Since childhood, Jessica Parker Kennedy has always nurtured the dream of becoming a movie star. With an unwavering belief in herself, she began her walk of fame in the theatres, which she followed up by honing her acting skills at the Mount Royal College, Calgary, where she studied Theatre Arts. Before long, she established herself as a television and film actress.
The Calgary native has been most famous for her works on the small screen, having majorly played TV roles over the course of her career. Some of her notable roles include Bette Sans Souci/Plastique in Smallville, Max in Black Sails and Nora West Allen/XS in The Flash. Get to learn more about Jessica’s early life and how it has impacted her acting career and relationships as well.
A Close Look At Jessica Parker Kennedy’s Childhood Days
In Calgary, Canada, the bold and talented actress was born on October 3rd, 1984. She is the daughter of a retired English teacher, Tonni Kennedy who single-handedly raised her in Canada. She is the only child of her mother and doesn’t know who her biological father is, as he has never shown up in her life. Regarding her ethnicity, Jessica Parker Kennedy is of a mixed ethnic background that comprises African, Italian and Russian.
Fully acknowledging her identity as a mixed-race person, she got close to the only African Canadian student in her school during her third grade. While in high school, the Supergirl actress was into gymnastics, for which she performed excellently. Following her good performances, her mom became scared that she was going to injure herself one day, and as such, stopped her from participating in gymnastics.
She then turned her attention to singing as she sang in the choir during such time and is now a trained vocalist. Since the age of 7, Jessica Parker Kennedy has always been passionate about acting. This prompted her to feature in stage productions as a kid. She made her decision of becoming an actress known to her mom at a very young age.
Amazingly, her mother gave her a nudge in the right direction by encouraging her to enroll at the Mount Royal College situated in Calgary, after completing her high school education. There, she grew in the acting scene while studying theatre arts. As a result of her mom’s unwavering support and motivation, the actress has cited her as a role model. She has also established a budding acting career that has spanned over a decade.
Her Rise To Stardom
Jessica Parker Kennedy put her acting career to a start in the year 2007, when she played a minor role in the TV movie Santa Baby, portraying Lucy the Elf. She followed it up by appearing as Natalee in 10 episodes of the drama TV series Kaya, which debuted on MTV in October 2007 and was canceled after one season. In the next year, the gorgeous actress made her cinematic debut in the American teen musical movie, Another Cinderella Story, playing the role of Tammy.
From 2008 to 2010, she was featured as Bette Sans Souci/Plastique in Smallville, during which she made appearances in numerous other TV shows such as Exes and Ohs, Fear Itself, Soul, The Troop, Undercovers, Brothers & Sisters, and Lie to Me. Jessica then had a career breakthrough when she was cast in the main role as Melissa Glaser in the TV series The Secret Circle in 2011.
Subsequently, she has played lead roles in series such as Black Sails and I Love Bekka & Lucy; as well as recurring roles in 90210 and Colony. Since 2018, Jessica Parker Kennedy has steadily soared into superstardom by first picking up the role of Nora West Allen in Supergirl, before reprising the role in The Flash, where she eventually became a regular in the season 5.
Although her character was written out after appearing in 25 episodes of season 5, the beauteous actress enjoyed fame and fortune while playing the role of a superhero. In like manner, her finances also got boosted through her role in the historical adventure TV series, Black Sails. Being cast in the main role for 4 years in one of the most expensive TV shows in history, Jessica was able to augment her financial value that is said to be over $500,000.
She has further made appearances in other TV series and movies such as Lethal Weapon, The Perfect Guy, Nearlyweds, 50/50, In Time, Fairly Legal, Behemoth, Ransom, Gemini, Deep Murder, Tales, to mention a few.
Facts You Should Know About Her Personal Life
In 2014, it was speculated that the Secret Circle actress was having a romantic relationship with her Black Sails co-star Luke Arnold. The two were spotted enjoying quality time together on multiple occasions in Vancouver, where some of the TV series scenes were shot. Even though they are no longer close as before, both parties didn’t deny or confirm the much-speculated affair.
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Jessica Parker Kennedy, however, is reported to be single at present and is yet to walk down the aisle with her prince charming. Nevertheless, she seemed pretty focused on her career as well as her sensitization about the Pitbull dog breed. Through her Instagram handle, the actress has divulged important information about the misconceptions people often have about Pitbull, as she is an avid Pitbull advocate.
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Having been associated with Stand Up For Pits Foundation, Jessica has taken it upon herself to find homes for stranded Pitbulls. She has also lived by example by providing shelter for a Pitbull named Fresh, which she adopted. Additionally, she has engaged herself in wild cat rescue activities too. Jessica Parker Kennedy was among the famed personalities that raised awareness about the Amazon Fire. She equally organized fundraising events for wild cat rescue including the Comic Dimension she hosted on September 14, 2019, in Greensboro, North Carolina.