Julia Jones (born January 23, 1981) is an American actress, known for playing Leah Clearwater in The Twilight Saga films and Kohana in the HBO series Westworld.
Julia Jones was born January 23, 1981 in Boston, Massachusetts, the daughter of Frank Jones, an African American lawyer, and Penny Wells. She is of Choctaw, Chickasaw, English and African American descent. Jones studied at The Boston Ballet School from the age of 4. She began working in commercials and local theatre when she was eight. Jones graduated from the historic Boston Latin School, the oldest public school in America, and later Columbia University with a degree in English.
Jones has modeled in catalogues for Levi Strauss & Co., Gap Inc., Esprit Holdings, and L'Oréal. She appeared in Chuck Wicks's music video for "Hold That Thought".
Jones appeared in a number of independent films before being cast in the Quentin Tarantino produced biker remake Hell Ride, which premiered at Sundance in 2008. She played Dr. Kaya Montoya on ER in its final two seasons. In 2009, she appeared in the Culture Clash play, Palestine, New Mexico, at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. In 2010, Jones was cast in Jonah Hex and in the last three installments of The Twilight Saga. In 2015, she played the female lead opposite Adam Sandler in The Ridiculous 6 and Gab on the Netflix series Longmire.