American actress Jenna Kurmemaj illuminates talent, elegance, and charisma despite her age. She made her on-screen debut at 11 on NBC’s supernatural TV series Manifest (2018) playing the role of Young Olive and landed another role in director Sylvia Caminer’s 2022 short film Laurina as Minnie.
Also, she has a knack for music and martial arts, which further shows how prolific the young actress is.
Check These 5 Engrossing Details About The Laurina Actress
1. How Old Is She?
Jenna Kurmemaj is currently 16 years old. She was born in the United States on the 22 of June 2007 as reported by many sources. But, loveohlust.com investigated further and discovered her date of birth to be 21st June 2007, which counters what other sites declared.
She is the youngest of her parents’ two daughters. Her 19 year-old older sister, Kayla Kurmemaj was born three years earlier on 29th April 2004. She seemed to be pretty much close to her older sister, whom she says is awesome.
Coming to her parents, Jenna is happy to be their child. This is seen in the way she speaks highly of them. She said her father Mr. Kurmemaji has a high sense of humor, while her mother Dina is very supportive and affectionate.
Judging from the above, it is evident the Manifest actress has a lovable and modest family.
2. Landed Her First Movie Role At 11
Jenna Kurmemaj made her acting debut at 11 on NBC’s TV series The Manifest as Young Olive Stone. She appeared in 6 episodes of the series such as Pilot, Unclaimed Baggage, Connecting Flights, Estimated Time of Departure, Black Box, and Coordinated Flight.
The series first premiered in September 2018 and was canceled by NBC at the end of the series’ third season. But it was added to Netflix before the cancelation and the charts hit the roof. Thus, it was renewed for a fourth and final season by Netflix.
Furthermore, the series earned two award nominations in 2019. First, it was nominated for Saturn Awards in the BestScience Fiction TV Series category, and second, for Imagen Awards in the BestPrimetime Program-Drama category.
Moving forward, the 16 year-old made another appearance in the short film Laurina (2022), where she portrays the character of Minnie. The short film tells the story of Laurina, a young Italian immigrant who was a victim of abuse and molestation. It was directed by Sylvia Caminer and features Stephen Schnetzer, Michalina Scorzelli, Adriana Camposano, and Chris Gaunt among others.
3. She Earned A Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt At 11
The Laurina actress wants to be physically and mentally alert to defend herself whenever the situation calls for it. So she enrolled at the famous Zanchin Self Defense Academy in Syosset, New York where she learned the techniques of martial arts, especially Jiu-Jitsu.
She earned her Jiu-Jitsu black belt at the age of 11 in December 2018. Three years later, she got her first-degree Jiu-Jitsu black belt in August 2021 after turning 14.
After receiving her Goshin-Bodu Jiu-Jitsu certificate, she appreciated her instructor, Sensei Karen Lamb for doing a great job, and Mr. Michael for being of immense help.
Many of her Instagram followers congratulated her for achieving the milestone. Some even joke about her being a karate kid now.
4. Kurmemaji Is A Violin Player
Jenna Kurmemaj should be called a genius for being tremendously good in everything she puts her hand into. She has a penchant for music, which goes beyond signing to playing the violin.
The young actress is blessed with a unique voice such that whenever she sings, people applaud her. Also, she has done a couple of covers and even presented on the stage. Her ability to hold the mic and face the crowd is seen as another talent she could explore to pursue a career on broadway. However only time would tell the direction she would take.
5. She Is Honing Her Acting Skills At “From Stage To Screen”
While Jenna has the world at her feet with so much talent in music and acting, she is currently developing her skills at “From Stage to Screen” Performing Arts Academy in West Hills, New York. The Academy congratulated her when she landed her first role on NBC’s Manifest and wished her more success in the coming years.
Jenna Kurmemaj made her acting debut at the age of 11 in NBC’s 2018 TV series Manifest as Young Olive. Four years after her debut, she played the role of Winnie in director Sylvia Caminer’s 2022 short film Laurina. Also, she is a martial artist having earned a first-degree black belt in Jiu-Jitsu, and a violin player. At the moment, she has shone her versatility in acting and music, but a big question remains where she would pitch her tent? Whichever direction she goes, she would be a success.
In addition, she is not the first to make an appearance on the silver screen at 11, Vin Diesel’s daughter Hania Riley Sinclair landed hers at 11 too.