“I'm the kind of person who likes to dance around the set and go 'Hi, everybody!' I'm not the kind of person who sits off by myself and ignores everyone. I like to be happy!” Jenna Boyd
American child actress Jenna Boyd achieved her biggest breakthrough (so far) at age 10 when she was cast as Dot, the daughter of Cate Blanchett's Maggie Gilkenson, in Ron Howard's “The Missing” (2003). Her moving performance was critically applauded and she was handed a Young Artist Award and received Saturn, Phoenix Film Critics Society and Las Vegas Film Critics Society nominations. Other notable performances include the adopted daughter of David Spade in “Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star” (2004, earned a Young Artist nomination), the leukemia suffering Bailey in the box office hit “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” (2005, nabbed Teen Choice and Young Artist nominations) and Felice Wallace in the made-for-TV film “Mary Christmas” (2002, netted a Young Artist nomination). She has also guest starred in a number of TV series.
Besides acting, the multi-talented Boyd is also an award winning skater.
Childhood and Family:
The daughter of Michael Barry Boyd and Deborah Lyn Cade, Jenna Michelle Boyd was born on March 4, 1993, in Bedford, Texas. Due to the profession of her father, who now flies for Delta Air, she and her family later relocated to Atlanta, Georgia. She later moved to California to pursue her acting career. Her mother and her younger brother, Cayden Boyd (also an actor), accompanied her on the move.
When she is not acting, Jenna, known by family and close friends simply as Jen, enjoys competitive figure skating. Her other hobbies include horseback riding, making homemade perfumes, running a spy club with her friends, attending church and spending time with her little brother. She has just begun to learn how to play the guitar. At school, Jenna is a straight A student.
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
Jenna Boyd started her career at age 2 when her mother entered her into a modeling search. Thanks to her interest and sweet nature, she quickly impressed agents who told her mother to send Boyd to agencies. Subsequently, she found herself appearing in commercials and print ads and was cast as one of the young children in “The Barney Show.”
While living in Atlanta, her agent suggested to her mother that they temporarily moved to Los Angeles to audition. The move paid off and Boyd was immediately seen in such TV shows as “Titus” (2001), “Just Shoot Me” (2001), “Six Feet Under” (2002), “CSI: Miami” and “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” (both 2002). TV audience also found the young actress starring as Felice Wallace, a young girl who writes a letter to Santa Clause asking for a mommy, in the made-for-TV film “Mary Christmas” (2002). The performance brought Boyd a Young Artist nomination for Best Performance in a TV Movie, Mini-Series or Special-Supporting Young Actress.
Her first film role arrived a year later when Boyd was cast in the small role of Loretta Kravitz, daughter of Benicio Del Toro's character, in the William Friedkin-directed “The Hunted.” The action/thriller also starred Tommy Lee Jones. She followed that up as David Spade's adopted daughter, Sally, in the comedy film “Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star” (2004) for director Sam Weisman. For her effort, Boyd received her next Young Artist nomination, this time in the category of Best Performance in a Feature Film - Supporting Young Actress.
After a short return to the small screen where she appeared in the 2003 “Milfay” episode of the successful HBO show “Carnivàle,” Boyd was cast in her breakthrough screen role as Cate Blanchett's daughter, Dot Gilkenson, in the Ron Howard western/thriller “The Missing” (2003). Although the movie was not particularly well-received, Boyd won a 2004 Young Artist award for Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actress, as well as a Saturn, a Phoenix Film Critics Society and a Las Vegas Film Critics Society nomination. After the performance, she was hailed by many critics as “the new Jodie Foster.”
In 2005, Boyd was seen as Bailey Graffman in the adventure/comedy hit “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants,” based on the bestselling novel by Ann Brashares. Her fine performance brought the gifted performer a Teen Choice nomination for Choice Movie Breakout Performance – Female and a Young Artist nomination for Best Performance in a Feature Film - Supporting Young Actress. Among her costars in the movie were Amber Tamblyn, Alexis Bledel, America Ferrera and Blake Lively.
In March 30, 2007, Boyd appeared as Julie in the “Children of Ghosts” episode of the drama series “Ghost Whisperer,” starring Jennifer Love Hewitt and David Conrad. As for her upcoming project, she will play the supporting role of Mackenzie in the romantic comedy “Wild Child” (2008), directed by Nick Moore and jointly scripted by Lucy Dahl and Daisy Donovan. She will also portray Elizabeth 'Zee' Foster in the TV miniseries “The Gathering” (2007). The series will also star Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Peter Fonda and Peter Gallagher.
Young Artist: Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actress, “The Missing,” 2004