Maria Bello

Biography

Maria Bello has established herself as a leading actress with her many diverse roles in dozens of films, including "The Cooler," with William H. Macy, which earned her Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations; David Cronenberg's "A History of Violence," opposite Viggo Mortensen and Ed Harris, which earned her a New York Film Critics Circle Award and a Golden Globe Award nomination; Oliver Stone's "World Trade Center"; and "Prisoners," opposite Hugh Jackman. Most recently, Bello appeared in the hit James Wan thriller "Lights Out" and the original series "Goliath," with Billy Bob Thornton and William Hurt.

Bello executive produced and starred in the films "In Search of Fellini," "The Journey Is the Destination," "GLO" and "Exit." She created and produced the virtual reality piece "The Sun Ladies," which had its world premiere at Sundance. Currently, she is producing the film "The Woman King," starring Viola Davis and Lupita Nyong'o, which is based on her original concept.

Bello's television credits include starring roles in "Prime Suspect," "ER" and the TV movie "Big Driver," based on the Stephen King short story. Maria Bello plays NCIS Special Agent Jacqueline "Jack" Sloane in NCIS.

In April 2015, Bello released her first book, Whatever… Love Is Love, in which she expanded on her news-making "Coming Out as a Modern Family" column that ran in the New York Times in 2013. The book explores themes and ideas surrounding family, partnership, sexuality and spirituality.

Bello is an internationally renowned activist and is a powerful voice for social justice and women's rights around the world. Her career as an activist began at Villanova University, where she majored in peace and justice education and worked at the Women's Law Project in Philadelphia. In 2009 Bello was voted one of Variety's most powerful women in Hollywood for her activism with women in Darfur, and she continues to speak around the country on women's rights, equality and social impact investing at venues such as TedWomen, the U.N. and the State Department.

Bello lives in Los Angeles with her son, Jackson. Her birthday is April 18. Besides her son, her greatest passion is travel. She can be followed on Twitter @Maria_Bello and Instagram @officialmariabello.

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Extraction

Action Adventure R

2020 (1h 57m) - Streaming on Netflix

A hardened mercenary's mission becomes a soul-searching race to survive when he's sent into Bangladesh to rescue a drug lord's kidnapped son.

Chris Hemsworth stars in this nonstop action-thriller with Rudhraksh Jaiswal, Randeep Hooda and Golshifteh Farahani. Source Netflix

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Battle: Los Angeles

Action Adventure Sci‑Fi PG‑13

2011 (1h 56m) - Streaming on Netflix

Led by their skillful Staff Sergeant Nantz (Aaron Eckhart) and Second Lt. Martinez (Ramon Rodriguez), a platoon of gutsy Marines fights to protect all humankind from astonishingly powerful aliens. They must complete their mission within a three hour window before the Air Force bombs their battleground. Source Netflix

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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Drama PG‑13

2008 (2h 46m) - Streaming on Netflix

David Fincher directs this Oscar-nominated tale of Benjamin Button, a man who was born old and wrinkled but grows younger as the years go by.

This film earned three Oscars and 13 nominations, including acting and directing nods for Brad Pitt and David Fincher. Source Netflix

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Upload

Comedy Mystery Sci-Fi TV‑MA

2020 Series - Streaming on Amazon

In 2033, people can be "uploaded" into virtual reality hotels run by 6 tech firms. Cash-strapped Nora lives in Brooklyn and works customer service for the luxurious "Lakeview" digital afterlife. When L.A. party-boy/coder Nathan's self-driving car crashes, his high-maintenance girlfriend uploads him permanently into Nora's VR world. After a self-driving car crash, Nathan is uploaded to Lakeview, his girlfriend's family's digital after-life, where he meets his customer service rep, Nora.

Upload is created by Greg Daniels ("The Office"). Source Amazon

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Space Force

Comedy TV‑MA

2020 Series - Streaming on Netflix

A four-star general begrudgingly teams up with an eccentric scientist to get the U.S. military's newest agency — Space Force — ready for lift-off.

Greg Daniels and Steve Carell of "The Office" reunite for another irreverent workplace comedy. Source Netflix

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Barry

Comedy Action TV‑MA

2018 Series - Streaming on HBO

Starring Bill Hader as a depressed, low-rent hitman from the Midwest. Lonely and dissatisfied in his life, he reluctantly travels to Los Angeles to execute a hit on an aspiring actor. Barry follows his "mark" into an acting class and ends up finding an accepting community in a group of eager hopefuls within the LA theater scene. He wants to start a new life as an actor, but his criminal past won't let him walk away -- can he find a way to balance both worlds? Source HBO

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