Get to know star Jade Pettyjohn because she’s part of the next generation of Hollywood.
From Hulu’s hit Little Fires Everywhere to critically-acclaimed biopic Seberg, Jade Pettyjohn has worked with the best of the best in both TV and film. Her recent turn as kidnapped teen Grace in new ABC series Big Sky already has fans talking about that big first episode twist and adds to Pettyjohn’s rising stardom.
Pettyjohn sat down via Zoom with The Knockturnal to discuss working with legendary showrunner David E. Kelley on Big Sky. “I was immediately captivated by this really weird, strange, quirky world that has very dark little underbellies to it,” she reflected. “I loved the character of Grace. I love that [David E. Kelly] wrote a fighter and not a victim, and to see that evolve as the series evolves is really exciting.”
Pettyjohn also learned from fellow Kelley alum Reese Witherspoon on Little Fires Everywhere. As Witherspoon’s onscreen eldest daughter Lexie, Pettyjohn transfixed audiences with her hauntingly realistic portrayal of a problematically privileged high school senior.
“It’s such an important story that needed to be told, specifically playing Lexie who is such a complicated character,” Pettyjohn opened up. “She was so flawed and didn’t even know it. To see people resonate with that and to sort of ask bigger questions to themselves of really being willing to see themselves in a clearer light…it was really beautiful to me.”
Check out the video above to learn about Pettyjohn’s favorite quarantine binges, why she’s inspired to “unapologetically take up space,” and how the world is primed for a renaissance in 2021.
“Big Sky” airs Tuesdays, 10 pm ET on ABC.