- Full Name Jenna Lyng Adams
- Occupation Actress, Screenwriter, Producer
- Nationality American
- Spouses Los Angeles-based director and writer Jackson Adams
"As an actor, I want to find the raw, emotional truth of a scene. There is this buzz of electricity in your body when you hit that chord. It’s scary and thrilling all at once. And similarly, when you watch an actor perform something so raw, you feel that. It’s what gives you goosebumps. As a writer, I love being able to hop into different characters’ minds. It’s freeing compared to a singular acting role. But conversely, you have to create the emotional truth rather than find it."
Jenna Lyng Adams | BiographyCast of the Upcoming HBO Max TV Movie 'So Much'
Adams got a breakout role when she was cast in the Netflix comedy-drama series The Kominsky Method. Created by Chuck Lorre, the series premiered on 16 November 2018. In the series, Adams portrayed the role of Darshani, one of the students of the acting class run by Sandy Kominsky (played by Michael Douglas). She played the role of a creative student with a streak of inner-darkness, who often finds inspiration from her twisted upbringing. In total, Adams appeared in 20 out of 22 episodes of the series.
Jenna Lyng Adams is an American actor and screenwriter famous for her role as Darshani in the Netflix series The Kominsky Method.
Who is Jenna Lyng Adams?
Jenna Lyng Adams is an actor, producer, and screenwriter. She began her acting and screenwriting career in 2010. She rose to fame after playing Kate in the award-winning mystery crime drama film Uncle John in 2015. In 2018, she got a breakout role as acting student Darshani in the Netflix comedy series The Kominsky Method. She is also known for her screenwriting and acting in the thriller drama film Before the Fire.
Early Bio and Career
Adams grew up in Minnesota and was involved with many theatre companies. She also participated in school plays. The movie renting culture and Netflix exposed her to diverse movies. "My interest in film began as a teenager renting independent and foreign films. And Netflix was actually a huge game-changer for me. Granted, there wasn’t a streaming service then, but I could get DVDs that weren’t available in my hometown and have them mailed directly to me. As my world opened up, I bought a camera to start making my own short films, " Adams shares.
Eventually, Adams graduate with a Bachelor of Film Production from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts
Adams began her acting career in the 2010 short comedy-drama video Your Boyfriend’s Funeral. It was a seven-minute video by director Dan Kwan. Adams starred in the role of Ashley in the video alongside Amin Mammadoc. In 2011, she appeared as Zooey in director Nick Gordon’s short film Being Henry.
First Television Role
Adams earned her first television role when she was cast in the role of Brooke in the comedy television series Girl Crazy in 2012. The same year, she guest-starred in the role of hot girl in the sport-drama series Make It or Break It and also appeared in the dark comedy short Otis.
In 2013, she appeared as Selina in Waymon Boone’s thriller film The Devil’s in the Details and as Selene Dawson in the TV movie Brandt Point, which was directed by Emile B. Levisetti and co-written by Meredith Lavender and Marcie Ulin. That year, she also appeared in the action-comedy television series Run DMZ and the short drama Aegis. In 2014, she starred in the role of Sharla The Elf Queen on Fantasy Women Battles, in which 16 women warriors fight to the death playing fantasy characters.
Adams finally came to prominence after portraying the role of Kate in the 2015 mystery crime drama film Uncle John, co-written by Erik Crary and Steven Piet and directed by Piet. The film won several awards and nominations for its excellent screenplay and cinematography, among others. In 2015, Adams also starred in the role of Whitney in Levon Mergian’s short drama The Desert King, alongside Josiah Lipscomb.
In 2018, she appeared as Miss USA in an episode titled ‘Heavy is the Crown’ of the sci-fi comedy television series Miss 2059. The series was co-created by Anna Akana, Aaron Brownstein, and Simon Ganz. That year, she also appeared in the comedy film Spivak, which was co-written and co-directed by Anthony Abrams and Adam arson Broder. Later, she appeared in an episode of the action drama series S.W.A.T in 2019.
She then starred in the role of Ava Boone in the 2020 thriller drama film Before the Fire. In the film, pandemic influenza forces Ava Boone to escape to her rural hometown, where she finds something more dangerous than any virus waiting for her.
‘The Kominsky Method’
Adams got a breakout role when she was cast in the Netflix comedy-drama series The Kominsky Method. Created by Chuck Lorre, the series premiered on 16 November 2018.
In the series, Adams portrayed the role of Darshani, one of the students of the acting class run by Sandy Kominsky (played by Michael Douglas). She played the role of a creative student with a streak of inner-darkness, who often finds inspiration from her twisted upbringing. In total, Adams appeared in 20 out of 22 episodes of the series.
The critically acclaimed series won the Golden Globe for ‘Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy’ in 2019. It also won the ‘AFI Award’ as ‘TV Program of the Year’ in 2019. The series also received nominations from several other awards, including the Primetime Emmy Awards, Screen Actor Guild Awards, and Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards.
The series ended in May 2021 after three seasons.
In addition to acting, Adams is also a screenwriter. She wrote the short fantasy drama As They Fade, a poetic story of a young girl named Abby (played by Shelby Flannery) who is trapped in time. The short was released in January 2010. She then penned the thriller drama film Before the Fire, in which she also starred. The film was first released on 7 March 2020 at Manchester Film Festival and Cinequest Film Festival. Later, it premiered on television on 30 December 2020.
According to Adams, Before the Fire is a story about “facing your trauma and finding redemption when all hope seems lost.”
Adams is currently working on creating a dark comedy, So Much, based on Anna Akana’s 2017 book titled ‘So Much I Want to Tell You: Letters to My Little Sister.’
A TV movie made for HBO Max, So Much will be starring Jim Parsons and Anna Akana. The TV movie is expected to be released in 2021.
Adams has also served as a producer for several shorts, such as Universal Superkinetics (2008), As They Fade (2010), Warren Budd and His Propeller Plane (2010), and Troop Hood (2015).
She also was one of the producers of the comedy mini-series Pretty Vacant (2016).
In addition, Adams will be serving as an executive producer for the upcoming TV movie So Much. In addition, she directed the short fantasy drama As They Fade in 2010. She also served as a casting director for a couple of series in 2016.
Adams is married to Los Angeles-based director and writer Jackson Adams, who worked extensively in original and commercial content online. Jackson is also the associate creative director at a content company called Porta A.
Did you Know?
- Adams' story hasn't been featured on a Wikipedia page yet.
- Adams has kept many aspects of her personal life private. Hence, information on her age, family, and early life remains undisclosed.