From the classroom to the camera: aspring actress Jade Tuck makes her way to the big screen


Actress Jade Tuck has an impressive resume, as she has been on SNL and Orange is the New Black!

For many, professional acting is just a dream, but North Penn Alumni Jade Tuck isn’t “many.” After countless hours of rehearsing lines, trips to New York, and more late nights than imaginable, Tuck has secured some roles of a lifetime, but she’s only just begun.

Class of 2021 North Penn graduate, Jade Tuck, has valued the art of performance for as long as she can remember. As Tuck grew up, she used singing to express herself and found comfort in the music and acting that surrounded her everyday life.

“I have so many hobbies that I love, like acting, singing, and playing the guitar. I have been singing since I could talk, so when I got to high school, I joined the choir, which really helped me find my voice,” Tuck explained.

When little children tell their parents that they want to be stars, a laugh and nod usually ends the conversation, but this was not the case for Tuck’s parents. Although skeptical at first, Tuck’s parents did everything in their power to help her achieve her goals, whether it involved auditions hours away or sending her to an acting school to receive the education and support she needed to be successful in such a competitive field.

“I always knew that I wanted to be an actress, but my parents didn’t take it very seriously at first because they thought I was too young,” Tuck said. “Later, I started acting and even booked roles on tv shows. About two years ago, I was on SNL! I’m so passionate about acting; I love having the ability to bring someone else’s story to life.”

Acting on shows like Saturday Night Live and Orange Is The New Black gave Tuck a feel of what the entertainment industry is like, and that’s when she truly fell in love. Tuck attributes much of her success to the dedication and persistence she put into this career and the opportunities she has been presented with.

“When I was younger, I went to an acting school in Philadelphia, and at the end of certain classes, they had agents and managers that would come and watch students perform, and luckily, I was signed by a manager right away,” Tuck shared. “I had some of the best opportunities at that school, and I would never take it for granted. Without that school, I would’ve never made it on tv shows like Orange is the New Black or Saturday Night Live.”

No matter what direction Tuck’s future is headed in, she ensures it will be fulfilling. Tuck has dreams to inspire others in her shoes and help young actresses accomplish their goals and overcome adversities just as she did hers. 

“I really would like to see my future working on major movies and tv shows, hoping to inspire other young black female actors,” Tuck said.