Jessica Parker Kennedy

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Jessica Parker Kennedy

Born

10/3/1984, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Birth Name

Jessica Parker Kennedy

Gender

Female
  • Jessica Parker Kennedy as Melissa on The...
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  • Trivia

    • Jessica was suppose to have a role in the TV series Undercovers, as the younger sister of the lead character, but the role went to Mekia Cox.

  • Quotes

    • Jessica: (on relationship) I want to be in a relationship with someone who knows how to take care of himself and is therefore able to take care of me. That way we can put each other first.

    • Jessica: When I was younger, the idea of the bad boy was appealing, but then I grew up and realized that stable people are more fulfilling. Bad boys need more time to themselves.

    • Jessica: (on doing shark diving on free-time while shooting Black Sails in Capetown) I got to go shark cage diving. Every time you see a picture of a great white shark jumping out of the water and eating a seal on National Geographic it's shot right outside Cape Town. There's a plethora of great whites in the ocean there. I can't believe the surfers are out at 6 o'clock every morning in their wetsuits surfing in this water that's littered with sharks—there are attacks every year! It looks scary but as soon as I get afraid of something,

    • Jessica: (on doing shark diving on free-time while shooting Black Sails in Capetown) I got to go shark cage diving. Every time you see a picture of a great white shark jumping out of the water and eating a seal on National Geographic it's shot right outside Cape Town. There's a plethora of great whites in the ocean there. I can't believe the surfers are out at 6 o'clock every morning in their wetsuits surfing in this water that's littered with sharks—there are attacks every year! It looks scary but as soon as I get afraid of something,

    • Jessica: (on her role in Black Sails) I relate to Max wanting to find love and be loved but obviously we have very different jobs. And the people who live on Nassau are quite selfish because it's survival of the fittest. Everything they do is for money and to survive. I would never manipulate somebody and put somebody in peril so that I could get rich off of it. She doesn't do that because she's a malicious person, she does that because she needs to survive. So there's not a lot that we have in common other than we're both women looking for love and a better life.

    • Jessica: (on shooting Black Sails in Capetown, South Africa) On top of that, I knew they were shooting it in Capetown, South Africa and it would be a fun adventure.

    • Jessica: (on working in Black Sails with Michael Bay) I'm also a fan of Michael Bay's movies, and having his name on it obviously brought a lot clout to the idea. I was excited to be part of something he was doing. And the great thing about Max is that she's seductive, smart, and manipulative as well, so I tried to play her that way while hopefully not doing the worst French accent ever.

    • Jessica: (on her favorite shows) I have many - Breaking Bad, American Horror Story, Sons of Anarchy.

    • Jessica: (on her favorite destination of travel) The most 'exciting' place was Peru. That place is full of magic! I went to Machu Picchu and I also spent some time in the jungle in Bolivia. My eyes were wide open all the time. I was so excited to be there!

    • Jessica: (on what she does with her free time) I love to watch movies and my favorite TV shows. I also love to be on the beach.

    • Jessica: (on her dream job) To be in a film working with actors I respect and look up to.

    • Jessica: (on the role she would like to play) Buffy - the forbidden love, the fighting skills, the lack of fear. Very very cool!

    • Jessica: (on her role of Plastique in Smallville) I loved watching the scifi effects afterwards! When someone gives you the chance to play super-power-make-believe for real, it's a thrilling experience. Then to see the final product on screen is pretty electrifying. It was delightful working on the Smallville set. The actors are really kind and genuine people and I had a lot of fun! Oh ya, I loved wearing the leather get-up. It made me feel cool!

    • Jessica: (on her favorite supernatural show) I was a larger than life Buffy - The Vampire Slayer fan growing up.

    • Jessica: (on magic) I believe in magic but I also believe that the most simple and beautiful things in life can by magical - the birth of a child, the energy you can feel when an animal looks you in the eyes, the moment right before it starts to rain. That's all magic to me.

    • Jessica: (on her Secret Circle co-stars and director) The other actors on the show have quickly become my dear friends. We all come to work ready to have fun, prepared and wanting to give our best performances. I have so much love and respect for my costars. Kevin is a really great man and a very smart writer. I am so happy to be a part of one of his projects.

    • Jessica: (on getting ready for her role in the TV series Secret Circle) When I was a teenager my friends and I were obsessed with the movie The Craft and the idea that maybe we could be witches. We borrowed spell books from the library and did incantations. We took it really seriously. So I guess I feel like I've been preparing for this role for a long time!

    • Jessica: (on her role in the TV series Secret Circle) Melissa is passionate and grounded. She isn't evil but she hasn't exactly found her place in the circle in terms of how good or bad she is. She definitely has a naughty side but she's got a good heart and as soon as things get too serious she reigns it in.

    • Jessica: (on her role in Black Sails) I'm not technically on the pirate ships. I do a lot of wheeling and dealing from the brothel. But I'm not in the brothel all the time, either. I'm around and about. But I have this fantasy that I'm going to turn into this really bad-ass pirate, living on the ship and killing really smarmy men.

    • Jessica: (on being in a pirate based TV series Black Sails) I used to think being a pirate was a really, cool, sexy thing. It's not. It's terrifying. It's a really horrifying, filthy, scary world where people died from simple things. When a cannon goes off, the splinter from the wood gets in their eyes and they get an infection. Or they don't have enough to eat. Or they get scurvy. It's a terrifying way to survive.

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