Place of Birth: Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Date of Birth: January 23, 1981
African-American, possibly other (father)
possibly English (mother)
Julia Jones is an American actress. She is known for playing Leah Clearwater, a Native American character, in the Twilight series.
Julia’s father is Frank N. Jones, a lawyer and political figure in Massachusetts. He has often been publicly identified as an African-American. It appears that Julia’s mother is white.
Julia has said: “My dad is part Choctaw, Chickosaw and African American. I didn’t realize the significance of not being white until I moved to LA”.
She has also stated:
I’m part Chickasaw and Choctaw, but I’m a multi-[ethnic] person. That’s just a part of my identity. I’ve been playing Native roles for a long time, a very long time. [“Twilight” is].. an opportunity to portray a group of people who are not portrayed very frequently and very accurately at all in the media. And I cherish that. I think that there should be more roles for Native actors in contemporary pieces, and it’s an important part of who I am.
She has also said: “I’m a Native American actress.”
It is not clear if this Choctaw Native American and Chickasaw Native American ancestry has been verified/documented.
Julia has a degree in English from the Columbia University, which she attended after graduating from the Boston Latin School in Massachusetts.
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