Born as Mika Sue Boorem, Mika Boorem is one of America’s most talented and beautiful young actresses in the entertainment industry. Although she is also a director and producer, Mika is best known for her acting career and particularly for her role in the 2001 American-Australian mystery drama thriller film, Hearts in Atlantis and the 2004 American teen film, Sleepover.
Mika Boorem’s Biography
Mika was born in Tucson, Arizona, on August 18, 1987. The young actress was raised by her parents, Benjamin Melvin Boorem and Holly Sue (née Thomas) at a ranch near Sahuaro National Park East just outside of Tucson, Arizona. Born with the birth sign of Leo, Mika started acting in local theatre in Arizona at the age of seven. She then followed her parents to Los Angeles where she attended a private bilingual international school called Lycée Français de Los Angeles. There, she received a Presidential Award for her Academic Excellence.
While in her new location, Mika made several respectable filmographies as she availed herself for great opportunities to work with highly respected actors and actresses such as Brian Grazer, Drew Barrymore, Morgan Freeman, Penny Marshall, Lawrence Bender, Lee Tamahori, and Roland Emmerich to name a few.
In 1995, she played voice role of Kinuyo in the Japanese Animated drama film, Whisper of the Heart and two years later, she made her first feature film in The Education of Little Tree where she acted as a little white girl who is passionately in love with an American Indian boy, much to the dismay of her loving but small-minded parents. Mika has a younger sibling called Benjamin Boorem.
5 Facts You Need To Know About The American Actress
1. Mika’s Name is Gotten from Finnish and Russian Languages
Although her name may sound boyish, Mika is also used for a girl child and it is predominantly used in the Russian language. The name is also of Hebrew origin as a variant of Micah or Michael as used in Czech, English, French, German, and Yiddish. In the Japanese language, the name means beautiful flower. Mika’s mother is of Ashkenazi Jewish descent while her father is of Swedish descent.
2. She Earned Two Nominations as a Child Actor
Between 1997 and 1998, Mika Boorem was nominated for two major awards- a Young Artist Award nomination and a YoungStar Award. These two were as a result of her creative roles in the two films The Education of Little Tree and Jack Frost released in 1997 and 1998, respectively. These two films further made her famous as a young actress and made her open to more acting roles in the movies. The action/adventure family drama, Mighty Joe Young and the drama film, Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her, are good examples of films that followed her rise to fame as a result of the prestigious nominations.
3. Other Feature Film Credits and TV Appearances
Some of Mika’s feature film credit include Good Day For It, Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, Carolina, A Dark Desire, Along Came a Spider, The Patriot, Riding in Cars with Boys, Trucker, The Ward, Virgin Alexander, Blue Crush and Out To Lunch.
Talking about her appearances on TV programmes, Mika was also known for taking active roles in TV series that was aired between 1996 and 2008. Among these series include the American science fiction drama series, The Burning Zone where she acted as a Little Girl in the episode one titled “Pilot”. Others are Touched by an Angel (as Melissa Houghton), Dawson’s Creek (as Harley Hetson), The Initiation of Sarah (as Sarah Goodwin) Ghost Whisperer (as Olivia Keller) and many others.
4. Mika Boorem’s Salary and Net Worth
Following her creative roles as an actress and a producer, Mika Boorem is believed to have an estimated net worth of $1 million. Her annual salary has not been made public. In 2013, Mika made her debut as a movie director in the short film Love Thy Neighbor, which she also wrote and produced.
5. Charity work
Always eager to give back to her society, the 1.67m tall actress is a co-founder of an independent organization named MadaKilonga, which works on bettering the lives of Madagascar children. She is also a youth ambassador for charity Operation Smile. She is single with a straight sexual orientation but she has kept matters about her personal life away from the public.