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Jade Elizabeth Pettyjohn (born November 8, 2000) is a sixteen-year-old American actress and singer. She is currently portraying Summer Hathaway in School of Rock. She is also known for portraying McKenna in the film, An American Girl: McKenna Shoots for the Stars. Prior to her film and television career, she performed alongside a local children's song and dance troupe from the age of seven. Jade has also played various roles in several television series, such as in RevolutionCriminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, and Grimm. She co-starred in the Nickelodeon Original Movie Rufus 2 which aired in January 2017.

Biography

LA native Jade Pettyjohn began her professional career at the age of seven when she booked a guest starring role on the CBS hit show ‘The Mentalist’ followed by a recurring role in Steven Spielberg’s ‘United States of Tara’. Since then she has gone on to book major guest starring roles in television's top shows such as,  ‘Criminal Minds’, JJ Abrahams series  ‘Revolution’ and  Michael Bay’s series ‘The Last Ship’  and most recently ‘Pure Genius’.  

Jade has worked with Academy Nominated director and actor Kenneth Branagh in the film ‘Prodigal’; starring as McKennain the American Girl franchise film ‘McKenna Shoots for the Stars’;  and the lead role of Bird in the gritty and groundbreaking independent film ‘Girl Flu.’

Jade is a singer/songwriter and a huge music fan. So it was only fitting that she would play Summer in Paramount and Nickelodeon’s ‘School of Rock’ which recently received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Children’s Programming.  

Trivia

  • She made her television debut at the age of eight, on a 2008 episode of The Mentalist.
  • Her first big screen role was on the 2014 film, Dakota's Summer.
  • She guest starred in Nicky, Ricky, Dicky and Dawn as Rose.
  • Although her character, Summer, can't sing, she can.

Credits

Year Title Role Notes
2008 The Mentalist Julie Sands TV Series Guest Star
2009 S.H.M.I.L.U Bella Ryker (Child) Short Film
2009 Stranger Anna Short Film
2010 United States of Tara Kammy TV Series Recurring/Guest Star
2011 The Cape Tracey Jerrod, Age 12 TV Series Guest Star
2011 Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior Samantha Weller TV Series Guest Star
2011 Prodigal Samantha O'Neil Short Film
2012 McKenna Shoots for the Stars McKenna Brooks Film
2012–13 Revolution Charlie Matheson (at 11)/Young Samantha (uncredited as Samantha) TV Series Recurring/Guest Star
2014 Dakota's Summer Summer Jennings Film
2014–15 The Last Ship Ava Tophet TV Series Recurring Character
2014–15 Henry Danger Chloe Hartman TV Series Recurring Character
2015 Shangri-La Suite Young Karen Film
2015 All I Want for Christmas Megan Farley TV Movie
2015 Girl Flu Bird Film
2016– School of Rock Summer Hathaway Main Role
2017 Rufus 2 Kat TV Movie



References

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