Willa Holland is known for her roles as Kaitlin Cooper in the Fox teen drama The O.C., Agnes Andrews in The CW series Gossip Girl, Aqua in Kingdom Hearts, and Thea Queen / Speedy in Arrow.
Born Name Willa Joanna Chance Holland
Nick Name Willa
Occupation Actress, fashion model
Years active 2001–present
Born June 18, 1991, 29, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Sun Sign Gemini
Height 5 ft 7 in or 170 cm
Hair Color Light Brown
Eye Color Green
Measurements 32-25-33 in or 81-61-84 cm
Bra size 32B
Willa was enrolled in the Kenter Canyon Elementary School in Los Angeles, California. She, later went to Paul Revere Charter Middle School.
For higher education, she attended Palisades Charter High School, but for a short time.
Father – Keith Holland (Cinematographer)
Mother – Darnell Gregorio-De Palma (Actress)
Siblings – Brianna Holland (Older Sister) (born 1988), Piper De Palma (Younger Half-Sister) (born 1996)
Others – Brian De Palma (Film Director)
Holland was born in Los Angeles to cinematographer Keith Holland and actress Darnell Gregorio-De Palma.
Her mother was remarried to director Brian De Palma from 1995–97.
She grew up with two sisters: Brianna Holland (b. 1988) and Piper De Palma (b. 1996).
Holland attended Palisades Charter High School for only six weeks because her career was taking off and school peers were dismissive of her acting pursuits.
At age seven, Holland was playing at her stepfather’s neighbor’s house in The Hamptons, New York.
The neighbor, Steven Spielberg, was filming home videos and told Holland’s parents, “You’ve got to put her in front of a camera.”
Upon returning to Los Angeles that September, Holland signed with Ford Modeling Agency at age seven, and immediately booked a shoot for Burberry.
She has modeled for Guess, Gap, Abercrombie & Fitch and Ralph Lauren.
The following year, 1999, De Palma took Holland to a theatrical talent agency.
Since then she has appeared in many national commercials.
During 2001 when Holland was ten, she worked alongside her cinematographer father in Ordinary Madness.
She was even slated to co-star in the 2005 Fox series The Inside with fellow model Rachel Nichols, but left the show when writer Tim Minear was brought in to overhaul it.
She initially played the role of Kaitlin Cooper on The O.C., replacing Shailene Woodley, as a recurring character in season 3, but then as a regular in season four.
In December 2007, Holland was cast in the independent drama film Garden Party, playing the role of April, a troubled teenage aspiring model who tries to make it in Los Angeles.
In September 2008, The CW announced Holland would appear in three episodes of the second season of the teen-drama television series Gossip Girl, created by The O.C. creator Josh Schwartz. Holland played the role of a rebellious 16-year-old model who befriends and creates havoc for Taylor Momsen’s character.
In March 2010 Holland made a one-off return in the 16th episode of the third season, “The Empire Strikes Jack,” which aired March 29, 2010.
In May 2010, Square Enix announced she would be voicing Aqua in the PlayStation Portable title, Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep, which was released on September 7, 2010 in North America.
That same year Holland starred in her first major studio film in the apocalyptic thriller film Legion playing the role of a bratty teenager.
She played teen-temptress Janice Heddon in the film Straw Dogs, a remake of the 1971 film of the same name. The film opened in September 2011.
In February 2012, Holland was cast in The CW action-adventure series Arrow, which is based on the Green Arrow comic books, where she played Thea Queen / Speedy, the sister of Oliver Queen / Green Arrow.
She remained a regular cast member in the series until 2018, during the sixth season.
In the film Tiger Eyes released in April 2012, Holland starred as Davey Wexler. The film was based on the 1981 novel of the same name written by Judy Blume.
She is signed to Ford Modeling Agency for her modeling assignments.
She is obsessed with this musical instrument and plays it a lot.
She first bought ukulele when she was filming for the TV series Arrow. During her off days, she needed something to pass her time well. And, on a friend’s suggestion purchased this.
She has appeared in the advertising campaign of Burberry and many other national commercials, as a model such as Abercrombie & Fitch, Gap, Guess, Ralph Lauren, etc.
Best Known For
Playing Kaitlin Cooper in the Fox Network’s teen drama series The O.C. from 2006 to 2007. She had a recurring role in the third season and was upgraded and became the part of the main cast in the series’ fourth season. In totality, she appeared in 22 episodes.
She is also known for her role as Thea Queen (sister of Oliver Queen) in The CW’s superhero TV series Arrow since 2012.
She first appeared in the 2001 film Ordinary Madness for her role as Young Faye.
First TV Show
In 2005, Holland played the role as Kalla in an episode of HBO’s short lived TV show The Comeback.
Willa Holland Favorite Things
Food – Burger (From In-N-Out)
TV Show – South Park (1997-)
TV Character – Cartman (From South Park)
Snack – Milk cookies
Restaurant – In-N-Out in LA, USA
Willa Holland Facts
She has also lent her voice to video games series by the name Kingdom Hearts for her role as Aqua.
She can ukulele and is thinking to learn banjo.
Her mom is an actress and she also entered in this show business on the suggestion of film director Steven Spielberg.
She was the top child model in U.S. in the category of 7 to 11 years in the previous times.
She has graced the cover of Teen Vogue’s April 2007 issue.
Willa has a dog named Cruz.