Hollywood’s increasing commitment to diversity and the ever-growing number of shows and films on both television and the big screen has made it possible for people of color to showcase their talents and gain a footing in the industry. Since the year 2000, one of them has been the actress, Paige Hurd, who has appeared in over 25 movies and TV shows ever since.
Her work has cut across both film and TV, with appearances in major projects like The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, Everybody Hates Chris, A Girl Like Grace and a few more others. It has been a modestly successful career for Paige Hurd since she made her debut and, in this article, we explore her journey along with six interesting facts about her.
Who is Paige Hurd?
She was born Paige Audrey Marie Hurd on the 20th of July, 1992, to a mixed-race family of an African American father and Puerto Rican mother in Dallas, Texas. Growing up, she was raised alongside four siblings.
Paige was still a child when she fell in love with acting and within the first 10 years of her life, specifically at the age of eight, she made her debut in an episode of Felicity in the year 2000, playing the character, Natasha. Since then, she has made subsequent appearances in various films and TV shows to date, growing her filmography to an admirable extent.
Some of her more significant works include her role as Tasha Clarkson in the American sitcom, Everybody Hates Chris, a recurring role as Samantha Grover in Hawaii Five-O and an appearance as Andrea in the film, A Girl Like Grace. Having established who she is, here are six interesting facts you should know about her.
Six Interesting Facts About Her
- DMX is her godfather
When it comes to her childhood, not much is known about Paige Hurd but we can categorically say that her godfather is the popular rapper, DMX. Since she began her career as an actress, she has appeared in a movie with her godfather, where she played his daughter, Vanessa in Cradle 2 the Grave. The 2003 movie also featured iconic martial artist and actor, Jet Li.
- She has appeared in some music videos
When it comes to music videos, vixens and models are commonplace stars but sometimes, real actors and actresses feature in the visual expression of the musician’s story. Paige has appeared in several of them, one of which is the Jasmine Villegas’s video for the song, I Own This. Others include Steph Jones’ Beautiful and Justin Bieber’s Never Let You Go, where she played his love interest, and Romeo Miller’s Mistletoe, along with a few more others.
- Paige Hurd trained professionally to be an actress
Child actors are not traditionally expected to go under any formal training before appearing onscreen and considering Paige Hurd began her career as a child, it would have been fair to think she didn’t. She, however, did. She began her career training under Linda Seto at the Dallas Young Actors Studio. With over 25 movies and TV shows under her belt, we would say she learned a lot.
- Her brother battled cancer
For a period in her family, cancer was a huge challenge. Her brother, Pierce, suffered from the terrible disease but through the wonders of modern treatment, survived and is now free of the ailment.
- She has been in a few relationships
Paige Hurd has been in a few relationships since she came onto the popularity scene and one of them was with her first known boyfriend, PJ Scott whom she began dating in 2007. They were together for two years before they broke up in 2009. Other relationships were with Corde Broadus, Steph Jones, Percy Miller, Justin Combs, Lil Twist, and Cortez Bryant, all between 2010 and 2013.
Since 2013, she has been in a relationship with Maurice Harkless, a professional basketball player, who like her, also has African American/Puerto Rican background. The two have remained together with no inkling of a breakup rumor.
- Paige has a sizeable net worth
Paige Hurd is yet to develop into a leading actress and even if she never achieves that, it would have very little impact on her ability to live a semi-luxurious life as long as she keeps getting her supporting and minor roles. So far, by playing those roles, she has amassed a personal net worth of $1 million already.