Joey King: Will Go To Extremes For Different Roles

Let's take a look at the life and career of Joey King. How has she come on the scene in recent years with her performances?

By Rick Gonzales | Published

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It’s not surprising that you are starting to see Joey King all over the place. If you like romantic comedies, there is Joey King. If you like to see bad-ass princesses, there is Joey King. If you prefer to see Brad Pitt get one-upped, well, there is Joey King. The young actress is only 23 years old, but she is making big waves in Hollywood.

Let’s take a look at Joey King’s career, where she’s been, and where she’s going.

JOEY GETS AN EARLY START

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Born in 1999, Joey King was only four years old when she got her first taste of show business with a commercial for Life cereal. That commercial turned into more as she was also seen in AT&T, Kay Jewelers, and Eggo commercials. Three years later, King got her first TV role.

Joey King’s first TV series came in 2006 when she guest starred in The Suite Life of Zack & Cody. She actually grabbed two episodes of the Disney Channel series before moving on. That year also saw King grab a role in the series Jericho as well.

After those two series, Joey King was seen in a couple of TV movies, the first one being Avenging Angel, which she followed up with Backyards & Bullets. But it wasn’t until 2008 that King got her first feature film. It wasn’t a large part, but her first film was the horror flick Quarantine.

It would take King another two years before she’d get another feature film role but, in the meantime, she grabbed a few more TV movies and series. These included CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Ghost Whisperer, Anatomy of Hope, and Elevator Girl.

JOEY KING’S BIG BREAK

All of Joey King’s early work was beginning to pay off. In 2010, King got her first lead role in a feature when she played Ramona Quimby in the family film Ramona and Beezus, based on the best-selling book series by Beverly Cleary. There were eight books in the Ramona series which included Beezus and Ramona, Ramona the Pest, Ramona the Brave, Ramona and her Father, Ramona and her Mother, Ramona Quimby Age 8, Ramona Forever, and Ramona’s World.

Starring in the film was actually a turning point for King and her career. It was big for her because she was starring opposite Selena Gomez who, at the time, was right in the middle of her hit Disney Channel series, Wizards of Waverly Place. The film kept much of Cleary’s fun humor and actually had a solid cast that not only starred King and Gomez but Bridget Moynahan (Blue Bloods), John Corbett, Ginnifer Goodwin, Josh Duhamel, and Sandra Oh.

King’s follow-up feature film to Ramona and Beezus was titled Battle Los Angeles. The film followed U.S. Marines as they become the last line of defense against an alien invasion. What is special about this film for King is that she stars once again with Bridget Moynahan. That year also saw King star in the Steve Carell dramedy Crazy, Stupid, Love.

JOEY KING PROVES HERSELF

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Whoever was making decisions for Joey King’s career in the early 2010s was doing a fantastic job. Not only were they getting her great roles, but it continued to show Hollywood that King could act. 2012 saw the 13-year-old grab roles on the TV series New Girl and The Ben and Ari Show. She then found time on the mini-series Bent and followed that with a small part in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises. She was the perfect age to play the teenage daughter and she got to do just that in films like Family Weekend, the first film in The Conjuring horror franchise, and then she got to play Channing Tatum’s daughter in the thriller White House Down. Joey King was growing up right before our very eyes.

As Joey King’s career progressed, so did her roles. She would, from time to time, still take on parts that would keep her as a young teen, but her roles were beginning to mature. After starring as Michael Caine’s granddaughter in the remake of Going in Style, King returned to the horror realm when she led the feature Wish Upon. What King showed with that film, as well as Slender Man the following year, was that King wasn’t afraid to put herself in horror movies.

SHE DOES THINGS IN THREE’S

If starring in horror films doesn’t scare Joey King, does anything? Well, another thing we know doesn’t phase King is removing all the hair from her head. She’s done it for a film not once, not twice, but she has shaved her head three times and, as she told Allure, it is something she “would absolutely do it again.” In fact, she is calling on all women to give it a try. “I think every woman should [shave their head] at least once in their life,” King said via Page Six. “I’ve never felt more free or more in tune with my beauty. I couldn’t hide behind my hair.”

She must be comfortable with it as even internet trolls couldn’t bother her. “A lot of people made fun of me when I had my head shaved. A lot of people said really mean things. But when I had short hair, I actually felt more confident; I felt very powerful. [Their words] slid off my back,” King said.

But King kept it all in perspective and says it even gave her more strength. “I think it really made me a stronger woman actually,” she explained. “I think every girl should shave their head if they get the chance to. It’s really empowering. It may not be a popular opinion, but I feel like it made me embrace my womanhood a lot more.”

King shaved her head for The Dark Knight Rises in 2012, then followed that with another bald pate for 2014’s Wish I Was Here. The third time King shaved her head for a role was for the 2019 mini-series The Act. In it, she played Gypsy Rose Blanchard, who in real life was accused of murdering her mother, Dee Dee.

If you ask Joey King, she has no qualms about starring in The Kissing Booth and both of its sequels. The movies hold a special place for King, who cares not one iota for what critics say about the three films. And even though some critics called the film “corny” or “cringe-worthy,” King said via The News, “I’ll never regret those movies, and I love them so much no matter what anyone says.”

SHE LOVES SOCIAL MEDIA

One thing you are going to get with Joey King is a heavy dose of social media. She is there often, posting her daily adventures. Instagram is King’s go-to and go-to she does. When she isn’t posting about her movie premieres, she is posting about her and her fiancé (sorry fellas) Steven Piet.

She even took to Instagram to announce her engagement to Piet. She did note that the couple decided to wait a month before they announced their engagement.

King even loves showcasing her mother on Instagram.

MORE JOEY KING

Joey King continues to grow and expand. In front of the camera, King just appeared in a major action film called The Princess, where she got to show off her athletic ability and fighting skills. It was great training for her follow-up film, the just-released Bullet Train, where she starred with, and even got the better of, Brad Pitt. It doesn’t appear King’s schedule is going to lighten up any time soon as she has no less than five projects lined up.

Joey King isn’t only staying busy in front of the camera, but she is also finding work on the other side of it as well. She has started her own production company, All The King’s Horses, and since starting it she has produced The Kissing Booth 2 and 3, plus The In Between and The Princess.