A 6-time award-winning actress Kayden Brenna Tokarski is 13 years old and is a powerhouse of performance.
Kayden portrays young Julia Roberts (Martha Mitchell) on the political thriller television series Gaslit. The series premiered on Starz on April 24, 2022, and stars Roberts, Dan Stevens, Sean Penn, Shea Whigham, and Betty Gilpin.
The child actress has starred in several other films including Amazon Prime's My Melancholy Baby (2021). She played the role of Lily Burrows in the short film and appeared alongside Sage Kirkpatrick, Tank Jones, and Dylan Sharon.
Tokarski started her professional acting career in 2020 appearing in the television mini-series CGEM Kids Square. The film was released on June 12, 2020, in the United States and starred Maggie Pacleb, Koda Baker, and Byron Pierre McCray Jr.
Continue reading to learn more facts about the emerging star who has successfully charmed viewers with her amazing acting skills.
1. Kayden Brenna Tokarski Is 13 Years Old
Gaslit star Kayden Brenna Tokarski, 13, was just four when she first caught the acting bug.
She started her acting career with minor roles on television and in various commercials.
After watching an episode of Good Luck Charlie on the Disney Channel, she was drawn to one of the actors on the show. She soon discovered her passion and love for acting and decided to pursue a career in acting.
As a thirteen-year-old girl, Kayden has achieved a lot that most adults dream of. Besides being an actress, Kayden is also a singer and competitive diver. She reached junior Olympics status on the 1-meter as a professional diver.
With years of practice, training with acting coaches, traveling to Los Angeles for auditions, and dealing with several rejections, Kayden finally earned a role in the television mini-series CGEM Kids Square in 2020.
The same year, she landed the role of Elise in the short film 8 Nights of Christmas, written and directed by Max Rogoff. Her character in the film struggles to find meaning in her traditional Hanukah celebration amidst Christmas festivities.
2. Kayden Brenna Tokarski Was Born To Craig And Kelly Tokarski
Up-and-coming young actress Kayden Brenna Tokarski was born to her parents, Craig and Kelly Tokarski.
She was born and brought up by her loving family in Laguna Niguel, Orange County, California.
Her beloved mother, Kelly, is a writer and is available on Instagram under the username @kellytokarski. She has 792 posts on the platform and has garnered over 1.1k followers. She usually shares loving pictures of her kids and husband on Instagram.
After watching an episode of Good Luck Charlie she told her mother she wanted to be an actress in the near future. Kelly didn't think it was possible at the time but the child was determined to turn her dream into a fruitful reality.
Tokarski began her professional acting career at age 10. Additionally, she appeared in the 33rd annual Walk Against Drugs (2021) as a keynote speaker in Orange County last year. She also served as a celebrity speaker for the 2021 Red Cross Los Angeles fundraiser.
3. Kayden Brenna Tokarski Has A Younger Brother
Kayden is not the only child of her parents and grew up alongside her younger brother, Hudson.
The actress and her little brother are often featured on their mother's Instagram. Hudson celebrated his eleventh birthday on October 13, 2022. Kelly took to her Instagram to share loving snaps from her son's birthday party.
She captioned the post, "I can't believe you are 11 years old, Hudson! You are such a loving, smart, and funny boy, and I am so incredibly proud to be your mom."
4. Kayden Tokarski Earned A Starring Role In Apocalypse Love Story
Kayden Tokarski got the first taste of her success after being cast in the starring role "Apocalypse Love Story."
She was a sixth-grader at Aliso Viejo Middle School when she earned the lead role in the independent film directed and written by Justin Wilder Neese. The film focuses on an 8-year-old girl Sam (Kayden) and an 8-year-old boy James (Byron McCray).
Both kids are the sole survivors of an ecological worldwide apocalypse. The director described the movie as a tale of self-discovery, friendship, survival, and love. It was filmed at several locations around Southern California.
Tokarski auditioned for the role of San after her mother, Kelly, saw the casting call for the part. After a couple of months, the actress got the good news. Initially, Justin was considering two other actors for the parts but was captivated by Kayden.
The more he watched Tokarski and her videos on social media, the more he was caught by her ability and energy. He began recasting and she was his first choice. Justin says, "Every day, I was more blown away by her skills."
6. She Is A 6-Time Award-Winning Actor
Orange County native Kayden has won six best acting honors in less than two years since her debut.
The 13-year-old actress won her sixth Best Young Acting Award since 2021. Most recently, Tokarski won an award for Best Child/Young Actress from the Indie Short Fest Los Angeles International Film Festival on September 29.
Kayden won a 2022 Silver Best Acting Duo and a Gold Best Young Actress Award from the Independent Shorts Film Festival for her remarkable performance in "I Miss Her, Too." She also won the Best Actress Award from Vegas Shorts.
Following her performance in the 2021 independent movie "Message from the Mermaid," Kayden won two best Young Actor Awards. She received the International Gold Best Young Actress Actor at the Venice Shorts Film Festival.
She says she is grateful for the recognition of her world. "It's an incredible honor and something I will never forget," the actress said to Patch while on the set of Dhar Mann Studios in Burbank.
Kayden continues to work hard with her carts and is currently filming a science fiction SAF-AFTRA feature film Roswell Delirium, directed and written by Richard Bakewell. The film is set to be released in August 2023.