Riley Keough

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Riley Keough (born Danielle Riley Keough ; May 29, 1989) is an American actress, singer, model, social media influencer and activist, notable for being the daughter of musicians Lisa Marie Presley and Danny Keough, and granddaughter of actress Priscilla Presley and singer Elvis Presley, and starting a successful breakout career in film/television acting and modeling, appearing at fashion shows for Dolce & Gabbana and Christian Dior, and cover featuring of Vogue. Keough has resided with her father in Hawaii and Los Angeles, and with her mother in California and in Tennessee's Graceland.

Keough made her feature film debut at age 20, appearing in a supporting part in the musical biopic The Runaways (2010), portraying Marie Currie. She subsequently starred in the independent thriller film The Good Doctor (2011) followed by the horror film Jack & Diane (2012), before being cast in a minor role in Steven Soderbergh's comedy film Magic Mike (2012). +more Keough appeared in several additional independent films in 2012, including Yellow and Kiss of the Damned, before appearing in the big-budget action feature Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), the fourth film in the Mad Max series.

In 2016, Keough had her breakthrough role as a law student-turned-escort in the first season of the anthology series The Girlfriend Experience, executive-produced by Soderbergh and based on his 2009 film of the same name. She received critical praise for her role, and earned a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television. +more Keough's following performance as a wayward young woman in the drama American Honey (2016) earned her further acclaim, including an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Female.

The same year, Keough starred the apocalyptic horror film It Comes at Night (2017), and reunited with Soderbergh to appear in his heist film, Logan Lucky. She followed this with roles in a number of horror and thriller films in 2018, including Lars von Trier's The House That Jack Built, the neo-noir Under the Silver Lake, and Hold the Dark. +more In 2019, Keough starred as the lead in the psychological horror film The Lodge, followed by another leading role in the comedy-drama Zola (2020) and a supporting role in Netflix's The Devil All the Time (2020). Keough made her directorial debut in 2022 with the drama War Pony, co-directed with Gina Gammell, in the Un Certain Regard section of the 2022 Cannes Film Festival. The film went on to win the Caméra d'Or Award.

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Early life

Keough was born on May 29, 1989, at Providence Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California. She is the eldest child of singer-songwriter Lisa Marie Presley and musician Danny Keough, and the eldest grandchild of Elvis Presley and actress and businesswoman Priscilla Presley. +more Keough's father met her mother while performing as a bass guitarist in her mother's band. She had a full brother, Benjamin Storm Keough, who died by suicide in July 2020, and has two half-sisters, twins Harper and Finley, from her mother's fourth marriage to Michael Lockwood. According to Keough, her father's ancestry is Irish and mostly Sephardic Jewish (Portuguese-Jewish) and Ashkenazi Jewish (Eastern European Jews), whereas her maternal grandfather, Elvis Presley, was allegedly of Creek, Cherokee, Scots-Irish and Norman descent; Keough's maternal grandmother, Priscilla, is of part Norwegian descent.

When Keough was six years old, her parents divorced, and her mother was briefly married to Michael Jackson from 1994 to 1996. Of her upbringing, Keough said that she "grew up very privileged with my mother, but my dad didn't live like that. +more And I think experiencing both sides has been helpful. My father had mattresses on the floor of his apartments. He lived in cabins and trailer parks. He just didn't have much money. Actually, my memories of growing up with him were so colourful and eccentric and fun. It was a good vibe, you know? When I was like eight I told him, 'I want to grow up and be poor like you!' He was eating a bowl of cereal. I didn't realise how wildly offensive that was!" Keough was raised primarily by her father in Hawaii and Los Angeles, though she at times lived at her mother's Los Angeles home, as well as at the Graceland Estate in Memphis, Tennessee, which was inherited by her mother following her grandfather Elvis's death. In 2002, when Keough was 13 years old, her mother married actor Nicolas Cage, though this marriage was also short-lived, ending two years later in divorce. For a time, Keough attended a public school in the San Fernando Valley, but was ultimately homeschooled due to her having to frequently travel between her parents' homes.

Career

2004-2008: Modeling

Prior to beginning a film career, Keough began modeling at age 15, appearing in the Autumn/Winter 2004 ready-to-wear show for Dolce & Gabbana, followed by the Christian Dior ready-to-wear show for the Spring/Summer 2005 collection. Keough subsequently appeared on the United States cover of Vogue in August 2004. +more She subsequently appeared on the cover of the Japanese Elle magazine and Korean Vogue, both in 2005, as well as the covers of the French magazines Jalouse and L'Officiel, also in 2005.

2009-2015: Film career beginnings

In 2010, at the age of 20, Keough made her film debut in The Runaways based on the 1970s all-girl rock band of the same name. Keough portrayed the role of Marie Currie, the sister to Cherie Currie, the band's lead singer, portrayed by Dakota Fanning. +more The film also starred Kristen Stewart and Tatum O'Neal and premiered in 2010 at the Sundance Film Festival to favorable reviews.

In April 2011, Keough starred as the female lead in the drama The Good Doctor alongside Orlando Bloom and Taraji P. +more Henson. Keough portrayed Diane Nixon, a young patient with a kidney infection who's kept ill to make her doctor gain the respect he craves. The film received mixed reviews from critics. In May 2010, she replaced actress Olivia Thirlby as the protagonist in the werewolf drama Jack & Diane alongside Juno Temple, who portrays her love interest. Filming took place in New York City, and in May 2011 Magnolia Pictures picked up the film for distribution; it was released theatrically in November 2012.

In September 2011, Keough joined the Steven Soderbergh film Magic Mike, alongside Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey and Alex Pettyfer, about a group of male strippers. Keough portrayed the role of Nora, a young stripper. +more The film was released in June 2012. Keough also co-starred in the independent drama Yellow, alongside Sienna Miller, Luke Wilson and David Morse, followed by a supporting role opposite Milo Ventimiglia in the independent vampire film Kiss of the Damned, which premiered at the 2012 Venice Film Festival.

On August 4, 2013, the Australian fashion brand Bonds announced that Keough had been signed as "Summer 2013 ambassador". In October 2013, Keough co-starred in the video for Justin Timberlake's "TKO", portraying a bitter girlfriend who knocks out Timberlake and ties him to the back of a pick-up truck, dragging him through the desert and throwing him off a cliff.

Keough appeared in director So Yong Kim's short film Spark and Light commissioned by fashion brand Miu Miu in 2014. Keough had a supporting role in Mad Max: Fury Road, the fourth installment of the Mad Max series. +more The film was released in May 2015 to critical and commercial success and receiving numerous Academy Award nominations including Best Picture.

In February 2015, Keough married stuntman Ben Smith-Petersen in Napa, California, having announced their engagement the previous year. The couple had met while filming Mad Max: Fury Road. +more Later that year, in December 2015, Dixieland was released by IFC Films, in which Keough starred as a woman living in a Mississippi trailer park who becomes embroiled in a crime. The film had previously screened at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2015.

2016-present: Breakthrough and subsequent roles

In January 2016, Keough's following film, the lesbian drama Lovesong, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. The film, directed by So Yong Kim, features Keough co-starring with Jena Malone as two best friends who fall in love with each other. +more Keough had her breakthrough role portraying a law student-turned-escort in the first season of the anthology series The Girlfriend Experience, based on the film of the same name from director Steven Soderbergh. The 13-episode series premiered on Starz on April 10, 2016. Her performance in The Girlfriend Experience garnered rave reviews and awards buzz from critics. She went on to receive a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television.

Also in 2016, Keough appeared in Andrea Arnold's drama film American Honey, alongside Shia LaBeouf. The film premiered in competition at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Jury Prize. +more Keough received praise for her role in the film, and received a nomination at the Film Independent Spirit Awards for Best Supporting Female. The same year, she appeared in The Discovery directed by Charlie McDowell. It had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 20, 2017, and was released on March 31, 2017, by Netflix. She subsequently starred as the daughter of a dysfunctional family in the drama We Don't Belong Here (2017), co-starring with Catherine Keener and Anton Yelchin, which was filmed in 2014. Keough's subsequent film was It Comes at Night, an apocalyptic-themed horror film, in which she starred opposite Joel Edgerton and Christopher Abbott, and directed by Trey Edward Shults. The film was released theatrically in the United Kingdom and United States in the early summer of 2017.

In August 2017, it was announced that Keough had launched her own production company called Felix Culpa with producer Gina Gammell. Plans are already in place to adapt three novels, including: Sweet Lamb of Heaven: A Novel, the graphic novel Heartthrob, and The Curse of Beauty: The Scandalous & Tragic Life of Audrey Munson, America’s First Supermodel. +more She also appeared in Steven Soderbergh's heist comedy Logan Lucky, released in August 2017.

In 2018, Keough appeared in a number of films, including the independent drama-thriller Welcome the Stranger, followed by the Netflix-released thriller Hold the Dark, directed by Jeremy Saulnier, and the Barry Levinson-directed television film Paterno, a biographical film about Joe Paterno released through HBO in April 2018. In May 2018, Keough debuted two films at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival: Lars von Trier's controversial psychological horror film The House That Jack Built, which was subsequently given a limited release in the United States by IFC Films, and David Robert Mitchell's neo-noir Under the Silver Lake, which was given a limited release in April 2019.

Next, Keough starred in the lead role in the psychological horror film The Lodge (2019), portraying a woman raised in a cult. The film, which premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival before being released theatrically in February 2020, garnered Keough praise, with Michael Roffman of Consequence of Sound deeming it a "career-best performance. +more" Justin Chang of the Los Angeles Times also lauded her performance as the film's "strongest asset. [Keough] can seize and hold the screen with electrifying force. " Keough subsequently had a lead role opposite Alicia Vikander in the thriller film Earthquake Bird, directed by Wash Westmoreland and based on the 2001 novel of the same name, which premiered at the British Film Institute in October 2019 before being released digitally via Netflix in mid-November 2019.

In early 2019, Keough was cast in the Netflix-produced psychological thriller The Devil All the Time, based on Donald Ray Pollock's 2011 novel of the same name. The project began filming in Alabama in the spring of that year, and premiered on Netflix in September 2020. +more On November 19, 2019, it was announced that Keough had joined the cast of the upcoming Amazon series Daisy Jones & The Six in a leading role, portraying a rock musician in the 1970s. In January 2020, the comedy-drama Zola, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
2010The RunawaysMarie Currie
2011The Good Doctornolink=yes
2011Jack & DianeJack
2012Magic MikeNora
2012YellowYoung Amanda
2012Kiss of the DamnedAnne
2015Mad Max: Fury RoadCapable
2015DixielandRachel
2016LovesongSarah
2016American HoneyKrystal
2017The DiscoveryLacey
2017We Don't Belong Herenolink=yes
2017It Comes at NightKim
2017Logan Luckynolink=yes
2018Welcome the StrangerMistyAlso producer
2018The House That Jack BuiltJacqueline "Simple"
2018Under the Silver LakeSarah
2018Hold the Darknolink=yes
2019The Lodgenolink=yes
2019Earthquake Birdnolink=yes
2020ZolaStefani
2020The Devil All the TimeSandy Henderson
2021The GuiltyEmily LightonVoice role
2022War PonyN/AFeature directorial debut Co-director, Co-writer and producer

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
2016The Girlfriend Experience (TV series)nolink=yesLead role (season 1)
2018Riverdalenolink=yesEpisode: "Chapter Forty-Two: The Man in Black"
2018PaternoSara GanimTelevision film
2021CallsRoseVoice role; episode: "The Beginning"
2022The Terminal ListLauren ReeceMain role
Daisy Jones & The Sixnolink=yesLead role

Music videos

YearTitleArtistRole
2013"TKO"Justin TimberlakeGirlfriend
2022"Hexie Mountains"Orville Peck

Accolades

YearNominated workAssociationCategoryResult
2012Milano Film FestivalBest Supporting ActressNominated
2017Golden Globe AwardsBest Actress - Miniseries or Television FilmNominated
2017Gracie AwardsActress in a Leading Role - Made for TV Movie or Limited SeriesWon
2017Independent Spirit AwardsBest Supporting FemaleNominated
2017London Critics Circle Film AwardsSupporting Actress of the YearNominated
2017Village Voice Film PollBest Supporting Actress
2021Chicago Film Critics AssociationBest Supporting ActressNominated
2022Cannes Film FestivalUn Certain Regard AwardNominated
2022Cannes Film FestivalCaméra d'OrWon

Sources

Living people

American people who self-identify as being of Native American descent

Directors of Caméra d'Or winners

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