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Maika Monroe
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Monroe in 2016
Dillon Monroe Buckley

(1993-05-29) May 29, 1993 (age 25)
Santa Barbara, California, U.S.
  • Actress
  • kiteboarder
Years active2012–present

Maika Monroe Buckley (born Dillon Monroe Buckley, May 29, 1993) is an American actress and professional kiteboarder.[1] She made her acting debut in At Any Price (2012) and appeared in the drama film Labor Day (2013). She became recognized as a "scream queen" after her performances in the critically acclaimed films The Guest (2014) and It Follows (2014). She also played Patricia Whitmore in Independence Day: Resurgence (2016).


  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Career
  • 3 Filmography
    • 3.1 Film
    • 3.2 Television
  • 4 Awards and nominations
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links

Early life[edit]

Monroe was born Dillon Monroe Buckley[2] on May 29, 1993, in Santa Barbara, California, the daughter of sign language interpreter Dixie and construction worker Jack Buckley.[3][4] She later changed her first name to "Maika", by which she had already been publicly known for most of her life.[2] At the age of 17, Monroe left Santa Barbara and moved to Cabarete in the Dominican Republic to continue training in kiting after spending the previous summer there. She subsequently completed her senior year of high school online.[5]


In April 2012, Monroe signed up for the drama film Labor Day, an adaptation of the novel of the same name.[6] She played Mandy, a farm girl who romances with a young man and eventually becomes his wife and the mother of his child.[7] In June 2013, she joined the cast of the psychological thriller film The Guest.[8][9] In 2014, she starred as Jay in the horror film It Follows,[10] which became a cult hit and secured Monroe's status as a scream queen.[11][12] In 2016, she co-starred in the invasion thriller film The 5th Wave, based on the novel of the same name.[13][14] Monroe also co-starred in the 2016 movie Independence Day: Resurgence, the sequel to Independence Day (1996), playing former First Daughter Patricia Whitmore.[15]



Year Title Role Notes
2012 At Any Price Cadence Farrow
2013 The Bling Ring Beach Girl
2013 Labor Day Mandy
2014 The Guest Anna Peterson
2014 It Follows Jaimie "Jay" Height
2015 Echoes of War Abigail Riley
2015 Burned Lila Short Film
2016 The 5th Wave Ringer
2016 Independence Day: Resurgence Patricia Whitmore
2017 Hot Summer Nights McKayla Strawberry
2017 The Scent of Rain and Lightning Jody Linder
2017 Bokeh Jenai
2017 Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House Joan Felt
2017 I'm Not Here Karen
2017 The Tribes of Palos Verdes Medina Mason
2018 After Everything Mia
2018 Tau Julia
2018 Greta Erica Penn
2019 Honey Boy Sandra
2019 The Education of Fredrick Fitzell Cindy Post-production
2019 Villains Jules Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2011 Eleventh Hour Maya Wynne Episode: "Medea"
2013 Flying Monkeys Joan Television film

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Work Association Category Result Refs
2015 It Follows Home Media Magazine Awards Best Scream Queen Won
Hamptons International Film Festival Breakthrough Performer Won
Fright Meter Awards Best Actress In A Leading Role Nominated [16]
2016 It Follows iHorror Awards Best Female Performance In A Horror Film Nominated
Empire Awards Best Female Newcomer Nominated [17]
Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Best Actress Won [18]
Independence Day: Resurgence CinemaCon Awards Best Ensemble of the Universe Won [19]
Burned FilmQuest Awards Best Supporting Actress – Short Nominated [20]
Portsmouth International Film Festival Best Supporting Performance in a Short Nominated [21]
2017 The Scent of Rain and Lightning Hell's Half Mile Film & Music Festival Best Lead Actress Won [22][23]