Hanna R. Hall Wiki – aka Young Jenny from ‘Forrest Gump’


Whether you’ve seen the movie “Forrest Gump” or not, you’ve probably heard the phrase, “Run, Forrest!” To run!’ Did you know the sweet little girl who said it also starred in Rob Zombie’s “Halloween”? What do you really 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, United States. She and her family moved to the mountainside when she was two, but stayed in Colorado where she attended Colorado Rocky Mountain High School. After graduating, she briefly moved to Hawaii, USA and then to Los Angeles, California, USA.

She eventually settled in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, where she enrolled in the Vancouver Film School.

“Forrest Gump”

Hall attended an open casting call organized by Nina Axelrod, for the famous Robert Zemeckis film “Forrest Gump”. She landed the role of young Jenny Curran and appeared alongside big names such as Tom Hanks and Robin Wright; when the film was released in 1994, she was only 10 years old. The film followed Forrest Gump, a man from Alabama with an IQ of 75, whose biggest goal in life was to find his childhood crush, Jenny, and was based on the novel by Winston Groom – he won six Oscars.

According to the Internet Movie Data (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!” To run!’ Hanna won a Young Artist Award in the category of Actress Under Ten in a Motion Picture in 1995, 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 played 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”.

Hanna R. Hall

In 1999 she starred in Sofia Coppola’s ‘The Virgin Suicides’, a film adaptation of Jeffrey Eugenides’ novel – she passed tests for one of the main roles, Lux Lisbon, but was deemed too young for the part . Eventually, she landed the role of Cecilia Lisbon, while Lux was portrayed by Kirsten Dunst.

In 2001, she co-starred alongside 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,” starring Ron Livingston and Rosemarie DeWitt, and portrayed Samantha in Nathan Drillot’s “Bright Lights.”

Continuing her regular and consistent appearances, in 2007 Hall portrayed Judith Myers, sister and first victim of her brother Michael Myers, in Rob Zombie’s take on the acclaimed horror film “Halloween.” That same year, she was cast in “Neal Cassady” and “The Truth About Faces.”

Hall starred as Sara in the 2008 horror film “Text,” and in 2009 portrayed Georgia in “American Cowslip,” in which she appeared alongside Val Kilmer, Cloris Leachman and Diane Ladd. 2010 was a successful year for her too, as she portrayed Carly in James Van Alden’s ‘A Numbers Game’, Becky in Adam Sherman’s ‘Happiness Runs’ and Vivian Kaplan in the sci-fi drama ‘ Radio Free Albemuth”.

In 2011, she co-starred alongside Margo Martindale and Adam Scarimbolo in the detective film “Scalene”, and the following year appeared in the sci-fi short film “Hawken”, as well as in the film of horror “Visible Scars”. She also made a guest appearance as Connie Foster on the hit detective series “Criminal Minds.” That same year, Hall became a theater manager, specializing in underground plays in Venice, California.

In 2013, Hall appeared in the comedy short “The Meeting Place”, and in 2017 in the horror short “Another Skin”. His last big-screen appearance was the following year in “Dying for the Crown.”

In June 2020, Hall’s last TV appearance was in an episode of the horror TV series “The Purge”, in the episode titled “7:01 am”.

Private life

Hall says two of his favorite film 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 in “Forest Gump”.

For a short time, she dated fellow actor, Gustavo Carr, known for his appearances in films such 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 is not revealed whether or not the two continued their relationship or broke up, as they are rarely seen together in public.

Although she keeps most of her life private, Hall is active on Twitter, where she has more than 20,000 followers. She also often shares her political views on this platform.

Net value

Hanna R. Hall started acting at a very young age, and although she didn’t achieve as much success as other child stars, she was still in several famous movies and TV series. As of June 2020, his net worth is estimated to be around $400,000.

Physical characteristics

Hall is considered a beautiful woman by many. She has brown hair and bright green eyes. She is 1.67m (5ft 6in), with an unknown weight, but it is easy to see that she is of average weight for her height and a slim figure.

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