Whether you’ve seen the movie “Forrest Gump” or not, you’ve probably heard the phrase at least once, “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?
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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 briefly moved 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 call held by Nina Axelrod, for Robert Zemeckis’ famous movie “Forrest Gump”. She landed the role of young Jenny Curran, appearing alongside big names like 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 biggest goal in life was to be reunited with his childhood sweetheart, Jenny, and was based on Winston Groom’s novel – winning 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! Run!’ Hanna won a Young Artist Award in the 1995 Under Ten in a Motion Picture category 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 portrayed 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 tested for one of the lead roles, Lux Lisbon, but was deemed too young for the role. She eventually 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 part of “White Picket Fence”. That same year, she made a guest appearance as Rose Anders in “Standoff,” with Ron Livingston and Rosemarie DeWitt, and played Samantha in Nathan Drillot’s “Bright Lights.”
Building on her steady and consistent appearances, in 2007 Hall portrayed Judith Myers, the sister and 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 played Sara in the 2008 horror film “Text” and in 2009 played Georgia in “American Cowslip,” 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 science fiction drama “Radio Free Albemuth”.
— Hanna Hall (@HallHanna) July 8, 2015
In 2011, she co-starred with Margo Martindale and Adam Scarimbolo in the crime film “Scalene”, and the following year she appeared in the 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 theater 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 last big screen appearance was in “Dying for the Crown” the following year.
As of June 2020, Hall’s last TV appearance was on an episode of the 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 time, she dated her fellow actor, Gustavo Carr, who is known for his appearances in such films 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 such titles as “Bad Santa”, “Unaccompanied Minors” and “Trick ‘r Treat”. However, it has not been disclosed whether the two have 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, where 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 like some other child stars, she still starred 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 1.67 m tall, with an unknown weight, but it is easy to see that she is of average weight for her height and a slim figure.