Over the years, many actors have left the movie world to join other mundane professions; a typical case is that of former actress Kay Panabaker, who gave up the glittering world of show biz to embrace an ordinary life as a zoologist. Kay was once in the thick of events in Hollywood after having started her career at a young age. She followed in the footsteps of her big sister Danielle Panabaker to begin stage acting before going ahead to star in movies, with her first gig being a voice role in Monster Inc (2001).
Her television debut was accomplished on the set of the soap opera Port Charles in 2002, after which she went on to guest appear in several hit shows like 7th Heaven, ER, and Angel. She played leading characters in a couple of Disney projects like Read it and Weep, starring alongside her big sister. Her break out role came in the 2009 reboot of Fame, portraying Jenny Garrison. Kay was part of the cast of Phil of the Future as Debbie Berwick and Summerland as Nikki Westerly. Presently, the younger sister of Danielle has left acting in a bid to join another profession as a zoologist, a decision which she took since 2012.
5 Things You Need To Know About Kay Panabaker
1. Birth Details
Kay Panabaker was born as the younger daughter of Harold Panabaker and his wife Donna (née Mayock) on the 2nd of May 1990, in Orange, Texas. Kay spent her formative years alongside her big sister Danielle who is older than her by two years and six months. Their dad worked in sales which means that the family frequently moved from place to place. They lived in Chicago, Illinois; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Atlanta, Georgia.
2. Academics Qualifications
Kay Panabaker attended Crone Middle School in Naperville, Illinois, completing her sixth grade before proceeding to Los Angeles, California in 2003. It was here she began her seventh grade as she also devoted more time to the performing arts. Despite combining acting and schoolwork, the young girl was able to focus on her education, graduating high school at the age of 13 as a valedictorian. She bagged a couple of academic scholarships as she attended Glendale Community College, majoring in acting and featuring on the Dean’s list.
At the age 15, Kay graduated with an honors associate degree from her community college as she went on to join the history program at UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles), graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree just before she turned 18.
The young talent was able to concentrate on acting for a while, however, after Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3: Viva la Fiesta where she portrayed the character of Rosa, Kay became jaded with the world of show biz and eventually went back to UCLA to study zoology. After that program, she took up a role at Disney’s Animal Kingdom as an animal keeper.
3. Awards and Accolades
The zoologist has a couple of accolades under her belt. At the Temecula Valley International Film Festival, she was bestowed with the Rising Star Award. She has also been recognized as a StarPower Ambassador with Starlight Children’s Foundation.
4. Relationship History
Kay Panabaker is perceived as a private person who is averse to going public with her romantic entanglements. However, her relationship history is not a long one as she seems to be solely focused on building a successful career. Kay does not make public appearances in the company of the opposite sex which has made it rather impossible to guess the current man in her life. Also, it is a known fact that she has never been married and does not have any kids.
But despite all Panabaker’s efforts to conceal her private affairs, the public still got to know that she was once an item with the popular American actor Chad Broskey. Though their relationship was short-lived, the duo had many things in common such as their love for animals and even had three dogs during their time together. Till date, Kay’s name has never been linked with any other man; she just loves to live the simple life traveling to several places.
5. Body Stats
Kay Panabaker is not endowed in the height department as she stands at exactly 5 feet (1.52 m) with a bodyweight of 54 kg. The zoologist is a grey-eyed blond with general body measurements listed as 32-24-34.