In the thriving, exciting entertainment world, “Young Hollywood” is known as being a select group of young, emerging actors on the rise. They attend the most exclusive parties, constantly have intense media coverage, and are offered the newest, hottest projects in the business. Included in this elite group is actress, model, and entrepreneur Cody Kennedy. At the age of 18, Cody is already known for being passionate and gracious, undeniably dynamic and stunningly beautiful, and a rare talent in an over saturated community of actors. Having already made her mark in the modeling industry, co-starred on a critically acclaimed television series, and with plans to launch her own clothing line “Cody Kennedy” in 2010, Cody is without a doubt one of the brightest stars to watch in the industry.
Born on December 9, 1991 in Hollywood, Cody moved to Santa Monica eight years later, where she has lived ever since. As one of four girls in her family of six, Cody found her identity through her love of acting and performing for others. Cody’s ambition was clearly unstoppable to everyone around her from very early on. After participating in numerous school plays, Cody’s thirst for acting only grew as she realized her fervor for performing, and portraying characters. At thirteen-years-old, she was discovered by a manager that placed her in acting classes with some of the top acting coaches in the business. Cody spent time studying musical theatre, however acting in television and film surfaced as her true passions.
Cody’s very first jobs included appearing in Jon McLaughlin’s 2006 “Beautiful Disaster” music video and making cameos in videos for top artists including Miley Cyrus, Leona Lewis, Mitchel Musso, and Esmée Denters. From music videos, she transitioned smoothly into modeling and, in 2009, modeled in Fashion Week for designers Chelsea Rebelle and Sarah Bannon, which led to a feature in Nylon Magazine Online. She was the Box Eight LA Fashion Week Host, and hosted additional Young Hollywood shows at the Los Angeles Theatre. In addition, Cody has done modeling campaigns for StampD’LA, Raw Girls, Purlieu/Native American Vintage, Hippo Gorilla Giraffe Vintage Clothes, Jayro White, Sarah Jessica Parker’s clothing line Bitten, Puma, and Eastpack. Cody has been seen in numerous publications nationally and internationally including being chosen as Nylon magazine’s October “It Girl” alongside Zooey Deschanel, Brillia Girl Magazine (Japan), Prim Magazine, COCO Magazine (Cover), ELLE Girl Magazine (Japan), Salon City Magazine (US), Playboy Magazine, Cliche; Magazine (Cover), ELLE Magazine (France) Teen Vogue, Vogue (France and Germany) and more.
On the television and film front, Cody has been featured on the Disney Channel, booked several national commercials for top companies including McDonald’s, Sears, and Red Bull, played the role of “Evan” in “God’s Plan for Stan” (a short film directed by Taylor Ghrist) and “Brittney” in the feature film Tru Loved (2008). She also was seen in the independent film “To Heaven and Back”, where she played “Beth Riley”, a character who suffers with problems of abortion and suicide. However, she is best known in television for her role on A&E’s “Gene Simmons: Family Jewels” (2006). Cody recently finished filming the short film Hush (1998) directed by Conrad T. Curtis and, in 2010, is set to model for Pour La Frime and will be the face of JoyRich’s February 2010 campaign. She recently booked the lead role of “Kari Temple” in the independent film The Youngster (2010), to be directed by Alexander Wenger, with ‘Najarra Townsend’ attached. The Disney Channel has cast Cody as Russian vixen, “Sasha Matryoshka”, in one of the networks highest-rated sitcoms, “The Suite Life on Deck” (2008). She will be appearing as a recurring guest star in the upcoming third season.
With a broad range of talent as an actress, noteworthy accomplishments as a model, and plans to expand the “Cody Kennedy” brand in 2010 with her clothing line, Cody is undoubtedly a star on the rise.