Stella Velon is an American actress and writer based in Los Angeles.
Stella grew up obsessively watching Baz Luhrmann's movies. As a kid, she showed interest in all things artistic: she danced, sang, drew, wrote poetry and played the piano. But it was not until a modeling job brought her to the film set of 'Vive la Vie', starring Alexandra Lamy and Didier Bourdon that she discovered her true passion: acting.
While continuing to model and study (Stella also holds a Bachelor's degree from the Université Paris X-Nanterre), she trained at the Cours Viriot drama school in Paris, before moving to the US.
During her first year as a full-time student at the HB Studio, Velon made her American debut in the independent feature 'Shutterbug', playing the elusive 'muse' [The NY Times] Thalia, which opened at Cinema Village in New York. There, she continued to take roles in theater ('Uncle Jack' with Emmy-winning Reg E. Cathey), film (Men in Black 3, '79 Parts) and television (Baskets, Gossip Girl, A Different Spin with Mark Hoppus).
Her passion for the seventh art naturally evolved into her writing her first half-hour comedy series, inspired by her experiences in the New York City fashion world, currently in development.
Most recently Stella made her directorial debut with The Critic (2018), a psychological drama that she wrote and also starred in.
She is fluent in English and French and spends her time between LA, NYC, and Paris.
“…ONE OF THE BEST LEADING PERFORMANCES OF THE YEAR…VELON IS INCREDIBLE IN THIS ROLE SHE WROTE” - UK Film Review [Chris Olson]
“VELON OUTSHINES EVERYTHING IN THE FILM! FROM HER WRITING & DIRECTION TO ACTING, SHE HAS DONE IT WITH SUCH FINESSE, THAT IT’S A PITY THAT WE CAN’T RATE HER ANY HIGHER. ” - Indie Shorts Mag [Nimisha Menon]
“VELON BRINGS CHARM, AN UNDENIABLY INNOCENT ALLURE, AND A DEEPLY GROUNDED SENSE OF VULNERABILITY IN HER ROLE AS THE ACTRESS, A FRESH FACE ON THE SCENE WHO’S COMING OFF A RECENT AWARDS WIN FOR A PERFORMANCE… A GORGEOUS PERFORMANCE" - One Film Fan [Kirk Fernwood]