At the age of 14, Q’orianka Kilcher emerged into the front ranks of young actors with her portrayal of Pocahontas opposite Colin Farrell and Christian Bale in Terrence Malick’s Oscar nominated film The New World, an epic about the encounter between English and North American societies in the early 1600s.
Her performance won her the National Board of Review’s best breakthrough performance of 2006 and the 2006 Alma Award for best Latin American actress in a feature film, as well as numerous nominations and rave reviews.
Some of Q’orianka’s other credits include starring in the title role of “Princess Kaiulani,” the award-winning television show Sons of Anarchy, TIFF 2015 selected film Sky, Longmire, Shouting Secrets, Hallmark Hall of Fame’s Firelight, The Killing, the miniseries Neverland, The Power Of Few, starring Christopher Walken and Christian Slater, a film she not only starred in, but also produced via her production company iQ Films, and TNT television drama The Alienist. Her most recent roles include Te Ata in the starring role opposite Graham Greene and Gil Birmingham, Hostiles alongside Christian Bale and Rosamond Pike, The Good Girls, The Vault, Dora and the Lost City of Gold and a reoccurring role in Tyler Sheridan’s Yellowstone.
Q’orianka also is an accomplished singer/songwriter and committed human rights and environmental activist and organizer, who has used her public voice, energy and privilege of celebrity to speak out for the voiceless and many of today’s most important and relevant causes and issues. Her philanthropic and advocacy work has garnered her many national and international nominations, awards and honors including the Young Hollywood Green Award, the Gandhi Award and the prestigious Brower Youth Award.
A dedicated Indigenous Rights and environmental justice activist and grassroots organizer since age 16, her persona and dedicated work for indigenous rights and environmental justice in the Amazon were one of James Cameron’s original inspirations in creating his lead character of “Naitiri ” for his highly successful film Avatar and has garnered her the respect of many notable indigenous leaders such as Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchu, Bolivian President Evo Morales and Indigenous leader Alberto Pizango.
Q’orianka frequently lends her celebrity, voice and energy as spokesperson and collaborator to many notable organizations such as Amnesty international, Green Peace, Amazon Watch and AIDESEP, and has spoken on a wide spectrum of subjects at international conferences and panels, including the Harvard Leadership Conference, United Nations “Declaration of the Rights Of Indigenous Peoples,” International Youth Media Summit, International Forum On Globalization ( IFG), Amnesty International Woman’s Rights and Youth Leadership conferences in various countries.
Q’orianka is the founder of on-Q Initiative, Youth4Truth media and Action Hero Network, a collaborative of many small grassroots organizations, projects and “Everyday Action Heroes” within our communities who she feels are the true front-line soldiers of effective change. In her free time, Q’orianka enjoys making music and is currently recording a highly anticipated CD of her original songs.