Jade Pettyjohn

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Jade Pettyjohn (born November 8, 2000[1]) is an American actress. She is known for her roles as McKenna Brooks in An American Girl: McKenna Shoots for the Stars[2][3], as Summer on the Nickelodeon television series School of Rock[4][5]and as Lexie Richardson on the Hulu drama television miniseries Little Fires Everywhere.

Life and career[edit]

Pettyjohn was born in Los Angeles, California.[1] Prior to her film and television career, she performed alongside a local children's song and dance troupe from the age of seven.[6][7] Pettyjohn has also played various roles in several television series, such as in Revolution, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior,[8] Grimm, The United States Of Tara, The Mentalist, and Pure Genius.[9][10] She co-starred in the Nickelodeon Original Movie Rufus 2 which aired in January 2017.[11]

In September 2017, Pettyjohn was cast as Laura Dern's daughter in the movie Trial by Fire.[12] Additionally, she was added to the cast of the crime thriller film Destroyer,[13] and appeared in the film Against All Enemies.[14] In late 2018, Pettyjohn was cast in Deadwood: The Movie, playing the role of Caroline, a newcomer to the town of Deadwood.[15][16] In 2019 she was cast in the Hulu television series Little Fires Everywhere playing Lexie Richardson, the daughter of Reese Witherspoon's character.[17] In June 2020, it was announced that Pettyjohn had been cast in the upcoming ABC television drama series Big Sky, playing Grace Sullivan who is kidnapped along with her older sister Danielle (Natalie Alyn Lind).[18]



Year Title Role Notes
2014 Dakota's Summer Summer Jennings
2015 Shangri-La Suite Young Karen
2016 Girl Flu Bird
2018 Destroyer Shelby [13]
2018 Trial by Fire Julie Gilbert [12][19]
2019 Seberg Jenny Kowalski [20]


Year Title Role Notes
2008 The Mentalist Julie Sands Episode: "Ladies in Red"
2010 United States of Tara Kammy Episodes: "Trouble Junction", "The Truth Hurts"
2011 Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior Samantha Weller Episode: "Two of a Kind"
2012 Grimm April Granger Episode: "The Bottle Imp"
2012 An American Girl: McKenna Shoots for the Stars McKenna Brooks Television film
2012–2013 Revolution Charlie Matheson (11 Years) / Young Samantha 3 episodes
2014 The Last Ship Ava Tophet Recurring role, 6 episodes
2014 All I Want for Christmas Megan Farley Television film
2014–2015 Henry Danger Chloe Hartman 3 episodes
2015 Nickelodeon's Ho Ho Holiday Special Herself Television special
2016–2018 School of Rock Summer Main role
2016 Pure Genius Madeline Sorenson Episode: "A Bunker Hill Christmas"[21]
2017 Rufus 2 Kat Television film
2017 Nickelodeon's Not So Valentine's Special Herself Television special
2017 Nickelodeon's Sizzling Summer Camp Special Herself Television special
2017 Nickelodeon's Ultimate Halloween Haunted House Herself Television special
2017 Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn Rose Dirken Episode: "The Wonderful Wizard of Quads"
2019 Deadwood: The Movie Caroline Woolgarden Television film[15][16]
2019 The Righteous Gemstones Dot Nancy 3 episodes
2019 Middle School Moguls Celeste Animated television miniseries; main voice role
2020 Little Fires Everywhere Lexie Richardson Main role
2020 Big Sky Grace Sullivan Upcoming TV series; main role[18]

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  1. ^ a b Carey Bryson. "Jade Pettyjohn Interview". About.com. Archived from the original on March 5, 2016. Retrieved November 14, 2013.
  2. ^ "Exclusive: Jade Pettyjohn Talks "McKenna Shoots for the Stars"". ClevverTV. Archived from the original on November 14, 2013. Retrieved November 14, 2013.
  3. ^ "Interview with Jade Pettyjohn". Nick Jr. Retrieved November 14, 2013.
  4. ^ Elizabeth Wagmeister (March 26, 2015). "Nickelodeon Reveals Cast for 'School of Rock' Series". Variety. Retrieved April 7, 2016.
  5. ^ Amy Amatangelo (March 11, 2015). "'School of Rock': TV Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 7, 2016.
  6. ^ "Prodigal Cast". Archived from the original on November 27, 2013. Retrieved November 14, 2013.
  7. ^ "Jade Pettyjohn shoots for the stars (Exclusive Interview)". StayFamous.Net. Retrieved November 14, 2013.
  8. ^ "Our Exclusive Interview with 'McKenna Shoots for the Stars' Lead Actress Jade Pettyjohn". Simply Stacie. Retrieved November 14, 2013.
  9. ^ "'Grimm' episode 'The Bottle Imp' recap: Making the wrong choices - Yahoo TV". Yahoo!. Archived from the original on May 16, 2013. Retrieved November 14, 2013.
  10. ^ "ROCKING REBOOT! The Charismatic JADE PETTYJOHN Makes The Grade On SCHOOL OF ROCK!". The Huffington Post.
  11. ^ Jace Norman in Rufus 2: 'Behind the Scenes' Sneak Peek – Nickelodeon Original Movie Nickelodeon. Nickelodeon. December 10, 2016. Retrieved December 12, 2016 – via YouTube.
  12. ^ a b "'13 Reasons Why's Anne Winters Joins 'Night School'; 'Trial By Fire' Adds Jade Pettyjohn". Deadline Hollywood. September 26, 2017. Retrieved December 4, 2017.
  13. ^ a b "Beau Knapp, Jade Pettyjohn, Toby Huss & More Cast In Karyn Kusama's 'Destroyer'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 4, 2017.
  14. ^ Amanda N'Duka (June 19, 2018). "'Scandal' Alum Cornelius Smith Jr. Cast In 'Against All Enemies'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 20, 2018.
  15. ^ a b Andrew Whalen (November 5, 2018). "Deadwood' Movie Casts Jade Pettyjohn, Series Villain to Return as South Dakota Statehood Looms". Newsweek. Retrieved July 6, 2019.
  16. ^ a b Rick Porter (November 5, 2018). "'Deadwood' Movie Starts Filming with Majority of Cast Returning". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 6, 2019.
  17. ^ "LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE Announces Additional Series Regulars". Broadway World. April 30, 2019. Retrieved July 6, 2019.
  18. ^ a b Denise Petski (June 24, 2020). "'Big Sky': Jade Pettyjohn To Star In David E. Kelley's PI Drama Series For ABC". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 24, 2020.
  19. ^ Kristopher Tapley (August 30, 2018). "'First Man,' 'Front Runner' and 'Roma' Among 2018 Telluride Film Festival Selections". Variety. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
  20. ^ Ariston Anderson (July 25, 2019). "Venice Competition to Include Roman Polanski, Steven Soderbergh, James Gray's 'Ad Astra,' Todd Phillips' 'Joker'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 25, 2019.
  21. ^ "Pure Genius - Episode 1.07 - A Bunker Hill Christmas - Press Release". SpoilerTV.com. November 22, 2016. Retrieved December 9, 2016.

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