Who is Shelley Hennig?

Shelley Hennig is an American actress, model, and beauty pageant titleholder, who gained her fame appeared the part of Stephanie Johnson in more than 465 episodes of the soap opera “Days of Our Lives” (2007-2017), and as Malia Tate in the TV series “Teen Wolf” (2014-2017). She is also known as the Miss Teen USA 2004.

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Shelley Hennig Age, Childhood, and Education

Born Shelley Catherine Henning on the 2nd January 1987, in Metairie, Louisiana USA, she is the younger child of Glenn H. Hennig Sr., and his wife Catherine Distefano Gosset.

She had an older brother who tragically died at 18 years old, after being involved in a drink-driving car accident. From an early age, Shelley was obsessed with beauty and fashion, and in 2004 she won the Miss Louisiana Teen USA contest, and the same year was named Miss Teen USA – part of her reward was a scholarship to the New York Conservatory of Dramatic Arts, plus a contract with the Trump Modeling Management agency.

During her reign as a Miss Teen USA, Shelley was a part of the Miss Universe Organization, and would make appearances in various TV shows, while she also made her acting debut in the TV series “Passions”. Shelley previously attended Destrehan High School, where she excelled academically.

Shelley Hennig

Acting Career

After her debut, it took three years before she was selected for the part of Stephanie Johnson in the soap opera “Days of Our Lives” (2007-2017), but the wait was worth it as she subsequently featured in 468 episodes of the Primetime Emmy Award-nominated series, and she herself earned a couple of Daytime Emmy Award nominations for her work on the show, in 2010 and 2012. Her career was going in the right direction, and in 2011 she secured another regular role as Diana Meade in the TV series “The Secret Circle” (2011-2012).

From 2014 to 2017, she starred in the action fantasy drama series “Teen Wolf”, which earned her Teen Choice Summer TV Star: Female Award in 2016. Meantime in 2014 Shelley also made her film debut, as she featured in the horror films “Unfriended”, and “Ouija”.

National Star

She’s stated that acting feels natural to her, and she’s continued with film roles too, appearing in the romantic comedy-drama film “Summer of 8” in 2016, with Carter Jenkins, Michael Grant, and Matt Shively as the stars of the film.

She now had the lead role in the comedy series “Liberty Crossing” (2018). Most recently, she starred in the romantic fantasy comedy film “When We First Met”, next to Alexandra Daddario and Adam Devine.

Shelley Hennig Wealth

Shelley has earned a decent amount through her acting endeavors, and her net worth is estimated at $1 million.

Shelley Hennig Personal Life, Dating

Shelley has had a few romances in the past, though she is currently single. From 2007 to 2012, she was in a relationship with her “Days of Our Lives” co-star Jay Kenneth Johnson. Her next lover was Thomas Dekker, also an actor and her co-star from “The Secret Circle”, however, the two dated only briefly in 2012. The following year, Shelley was in a relationship with yet another actor; this time, it was Bill McKenzie.

“I was a dancer my whole life. Then I randomly entered this pageant and the next thing I knew, I was Miss Teen USA. At the time I was like "Are you playing a joke on me? How the fuck did I win this?”

Posted by Shelley Hennig on Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Shelley Hennig Interesting Facts, Height, Weight

Shelley is a dancer as well, having enjoyed dancing as early as being two years old when she joined a dancing studio. Her love for dancing gave birth to another passion, acting. During her active pursuit of dancing skills, Shelley won numerous awards at dancing competitions.

Shelley is an advocate against underage drinking, influenced by her brother’s premature death.

She has earned recognition for her work with a local Louisiana non-profit organization called ‘C.A.D.A’ (Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse).

Shelley was the fastest typist during her senior year in high school, and excelled in spelling, having participated in several spelling bee competitions. Henning is an amateur poet as well, having published two poems in the Young Authors Book of Poetry. Shelley stands at 5ft 8ins (1.73m), and weighs 126lbs ~ 57kgs.


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