Jendt Hawkins

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(1993-07-21) July 21, 1993 (age 30)
Antioch, CA, U.S.
Alma materBrigham Young University (Bachelor of Fine Arts)
  • Actor
  • Writer
  • Producer
Years active2018–present

Jendt Hawkins, known professionally as JJ Hawkins, is an American actor, writer, and producer[1]. Born and raised in Antioch, CA, he began acting in high school. He moved to Los Angeles, CA in 2015 and began acting professionally. After moving to LA, he came out as transgender and acted through his transition. He was raised a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and graduated from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. [2]

Early Life

JJ was born with the name Jenna Hawkins. He attended Deer Valley High School in Antioch, CA, where he first started acting. He was crowned Homecoming Queen his senior year.[3] He then attended BYU, where he became involved with Understanding Sexuality, Gender, and Allyship (USGA) [formerly Understanding Same-Gender Attraction][4] and was featured in their viral "It Gets Better" video for the It Gets Better Project. [5] He was the vice-president of USGA his senior year.[6] JJ moved to Los Angeles and was a substitute teacher at Ramón C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts in Downtown Los Angeles.[7]


JJ first came to prominence playing the first out non-binary character on national television, Riley Hooper, on the CBS show The Red Line.[8] After multiple CBS shows, including a guest star role written for him as Jax Hopkins (off JJ Hawkins) on All Rise.[9] JJ also received international attention for playing the first transgender character in The CW show Charmed. [10]


JJ was marked by Variety Magazine as one of the Top 20 Actors from Historically Underrepresented Communities[11]. He also was titled Actor of the Month by the Casting Society of America teamed with IMDbPro for the month of December 2020.[12] Jason Kennedy of the CSA noted in the article that JJ "is on the verge of stardom."[12] JJ was also a cast member of the Sony Diverse Actor's Showcase in 2022. [13]

Personal Life

JJ is publicly out as transgender. His pronouns are he/him or they/them.[14] He currently has a girlfriend.[15]


  2. Moore, Camille (November 24, 2020). "10 Things You Didn't Know about J.J. Hawkins".
  3. "School Bell: Deer Valley celebrates homecoming with rally, skits". October 6, 2010.
  4. "'It Gets Better Project' tour comes to Ogden | Signpost". October 16, 2013.
  5. "It Gets Better at Brigham Young University" – via
  7. "JJ Hawkins on Instagram: "I've been fortunate enough to be a substitute teacher for the LAUSD the last four school years as my day job here in LA and today I stand with my friends and coworkers in UTLA. Public education is desperately important and we shouldn't need to be this loud for that to be heard."". Instagram.
  8. "JJ Hawkins Is a Trans Actor Playing a Trans Role on 'The Red Line'". May 3, 2019.
  9. "All Rise (TV Series 2019– ) - IMDb" – via
  10. Ramos, Dino-Ray; Ramos, Dino-Ray (November 17, 2020). "J.J. Hawkins To Play First Transgender Character On 'Charmed'".
  11. Tangcay, Jazz; Tangcay, Jazz (December 9, 2020). "Casting Society Announces Top 20 List of Actors From Historically Underrepresented Communities (EXCLUSIVE)".
  12. 12.0 12.1 "The Casting Society of America".
  13. "Dylan J. Locke on Instagram: "Over the moon to have been part of the 2022 Sony Pictures Television Diverse Actors Showcase 🎭 @sptv So much love to the cohort, and of course to @amandafta31 , @theloreng_ , @dawnsg23 and @kameronjbrown for creating such a fantastic program. Not to mention inimitable guest speakers like @iamterrencet , @briansaysthat , @claudiadoumit , Malcolm Barrett, Yolanda Guillen, Brandi Albahary, Brad Lemack, and Gohar Gazazyan, and our amazing host @roselyn_sanchez Biggest shoutout to the best manager @thepauloandres for submitting me for this and for the support and encouragement. Between @rothmanandres and @mediaartistsgroup , couldn't ask for better reps!!! Also massive kudos to @krazilygeeky for being such an amazing reader for my showcase scene! And finally, thanks @thetalanderson for the awesome graphic!"". Instagram.
  14. "JJ Hawkins to Make History On 'Charmed' as Show's First Trans Actor". November 19, 2020.
  15. "JJ Hawkins on Instagram: "It's June so I'll tell you what I'm proud of"". Instagram.

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