Julia Jones

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Jones in 2012, photo by PrPhotos

Place of Birth: Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.

Date of Birth: January 23, 1981

Ethnicity:
*father – African-American, other
*mother – English, small amounts of Scottish and Dutch

Julia Jones is an American actress. She is known for playing Leah Clearwater, a Native American character, in the Twilight series, and for several other Indigenous roles, including Wind River and Cold Pursuit. She also co-stars on Westworld.

Julia’s father is Frank N. Jones, a lawyer and political figure in Massachusetts. He has often been publicly identified as an African-American. He is originally from Clarksdale, Mississippi.

Julia’s mother is white. She has English, and small amounts of Scottish and Dutch, ancestry.

Julia has said: “My dad is part Choctaw, Chickosaw and African American. I didn’t realize the significance of not being white until I moved to LA.”

She has also stated:

I’m part Chickasaw and Choctaw, but I’m a multi-[ethnic] person. That’s just a part of my identity. I’ve been playing Native roles for a long time, a very long time. [“Twilight” is…] an opportunity to portray a group of people who are not portrayed very frequently and very accurately at all in the media. And I cherish that. I think that there should be more roles for Native actors in contemporary pieces, and it’s an important part of who I am.

She has also said, “I’m a Native American actress.”

It is not clear if this Choctaw Native American and Chickasaw Native American ancestry has been verified/documented.

Julia has a degree in English from the Columbia University, which she attended after graduating from the Boston Latin School in Massachusetts.

Julia’s maternal grandfather was Roger Wells (the son of James Parrish Wells and Jesse/Jessie Maria Strowger). Roger was born in New York. James was the son of Edward Akin Wells and Elizabeth Parrish. Jesse was the daughter of Horace Bryan Strowger and Frances Maria Barnes.

Julia’s maternal grandmother was Julia Harland (the daughter of John Brisby Harland and Hazel Louise Hughston). Julia’s grandmother Julia was born in New York. John was born in Cropton, Yorkshire, England, the son of Frederick Harland and Julia Brisby. Hazel was born in New York, the daughter of E. Burton Hughston and Nettie Horning.

Sources: Interview with Julia and her family – http://www.chicagotribune.com

Julia’s maternal grandfather, Roger Wells, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

16 Responses

  1. coco says:

    I’ve always found it odd how no one talks about how Julia is literally passing as a Native American for roles. Her mother is white & her father is a black man with unconfirmed distant Native American ancestry or no Native American ancestry at all. In this article with her, her dad & brother they keep referring to themselves as black. Jessica is the only one who keeps mentioning the unconfirmed Native American ancestry. I mean yea she has the look but I’ve seen plenty of mixed (black/white) people look like completely different races than their actual mix. Her natural hair is also curly, she straightens it & possibly has altered other parts of her appearance to make herself look even more stereotypically Native American for roles. I’m convinced that Julia Jones is the Rachel Dolezal of Native Americans.
    https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-xpm-2000-06-18-0006180013-story.html

    • fuzzybear44 says:

      Well actually it was mention , I even talked about it myself on here.

      • coco says:

        Late but… I meant on social media it’s not talked about, which is odd considering all the threads on *insert race* fishing of all sorts. I guess she gets away with “Native American fishing” or whatever you wanna call it because of her stereotypical Native American look so they don’t question it further when she takes Native American roles & claims to be of tribes she’s not apart of. Or maybe it’s cause she’s not famous enough. Just my opinions.

  2. suburbanwinemom2020 says:

    She stated that her dad is of African-American, Choctaw, and Chickasaw descent:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julia_Jones

  3. archer says:

    She looks Asian

  4. EltonLee says:

    Yes, She looks like some one with Native American ancestry

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