Whether you’ve seen the film “Forrest Gump” or not, you have probably at least once heard the phrase: ‘Run, Forrest! Run!’ Did you know that the sweet little girl who said it also acted in Rob Zombie’s “Halloween”? How much do you actually know about Hanna R. Hall?
Early life and Family
Hanna Rose Hall was born on 9 July 1984, in Denver, Colorado USA. She and her family moved to the mountainside when she was two, but they remained in Colorado where she attended the Colorado Rocky Mountain high school. After matriculating, she briefly moved to Hawaii, US, and then to Los Angeles, California US.
She finally settled in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, where she enrolled at Vancouver Film School.
Hall attended an open casting call held by Nina Axelrod, for the famous Robert Zemeckis’ film “Forrest Gump”. She landed the role of young Jenny Curran, and appeared next to big names such as Tom Hanks and Robin Wright; when the movie premiered in 1994, she was only 10 years old. The movie followed Forrest Gump, an Alabama man with an IQ of 75, whose biggest goal in life was to be reunited with his childhood crush, Jenny, and was based upon the novel by Winston Groom – it won six Oscars.
According to the Internet Movie Data base (IMDb), “Forrest Gump” is considered to be the 12th top-rated movie of all time.
Known as the little girl who yelled the famous quote: ‘Run, Forrest! Run!’ Hanna won a Young Artist Award in the category of Actress Under Ten in a Motion Picture in 1995, for her contribution to this movie.
The following year, Hanna starred as Goldi in the comedy film “Goldilocks and the Three Bears”. In 1996, she portrayed Samantha, the daughter of Faith Ford’s character, in the TV film “Her Desperate Choice”, and appeared as Maybeth Tilleman in another TV movie, “Homecoming”.
In 1999 she acted in Sofia Coppola’s “The Virgin Suicides”, a movie adaptation of Jeffrey Eugenides’ novel – she screen-tested for one of the main roles, Lux Lisbon, but was deemed too young for the role. Eventually, she landed the role of Cecilia Lisbon, while Lux was portrayed by Kirsten Dunst.
In 2001, she co-starred alongside Elisabeth Shue in the drama film “Amy and Isabelle”, and in 2004 she portrayed Bess in the short film “Jail Bait”. The following year she starred in another short film, “Edward Cole”, and in 2006 was a part of “White Picket Fence”. That same year she made a guest appearance as Rose Anders in “Standoff”, starring Ron Livingston and Rosemarie DeWitt, and portrayed Samantha in Nathan Drillot’s “Bright Lights”.
Continuing with her steady and consistent appearances, in 2007 Hall portrayed Judith Myers, sister and the first victim of her brother Michael Myers, in Rob Zombie’s rendition of the famous horror film “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 in 2009 portrayed Georgia in “American Cowslip”, in which she appeared alongside Val Kilmer, Cloris Leachman and Diane Ladd. 2010 was a successful year for her too, as she portrayed 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”.
Don’t forget to watch me on the season premiere of #MastersOfSex this Sunday at 10pm! pic.twitter.com/1Us7XN1i3e
— Hanna Hall (@HallHanna) July 8, 2015
In 2011, she co-starred alongside Margo Martindale and Adam Scarimbolo in the crime film “Scalene”, and the following year appeared in sci-fi short film “Hawken”, as well as in the horror film “Visible Scars”. She also made a guest appearance as Connie Foster in the hit TV crime series “Criminal Minds”. That same year, Hall became a theatre director, specializing in underground plays in Venice, California.
In 2013, Hall appeared in the short comedy film “The Meeting Place”, and in 2017 in the short horror film, “Another Skin”. Her latest appearance on the big screen was in the following year in “Dying for the Crown”.
As of June 2020, Hall’s last TV appearance was in an episode of horror TV series “The Purge”, in the episode called “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”.
For a short while, she dated her fellow actor, Gustavo Carr, who is known for his appearances in films such as “Bring It On: All or Nothing”, “East Los High” and “Shameless”.
She was also in a relationship with actor Brett Kelly, who appeared in titles such as “Bad Santa”, “Unaccompanied Minors” and “Trick ‘r Treat”. However, it isn’t disclosed whether or not the two continued their relationship or if they broke 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 over 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 such as some other child stars, she was still in several famous movies and TV series. As of June 2020, her net worth is estimated at around $400,000.
Hall is considered to be a beautiful woman by many. She has brown hair and bright green eyes. She is 5ft 6ins (1.67m) tall, with an unknown weight, but it’s easy to see that she has average weight for her height, and a trim figure.