that one, eh? And, she even reprised her role as Nicky Parson in 2016's Jason Bourne (trailer above).

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Somewhere between 2006 and 2007, Stiles made her writing and directorial debut in collaboration with Elle Magazine. She created a pretty cool short named Raving, which starred Zooey Deschanel and premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. Check it out:

Then in 2010 came the real left-fielder, when she popped up in the fifth season of Dexter as Dexter's saved-rape-victim-cum-murder-target-cum-side-kick-cum-love-interest, Lumen Pierce. That was pretty crazy, but it worked. But then she got over her need to kill and left Dexter on his own again, and that was the end of that. Apart from earning Emmy and Golden Globe nominations, obvs.

'Dexter' [Credit: CBS]
'Dexter' [Credit: CBS]

In 2012 Stiles had a supporting role in Silver Linings Playbook and has since appeared in the web series Blue, The Mindy Project, 11:55, Inside Amy Schumer, Misconduct, The Great Gilly Hopkins, the aforementioned Jason Bourne, and The Drowning.

And, she got engaged in 2016!

Stiles's fiancé is camera assistant Preston J. Cook, whose most recent gig was working with Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant. Clearly, alongside having a pretty cool job, he's got crackin' taste in jewelry (and women, obviously), 'cause TWIT TWOO in that ring's general direction.

Next up on Stile's slate is Riviera, a TV show in which she'll star as a millionaire widower called Georgina whose husband has just been offed in a yacht explosion. After his death, she comes face-to-face with his shady AF past and must turn to violent means to protect her family. Game Of Thrones's Iwan Rheon is in it, too — here's hoping he's as much of an asshole in this as he was playing Ramsay Bolton. Check out the trailer below:

Riviera will drop on Sky Atlantic at some point this year (2017).

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(Sources: Wikipedia, IMDb, Huffington Post)


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