Julia Stiles’ career was on fire in the late ’90s and early aughts, as the actress was coming off of a star-making turn as Kat Stratford, a smart, bold, feminist teenager in the hit teen comedy "10 Things I Hate About You." The film catapulted Stiles into stardom, but she stood out among her peers by choosing subsequent roles in Shakespearian films like "O" and "Hamlet" and the interracial love story "Save the Last Dance." The versatile actress was careful about the parts she chose as she rose the ranks of Hollywood, and, after cementing her status as the "thinking teenager’s movie goddess," the star took a hiatus from Hollywood to pursue a college degree.
As Stiles entered adulthood, she found that it became tougher to find roles well-suited for her. However, Stiles further secured her place in Hollywood in 2019, when she landed the part of a journalist in the Jennifer Lopez-led film Hustlers, which has been hailed by critics as an empowering female heist drama. While the actress continues her re-emergence in film and TV, let’s take a look back at her career. This is the untold truth of Julia Stiles.