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.
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”.
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”.
— Hanna Hal (@HallHanna) July 8, 2015
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”.
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.
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.
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.
|First and last name||Hannah R. Hall|
|Date of birth||July 9, 1984|
|Birthplace||Denver, Colorado, United States|
|Education||Colorado Rocky Mountain School, Vancouver Film School, Colorado Rocky Mountain School, Vancouver Film School|
|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, …|
|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.|
|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|
|Radio Free Albemuth||2010||Vivian Kaplan|
|Happiness is running||2010||Becky|
|A numbers game||2010||Carly|
|American primrose||2009||Georgia (as Hanna R. Hall)|
|The truth about faces||2007||Short||Jules Whitfield|
|Neal Cassady||2007||Sophie Bloom (as Hanna R. Hall)|
|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)|
|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)|
|Batgirl: Spoiled||2012-2013||Deputy Director TV series – 2 episodes|
|There will be brawl||2009-2010||Deputy Director TV series – 2 episodes|
|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|
|Rubicon: the beginning||2014||Video production assistant|
|Grasshopper||2006||Assistant production of hotkeys|
|Travel House||2016||thanks completed|
|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)|
|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)|
|1997||prize for young artists||Prizes for young artists||Best Performance in a TV Movie/Home Video – Young Ensemble||Homecoming (1996)|