Oona Laurence is the young theatre actress best known for portraying the role of Matilda Wormwood in Matilda. She is also famous for her role in the 2015 American sports drama film Southpaw.
Laurence as Leila is not the main character in the movie Southpaw, as the main character is her onscreen father in this movie Billy Hope (Jake Gyllenhaal). Despite the fact, Laurence is the secret weapon in the movie to make the movie more watch-worthy.
The relation between Billy and Leila is the heart of the movie since the father and daughter are separated due to the legal system. The girl desperately wants to be with her father but the situation does not allow her.
The tragedy and emotions between parent and child are the core of the movie.
Leila being the young actress is said to be the mature one in her acting.
Director Antoine Fuqua says-
”I gave her several things off the page while reading with Jake and she stayed focused and confident with whatever we threw her way. She stayed right there with us and added her own special touch. She is a very mature young actress.”
The young girl with mature acting skills is a New York City-based child with her acting credits in film, theatre and television.
Active in acting since last 7 years, she has already appeared in more than dozens of movies and is moving ahead as a better actress.