* Julia Stiles began her career at the La Mama Theater & the Kitchen Theater in New York. She appeared in the plays "Matthew: School of Life, " and "The Sandalwood Box."
* Julia appeared in a number of small parts in films before gaining nationwide attention in the NBC mini-series "The '60's."
* A talented writer, Julia co-wrote "The Anarchist's Daughter, " a script that was included in the Sundance Institute's Writers Lab.
* In 1999, Julia graduated from New York's Professional Children's School, which prepares students for careers in the arts.
* Her breakthrough role was the 1999 hit teen comedy "10 Things I Hate About You". She starred alongside Australia's Heath Ledger.
* In 1999 she dated her "10 Things I Hate About You" co-star Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
* In 1999 Julia was chosen as one of Teen People Magazine's "21 Hottest Stars Under 21".
* In August 2000 Julia began attending Columbia University.
* It is interesting to note that Julia has been in three remakes of Shakespeare plays: 10 Things I Hate About You (The Taming of The Shrew), O (Othello) & Hamlet (Hamlet).
* 2001 was a big year for Julia Stiles. She was voted one of People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People and starred in one of the most popular films of the year, the teen dance musical "Save The Last Dance". The film was made on a budget of only $13 million but grossed over $80 million in the US alone. "Save The Last Dance" established Julia as a major Hollywood actress.
* After completing her work on "Save the Last Dance", she signed up with Habitat for Humanity International, an organization that builds homes for needy people.
* In 2001 Julia auditioned for the role of Mary Jane in Spider-Man, but unfortunatley for her the part went to "Bring It On's" Kirsten Dunst.
* Also in 2001 it was rumoured that Julia Stiles dated Dawson's Creek star Joshua Jackson.
* In 2003 Julia starred with Selma Blair & Jason Lee in the romantic comedy "A Guy Thing". Julia earned a reported $4 million for the role. Also in 2003, Julia Stiles will star alongside Julia Roberts & Kirsten Dunst in the Mike Newell comedy "Mona Lisa Smile".