Jena Malone Reveals That She Was Sexually Assaulted During The Shoot of Hunger Games

The actress said that she wishes that the project wasn't tied to such a traumatic experience of hers...

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Jena Malone is opening up about a traumatic incident in her life. The 38-year-old actress said that she was healing from a "swirling mix of emotions as she posted a photo from the French countryside that was captured after wrapping the 2015's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2, the final installment in the blockbuster series. She clarified that while she was filled with gratitude for the project it did remind her of what she was going through and also that she " was sexually assaulted by someone [she] had worked with" during the making of the film.


"A swirling mix of emotions I'm only now just learning to sort thru," she continued. "I wish it wasn't tied to such a traumatic event for me but that is the real wildness of life I guess. How to hold the chaos with the beauty."

She also said that its "hard to talk about the hunger games and [her character] Johanna Mason without feeling the sharpness of this moment in time," the Donnie Darko star added that she's "ready to move thru it and reclaim the joy and accomplishment I felt."

"I've worked very hard to heal and learn thru restorative justice, how to make peace with the person who violated me and makes peace with myself," it read in her caption.

At the end of the post the actress sent "lots of love to you survivors out there," acknowledging that the "[healing] process is so slow and nonlinear."


"I want to say I'm here for anyone who needs to talk or vent or open uncommunicated spaces within themselves. Please dm me if you need a safe space to be heard," she wrote.

Willow Shields, a co-actor from her days in Hunger Games commented on the post writing, "This post has me at a loss of words. I understand and I hope that though the process is so slow you are okay Jena ❤️."

Jena has taken to Gram in the recent past and said that she is taking time to explore her sexuality and went on to write terms like pansexual, sapiosexual, and polyamory as she continued to explore her own sexual identity. 


"The sexual journey is so beautiful," said the actress. "I mean, all of the identity journeys are so cool. I feel like I'm a little bit late to the game in being able to have less shame. I've been loving the process of learning more about myself and others through different terms that open windows, those windows then turn into doors, and then I arrive at a place to find all this cool stuff out there." 

If you know someone going through the same please contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE