Jenna Boyd

Jenna Michelle Boyd (born March 4, 1993) is an American actress. She is best known for her roles in the feature films The Missing and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and the Netflix series Atypical.

Jenna Boyd
Jenna Michelle Boyd

(1993-03-04) March 4, 1993
Alma materPepperdine University
Years active2001–present
RelativesCayden Boyd (brother)

Early life, education and family

Jenna Boyd was born in Bedford, Texas. She was discovered at age two in a modeling search.[1][2] She and her parents and younger brother Cayden (also an actor)[1] relocated to Los Angeles to pursue her acting career. In September 2019, she moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma as part of the Tulsa Remote program.[3]

She is a graduate of Pepperdine University, where she earned a business degree.[4]


Boyd began her career at age three,[1] appearing in episodes of the children's TV show Barney & Friends.[2] She simultaneously acted and figure skated.[2] In Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star she plays the daughter of a family hired by the titular character (David Spade) to help him recapture his childhood. Boyd's big break came when she was cast in The Missing, alongside Cate Blanchett and Evan Rachel Wood. Boyd's performance was praised in critical reviews of this film, although the film itself was not particularly well received.

In 2005 Boyd played the leukemia-suffering Bailey Graffman in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.[1] Other roles include the Lifetime miniseries The Gathering in which she played the daughter of a doctor (Peter Gallagher) searching for his wife and in the Ghost Whisperer episode "Children of Ghosts", playing a troubled teenager living in a foster home. In 2017, she played Paige Hardaway, the girlfriend of the autistic main character, Sam Gardner, in the Netflix series Atypical.

Boyd is also a skincare consultant for Rodan and Fields, having been inspired by acne problems during her teenage years.[4]


Year Title Role Notes
2003 The Hunted Loretta Kravitz
2003 Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star Sally Finley
2003 The Missing Dot Gilkeson
2005 In an Instant The Girl
2005 The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Bailey
2012 Complicity Rachel
2012 Last Ounce of Courage Maddie Rogers
2014 Runaway Abby
Year Title Role Notes
2001 The Geena Davis Show Kid Episode: "Car Wash"
2001 Titus 5-Year-Old Shannon Episode: "Shannon's Song"
2001 Just Shoot Me! Hannah Gallo Episode: "Christmas? Christmas!"
2002 Special Unit 2 (voice) Episode: "The Piper"
2002 Six Feet Under 7-Year-Old Girl Episode: "The Secret"
2002 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Sasha Rittle Episode: "Cross Jurisdictions"
2002 Mary Christmas Felice Wallace TV movie
2003 Carnivàle Maddy Crane Episode: "Milfay"
2007 Ghost Whisperer Julie Parker Episode: "Children of Ghosts"
2007 The Gathering Elizabeth 'Zee' Foster TV miniseries
2008 Criminal Minds Jessica Evanson Episode: "Minimal Loss"
2017-present Atypical Paige Hardaway Recurring role

Awards and nominations

Year AwardCategoryRoleResult
2003 Young Artist AwardBest Performance in a TV Movie, Mini-Series or Special - Supporting Young ActressFelice Wallace in Mary ChristmasNominated
2004Best Performance in a Feature Film - Supporting Young ActressSally Finney in Dickie Roberts: Former Child StarNominated
Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young ActressDot Gilkeson in The MissingWon
Phoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest Performance by a Youth in a Lead or Supporting Role - FemaleNominated
Las Vegas Film Critics Society AwardsYouth in FilmNominated
Saturn AwardBest Performance by a Younger ActorNominated
2005 Teen Choice AwardChoice Movie Breakout Performance - FemaleBailey Graffman in The Sisterhood of the Traveling PantsNominated
2006 Young Artist AwardBest Performance in a Feature Film - Supporting Young ActressNominated
2008Best Performance in a TV Series - Guest Starring Young ActressJulie Parker in Ghost WhispererNominated


  1. "Jenna Boyd: Sob Sister". Washington Post. June 1, 2005. Retrieved August 8, 2019.
  2. Spencer, Samuel (September 14, 2018). "Atypical season 2 cast: Who is Jenna Boyd? Who plays Paige?". Retrieved August 8, 2019.
  3. staff, Tyler Butler, KTUL (2019-09-03). "Actress moves to Tulsa as part of Tulsa Remote program". KTUL. Retrieved 2019-09-06.
  4. Parker, Maggie (October 18, 2017). "Bailey from 'The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants' is all grown up — and a stunning skin care guru". Retrieved August 8, 2019.
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