Mets 101's Seven in Seven series returns in 2014 as our gift to you. Each week, the Mets 101 staff will begin a countdown of something related to the New York Mets ( i.e. best third baseman, worst defeat, etc.). We will begin our countdown on Tuesdays with the number seven and work all the way to number one. Inspired by recent lack events involving the New York Mets, this week’s countdown has little to do with the baseball team itself and instead looks at seven of the most famous celebrity Met fans. Today we take a look at actress Julia Stiles.
#5 – Julia Stiles
Actress Julia Stiles is a born and raised New Yorker, as the Manhattan-born Stiles grew up in the city and started in theater at age 11, with the La MaMa Theatre Company. She broke into television in 1993 on the children's show Ghostwriter, which aired on PBS, before debuting on the big screen three years later. A graduate of Columbia University, Stiles has been a lifelong Mets fan and more recent supporter of the New York Red Bulls of the MLS.
Best known for her leading roles in Hollywood hits 10 Things I Hate About You (1999), Save the Last Dance (2001) and the Jason Bourne trilogy, Stiles has continued to be active in both movies and theater, with occasional TV appearances along the way. In 2006, Stiles threw out the first pitch at Shea Stadium prior to the Mets-Brewers game on May 29. She later wrote an article for the Wall Street Journal about some of her Mets memories in 2009; such as being at Shea Stadium for game five of the 2000 World Series or the final game at Shea in 2008; and reviewed the (then) brand new Citi Field following the home opener that year. From time to time, she'll reveal her Mets fanhood, such as with this except from a 2013 interview with the Huffington Post:
"I like to reserve my judgement and excitement and don't even watch baseball until later in the season," Stiles, an avid Mets fan, told The Huffington Post during a recent interview. "I know that sounds like me not being a true fan, but I've had so many years of getting really excited about Jenrry Mejia or the other new prospects at the beginning of the season, and then, by September, you can wind up disappointed with the Mets."
Stiles next film, Out of the Dark, a supernatural thriller, is currently in post-production and scheduled for a 2014 release.
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