Peyton Kennedy, a young Canadian actress, has been making waves in the acting industry with her impressive performances in both film and television. Here are ten things you might not know about her:
1. Peyton Kennedy was born on January 4, 2004, in Toronto, Ontario.
Peyton started her acting career at the Canadian Model and Talent Convention (CMTC) in 2011 when she was seven years old, , which she describes as “crazy to think about now.” She got her first agent from there and started taking acting classes soon after.
Kennedy says that she discovered her love for acting at the age of six while reading the Harry Potter books and watching the movies simultaneously. She fell in love with the concept of transforming words from a page into a visual medium.
Her favorite Harry Potter book is “Goblet of Fire.”
2. Peyton moved to Los Angeles at the end of 2017 and has been living there for almost three years.
3. Peyton is best known for her role as Betty Nelson on the ABC television drama series Grey’s Anatomy (2018–2019).
Kennedy plays the role as Betty on “Grey’s Anatomy,” a character dealing with drug abuse. She has mentioned her desire to portray Betty as more than just her addiction, balancing the aspects of her being a teenager making mistakes with her struggle with substance abuse.
Her portrayal of the character was well-received, earning her recognition in the industry. She has a great admiration for Katarina Scorsone, who played her mother in “Grey’s Anatomy”. She describes Katarina as a mother figure in her life and finds her journey from Toronto to Los Angeles inspiring.
4. She has an impressive range of film roles under her belt, including The Captive (2014), American Fable (2016), and Lavender (2016).
5. She played Kate Messner in the Netflix series, Everything Sucks! (2018)
She played a 15-year-old girl who is trying to figure out her sexuality. The role was praised for its sensitive and authentic portrayal of teenage struggles. Peyton describes this role as the “highlight of her career” due to the impact it had on viewers.
Peyton keeps a journal where she writes about her characters, providing background information that helps her portray them. For Kate Messner, she decided that her birthday was August 28, 1981.
Her favorite episode to film for “Everything Sucks!” was the one where they went to Bend, Oregon. She described the experience as being like a field trip with the rest of the cast.
Kennedy also reflected on the close-knit cast of “Everything Sucks!” and the unique bond they shared. She describes the experience as being like a camp, with the cast members forming a family-like bond. Kennedy also expresses her appreciation for the ’90s aesthetic of the show and the research they did to immerse themselves in the era.
6. Peyton Kennedy had a recurring role on the PBS Kids television show Odd Squad (2014–2017).
She has also made appearances on numerous other shows, including Copper, The Ron James Show, Hannibal, Between, Murdoch Mysteries, Killjoys, and Taken.
7. She has also starred in several short films, including The Offering (2012), To Look Away (2013), Dorsal (2014), and Sunny Side Up (2017).
8. Peyton has been nominated for and won several awards for her performances.
She won the Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Short Film for “To Look Away” and the Savannah Film Festival’s Breakout Performance award for “American Fable”.
9. She is a fan of the Harry Potter series, with the fourth book, “Goblet of Fire,” being her favorite.
10. Kennedy’s biggest dream is to use her platform as a successful actress to advocate for causes she believes in and to make the world a more accepting place.
Her advice to her fans is to stay true to themselves, choose kindness, and seek help when struggling.
She feels a sense of responsibility as a young performer and hopes to continue impacting her fans positively. She also expresses her desire to take on diverse roles in the future to expand her horizons.