• American actress and model Shelley Catherine Hennig born in 1987
• Won Miss Louisiana Teen USA and Miss Teen USA beauty pageants
• Played Stephanie Johnson in Days of Our Lives and Malia Tate in Teen Wolf
• Appeared in films such as Unfriended, Ouija, Roman J. Israel, Esq. and False Profits
• Net worth of over $1 million as of November 2022

Who is Shelley Hennig?

American actress and model Shelley Catherine Hennig was born in Metairie, Louisiana USA, on 2 January 1987, meaning that her zodiac sign is Capricorn. She’s had roles in nearly 30 movies and TV series, and is perhaps best known for her debut film role playing of Blaire in the 2014 mystery horror thriller movie “Unfriended”, which Levan Gabriadze directed, and starred Courtney Halverson, Matthew Bohrer and Heather Sossaman. It follows a supernatural force which is haunting a group of friends through an online chatroom, and the film won three of its nine award nominations.

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Education and early life

Shelley was raised in St. Rose, Louisiana alongside her brothers Glenn H. Hennig Jr. and Brad Joseph Hennig, by their father Glenn H. Hennig Sr. and mother Cathy Distefano Gosset. On 9 August 2001, Shelley’s 18-year-old brother Brad was killed by a drunk driver.

She grew up dreaming of becoming a famous model, and was persuaded by her high school friend to enter the Miss Louisiana Teen USA beauty pageant in November 2003, which she won. Shelley then went on to win the Miss Teen USA 2004 beauty pageant, and was awarded a one-year contract with the Trump Modeling Management, as well as a New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts scholarship.

Roles in TV series

Shelley made her debut TV series appearance in a 2004 episode of the popular drama “Passions”, but then spent the following six years focused on modelling, having no acting roles.

In 2011 and 2012, she portrayed Diana Meade in the popular fantasy horror drama “The Secret Circle”, created by Andrew Miller, and which starred Britt Robertson, Thomas Dekker and Phoebe Tonkin. It follows 16 years old Cassie Blake who’s just learned that she and five other teenage girls are witches – the series won one of its three award nominations. Shelley could then have been seen appearing in an episode of the comedy “Friend Me”, the action crime drama “Justified”, and the comedy “Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous”.

From 2007 through 2017, Shelley played Stephanie Johnson in 467 episodes of the soap opera “Days of Our Lives”, which Ted Corday and Irna Phillips created, and which today stars Drake Hogestyn, Kristian Alfonso and Deidre Hall. The series has been airing since 1965, depicts the people of Salem, and has won 240 of its 869 award nominations.

From 2014 and 2017, she portrayed Malia Tate in the popular action fantasy drama “Teen Wolf”, and could then have been seen playing supporting characters in the comedy “Liberty Crossing”, another comedy “Dollface”, and the mystery comedy drama “Mythic Quest”.

Most recently, in 2022, Shelley played Lisa Maines in the popular crime comedy mini-series “The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window”, created by Hugh Davidson and Larry Dorf, and which starred Kristen Bell, Tom Riley and Mary Holland. It follows heartbroken Anna who’s fallen for the new neighbor; the movie won one of its five award nominations.

Shelley’s currently shooting for the upcoming action comedy “Obliterated”.

Roles in movies

In 2014, Shelley portrayed Debbie Galardi in the popular mystery horror thriller “Ouija”, which Stiles White wrote and directed, and which starred Daren Kagasoff, Ana Coto and Olivia Cooke. It tells the story of a group of friends who’ve awoken an ancient power through an Ouija board, and the film won a Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Worst Film.

Shelley could then have been seen appearing in the 2014 short musical “The Band Perry: Gentle on My Mind”, the 2015 family drama “About Scout”, and the 2016 romantic comedy drama “Summer of 8”.

The year 2017 saw her play Olivia Reed in the critically acclaimed crime thriller “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”, which Dan Gilroy wrote and directed, and which starred Carmen Ejogo, Colin Farrell and Denzel Washington. It follows the work of a defense lawyer, and the movie won two of its 14 award nominations, including an Oscar nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Denzel).

Three of Shelley’s most recent roles have been in the 2018 comedy “False Profits”, the 2019 short crime comedy “Walter”, and the 2022 horror comedy “Gatlopp”; she’s currently shooting for the upcoming movies “Teen Wolf: The Movie” and “The Last Girl”.


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Other credits

Shelley was featured in the 2015 short documentary video “Ouija: Adapting the Fear”.

Some of the talk-shows in which she’s made a guest appearance include “Alexis Joy VIP Access”, “IMDb at San Diego Comic-Con”, and “Steve Varley Show”.

Awards and nominations

Shelley’s won one of her five award nominations: a 2016 Teen Choice Award for Choice Summer TV Star: Female, for her performance in “Teen Wolf”.

She was also nominated for a 2010 Gold Derby Award for Younger Actress – Daytime Drama, and two Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series in 2010 and 2012, all for her performance in “Days of Our Lives”.

Love life and boyfriends

Shelley prefers not to share the details of her love life with the public, but there are two men whom she’s been with, that the public knows about. She met American actor Jay Kenneth Johnson while they were both shooting for the series “Days of Our Lives”, and they were in a relationship for five years; Jay has just 15 acting credits to his name, but has been starring in “Days of Our Lives” since 1999, appearing in more than 1,200 episodes.

Shelley then went on to date Ben McKenzie, a famous American actor who portrayed the lead character James Gordon in the critically acclaimed action crime series “Gotham”, which aired from 2014 to 2019. Shelley and Ben were together for only a couple of months.

There are rumors circulating the internet, claiming that Shelley’s also dated American actor Thomas Dekker, and a non-celebrity man Rasmus, but these haven’t been confirmed.

She seems to be unattached as of November 2022, hasn’t married and doesn’t have children.

Interesting facts and hobbies

Shelley enjoys being active on Instagram, and there are today close to four million people following her, while she’s posted over 600 pictures and videos onto the social media network.

She’s following a strict diet, and some of her fans have asked if she’s perhaps anorexic; Shelley’s explained that she’s simply staying fit because it’s important for her career.

She’s into photography, and some of her Instagram pictures have been taken by her.

Shelley loves National Football League (NFL), and has watched many live games.

She likes to listen to country music, and some of her favorite musicians are Luke Combs, Chris Stapleton and Johnny Cash.

Shelley’s favorite actors are Bruce Willis and Christian Bale, and some of her favorite movies are “Armageddon”, “Pulp Fiction” and “Gasoline Alley”.

Height, eyes and wealth

Shelley’s age is 35. She has brown eyes and long brown hair, weighs around 135lbs (62kgs) and is 5ft 8ins (1.73m) tall.

Shelley’s net worth’s been estimated at over $1 million, as of November 2022.

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