Willa Joanna Holland was born in Los Angeles (June 18, 1991), California, the daughter of cinematographer Keith Holland and actress Darnell Gregorio-De Palma. She has two sisters, Brianna Holland (born 1988) and Piper De Palma (born 1996).
She is of part Italian descent on her mother's side. Holland spent the earlier part of her childhood in Chelsea, London. It was during that period that she spent time on the set of the film Mission: Impossible which was directed by her stepfather Brian De Palma.
She went to Kenter Canyon Elementary School and later Paul Revere Middle School. She also attended Palisades Charter High School for a brief time.
Holland spent the summer of 1999 in The Hamptons with her family. After a day playing at Steven Spielberg's home, the seed
was planted that she should spend her life acting in film. Spielberg told her mother "You've got to put her in front of a camera!". Upon her return to Los Angeles that September, Holland signed with Ford Modeling Agency at age seven, and immediately booked a shoot for Burberry. The following year, 1999, De Palma took Willa to a theatrical talent agency. Since then she has shot many national commercials. During 2001 when Willa was ten, she worked alongside her cinematographer father in Ordinary Madness. She was even slated to co-star in the 2005 FOX series The Inside with fellow model Rachel Nichols, but left the show when writer Tim Minear was brought in to overhaul it. She played the role of Kaitlin Cooper on The O.C. for its third and fourth seasons.
Incidentally, Willa Holland was a fan of The O.C. before landing the role of Kaitlin Cooper, Marissa Cooper's (Mischa Barton) rebellious "little" sister. On September 5, 2008 it was announced that Gossip Girl creator Josh Schwartz was giving her a stint in Season 2 of Gossip Girl in which Holland played Agnes, a 16-year-old model working for Eleanor Waldorf. Agnes created havoc with Taylor Momsen's character Jenny Humphrey.
Why is Joanna Holland famous?
Willa Joanna Chance Holland is an American actress and fashion model. She is best known for her role as Kaitlin Cooper, Marissa Cooper's devious younger sister, on the television series The O.C.. She also appeared as Agnes Andrews on the CW series Gossip Girl.
Why do we like Joanna Holland?
Joanna Holland is a young actress with so much to offer the world.