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Hanna R. Hall’s Wiki – aka Young Jenny from ‘Forrest Gump’

Known from movies


Whether you’ve seen the movie “Forrest Gump” or not, you’ve probably heard the line at least once: “Run, Forrest!” Walk!’ Did you know that the sweet little girl who said it also starred in Rob Zombie’s “Halloween”? How much do you really know about Hanna R. Hall?

Early life and family

Hanna Rose Hall was born on July 9, 1984 in Denver, Colorado, USA. She and her family moved to the mountainside when she was two, but they stayed in Colorado, where she attended Colorado Rocky Mountain High School. After her matriculation, she moved briefly to Hawaii, USA, and then to Los Angeles, California, USA.

She eventually settled in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, where she enrolled at the Vancouver Film School.

“Forest Gump”

Hall attended an open casting with Nina Axelrod for Robert Zemeckis’ famous film Forrest Gump. She landed the role of the young Jenny Curran and appeared alongside big names such as Tom Hanks and Robin Wright; when the film premiered in 1994, she was only 10 years old. The film followed Forrest Gump, an Alabama man with an IQ of 75, whose greatest goal in life was to be reunited with Jenny, his childhood sweetheart, and was based on the novel by Winston Groom – it won six Oscars.

According to the Internet Movie Database (IMDb), “Forrest Gump” is considered the 12th highest-rated movie of all time.

Known as the little girl who shouted the famous quote, “Run, Forrest!” Walk!’ Hanna won a 1995 Young Artist Award in the category of Actress Under Ten in a Motion Picture for her contribution to this film.


The following year, Hanna starred as Goldi in the comedy film “Goldilocks and the Three Bears”. In 1996, she played Samantha, the daughter of Faith Ford’s character, in the TV movie “Her Desperate Choice”, and appeared as Maybeth Tilleman in another TV movie, “Homecoming”.

Hannah R. Hall

In 1999, she starred in Sofia Coppola’s “The Virgin Suicides”, a film adaptation of the Jeffrey Eugenides novel – she did a screen test for one of the lead roles, Lux Lisbon, but was deemed too young for the part. In the end, she landed the role of Cecilia Lisbon, while Lux was played by Kirsten Dunst.

In 2001, she co-starred with Elisabeth Shue in the drama film “Amy and Isabelle”, and in 2004 she played Bess in the short film “Jail Bait”. The following year, she starred in another short film, “Edward Cole”, and in 2006 she was a part of “White Picket Fence”. That same year, she made a cameo appearance as Rose Anders in “Standoff”, starring Ron Livingston and Rosemarie DeWitt, and played Samantha in Nathan Drillot’s “Bright Lights”.

Continuing her steady and consistent performances, in 2007 Hall portrayed Judith Myers, sister and first victim of her brother Michael Myers, in Rob Zombie’s portrayal of the famous horror movie “Halloween”. That same year, she was cast in “Neal Cassady” and “The Truth About Faces”.

Hall starred as Sara in the 2008 horror film “Text” and played Georgia in “American Cowslip” in 2009, in which she appeared alongside Val Kilmer, Cloris Leachman and Diane Ladd. 2010 was also a successful year for her as she played Carly in James Van Alden’s “A Numbers Game”, Becky in Adam Sherman’s “Happiness Runs” and Vivian Kaplan in the sci-fi drama “Radio Free Albemuth”.

In 2011, she starred alongside Margo Martindale and Adam Scarimbolo in the crime movie “Scalene”, and the following year she appeared in the sci-fi short film “Hawken”, as well as the horror movie “Visible Scars”. She also made a cameo appearance as Connie Foster in the hit TV crime series ‘Criminal Minds’. That same year, Hall became a theater director specializing in underground plays in Venice, California.

In 2013, Hall appeared in the comedy short film “The Meeting Place” and in 2017 in the horror short film “Another Skin”. Her last appearance on the big screen was in “Dying for the Crown” the following year.

As of June 2020, Hall’s last TV appearance was in an episode of the horror TV series “The Purge”, in the episode “7:01 am”.

Private life

Hall states that two of her favorite movie directors are David Lynch and Billy Wilder. She is also a big fan of film noir.

She shares her birthday with Tom Hanks, her co-star on “Forest Gump”.

She briefly dated her fellow actor, Gustavo Carr, who is known for appearing in movies like “Bring It On: All or Nothing”, “East Los High” and “Shameless”.

She also dated actor Brett Kelly, who appeared in such titles as “Bad Santa”, “Unaccompanied Minors”, and “Trick ‘r Treat”. However, it has not been revealed if the two have continued their relationship or if they have broken up as they are rarely seen together in public.

Despite keeping most of her life private, Hall is active on Twitter, on which she has more than 20,000 followers. She also often shares her political views on that platform.

Net value

Hanna R. Hall started acting at a very young age and despite not achieving such prominent success as some other child stars, she still acted in several famous movies and TV series. As of June 2020, her net worth is estimated around $400,000.

Physical Characteristics

Hall is considered by many to be a beautiful woman. She has brown hair and bright green eyes. She is 5 ft 6 in (1.67 m) tall, with an unknown weight, but it is easy to see that she has an average weight for her height and a slim figure.

General information

First and last name Hannah R. Hall
Date of birth July 9, 1984
Birthplace Denver, Colorado, United States
Height 1.65m, 1.65m
Profession Actor, actor
Education Colorado Rocky Mountain School, Vancouver Film School, Colorado Rocky Mountain School, Vancouver Film School
Nationality American, American


Movies Forrest Gump, The Virgin Suicides, Halloween, Happiness Runs, Radio Free Albemuth, American Cowslip, Amy & Isabelle, A Numbers Game, Her Desperate Choice, Homecoming, Goldilocks And The Three Bears, Forrest Gump, The Virgin Suicides, Halloween, Happiness Runs , Radio Free Albemuth, American Cowslip, …

Links to social profiles


# Quote
1 [on being cast in Forrest Gump (1994)] My mother didn’t want to take me. It was a Sunday afternoon and she really didn’t want to go so I went with some friends and eventually Nina (Nina Axelrod) liked me. They called me back a few times and sent my tapes from Colorado to LA and finally they cast me.
2 My family moved to the mountains when I was two, and it was great. Colorado is so beautiful and I love going back there. The city can be hard to live in at times, but it’s nice to be able to go back and be in the great outdoors. I lived in Colorado until I was 18, then I went to Hawaii for school, then I lived in LA for a year, then I lived in Vancouver for a year, and now I’m back in LA.
3 [on The Virgin Suicides (1999)] We talked a lot about the oppression of being a woman at that time, specifically or in history. (The Lisbons) lived in a closed world and it was difficult for them to understand the bigger world if nobody wanted to show them. I think that’s the metaphor of why they do it.
4 What I like about Sunset Blvd. (1950) is that it says so much about the whole industry, the loss of dreams, and how people base their entire lives on this popularity or fame and beauty and eventually that fades away. And what do you have? I think that says a lot, and that’s what I don’t like about the industry.
5 [on working with Sofia Coppola] Sophie was great. She really listened to me and the rest of the cast when it came to working on the characters. She was also very shy and I was also very young. It was a great experience.





Title Year Status Character
Masters of Sex 2015 TV serials Linda Eihorn
The meeting place 2013 Short Miss Johnson Hobber
Criminal ghosts 2012 TV serials Connie Foster
Visible scars 2012 Becky Comfort
Hawks 2012 Video short Natalie
Dish 2011 Paige Alexander
Radio Free Albemuth 2010 Vivian Kaplan
Happiness is running 2010 Becky
A numbers game 2010 Carly
American primrose 2009 Georgia (as Hanna R. Hall)
Text 2008 Sarah
The truth about faces 2007 Short Jules Whitfield
Neal Cassady 2007 Sophie Bloom (as Hanna R. Hall)
Halloween 2007 Judith Myers
Bright lamps 2006 Short Samantha (as Hanna R. Hall)
keep distance 2006 TV serials Rose Anders
White wooden fence 2006 Short Sarah Durley (as Hanna R. Hall)
Edward Cole 2005 Short Crystal
Prison bait 2004 Short Bess (as Hanna R. Hall)
Amy & Isabella 2001 TV movie Amy Goodrow (as Hanna R. Hall)
The Virgin Suicides 1999 Cecilia Lisbon
Her desperate choice 1996 TV movie Samantha, Jody’s daughter (as Hanna R. Hall)
Homecoming 1996 TV movie Maybe Tillerman
Goldilocks and the Three Bears 1995 Gold
Forest Gump 1994 Young Jenny Curran (as Hanna R. Hall)

Assistant director

Title Year Status Character
Batgirl: Spoiled 2012-2013 Deputy Director TV series – 2 episodes
There will be brawl 2009-2010 Deputy Director TV series – 2 episodes

Camera department

Title Year Status Character
The watch 2009 Short second assistant camera
American primrose 2009 camera intern
Neal Cassady 2007 camera intern – as Hanna R. Hall
Noel 2006 Short assistant camera


Title Year Status Character
Rubicon: the beginning 2014 Video production assistant
Grasshopper 2006 Assistant production of hotkeys

Thank you

Title Year Status Character
Travel House 2016 thanks completed


Title Year Status Character
Making a dream: behind the scenes 2011 Documentary short herself
Observing reality: making scalene 2011 Documentary herself
TEXT: Behind the scenes 2008 Video documentary short herself
The horror dog 2007 Video documentary herself
Through the eyes of Forrest Gump 1994 Documentary about TV movies Herself / Young Jenny Curran (uncredited)


Awards won

Year Price Ceremony Presentation Movie
2010 Best Actress Beverly Hills Film Festival Happiness Runs (2010)
2010 Golden Palm award Beverly Hills Film Festival Best Actress Happiness Runs (2010)
1995 prize for young artists Prizes for young artists Best Performance by an Actress Under Ten in a Motion Picture Forrest Gump (1994)

Nominated awards

Year Price Ceremony Presentation Movie
1997 prize for young artists Prizes for young artists Best Performance in a TV Movie/Home Video – Young Ensemble Homecoming (1996)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia


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