Shelley Hennig’s star continues to shine – now brighter than ever.
The actress and St. Charles Parish native stars in the new Netflix action-comedy Obliterated, which premiered on the streaming service in November. The eight-episode series featured Hennig as Ava Winters, a CIA official who is tasked with leading her team through a perilous situation.
The premise of the film sees an elite joint-special operations team assembled from various branches of the U.S. Armed Forces and intelligence services attempting to stop a deadly terrorist network from detonating a bomb that would level Las Vegas. The team completes the mission and celebrates with a night on the town. But they ultimately discover that the nuclear bomb they neutralized was fake, so the team must fight through their intoxications to find the real one to save the day.
Filming for the show took place in July of 2022 in Las Vegas and New Mexico. The creators of the show, Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg, and Josh Heald are the minds behind the popular Netflix series Cobra Kai.
It’s the latest major role for Hennig, 36, a former Miss Teen USA winner who grew up in St. Rose and Destrehan.
Her first big break as an actress came when she joined the cast of Days of Our Lives, taking on the role of Stephanie Johnson. Her performance earned her an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Younger Actress, the first of her two Emmy nominations.
Hennig is well-known for her time on the MTV series Teen Wolf as Malia Tate. She would remain a regular part of the show from the series third season until its seventh and final season.
She has also been a star on the big screen, earning her first movie roles in the 2014 horror films Ouija and Unfriended – the latter saw her with a lead role in a film that grossed nearly $50 million.
She would go on to earn roles in several other films, including Teen Wolf: The Movie, a reunion film starring the cast of the popular TV series. That film was released on Paramount+ in January of this year.
That is one of two movies released recently that Hennig is a part of, also including The List. Last year, she portrayed the role of Alice in the film Gatlopp.
Hennig is a graduate of St. Charles Borromeo School and Destrehan High School.
Her Miss Teen USA pageant victory in 2004 netted an acting scholarship to the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts in New York City, something she has credited as a life-changing experience.