Jack Atkins made it to the top five of The Circle and we’ve learned a lot about the young competitor’s background. Jack was a favorite among fans and fellow players. Although Jack ended up leaving the Netflix social experiment without the winning $100,000 check, he did gain exposure and this could be lucrative down the line. From his age to his interests to where to follow him as he embarks on future endeavors, there is plenty to learn about Jack Atkins from The Circle.
Jack Atkins began his run on The Circle season 2 in a mysterious way. Instead of choosing to portray himself honestly to his competitors, Jack opted to enter The Circle as a catfish. Using pictures of a 21-year-old sorority girl by the name of Emily, Jack tricked other The Circle players into believing he was a good-natured young woman who was attending college. Apart from the obvious differences, Jack and the fictitious Emily are much more similar than they appear. Like Emily, Jack is a charismatic college student. He’s been inducted into a fraternity. At 20-years-old, Jack Atkins is the youngest player to compete on Netflix’s The Circle.
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Originally from New Haven, Connecticut, Jack’s approachable and nerdy spirit made him an unlikely contender to win the cutthroat Netflix competition. Fortunately, Jack’s clever strategy skills and charming personality kept him in the series from episode one all the way to the finale. Unlike other contestants, including singer and actor Terilisha, Jack did not have a profession to return to after his elimination from The Circle. This is because Jack is currently still studying at college. Jack’s journey on the series gave him a brief break from his studies at the University of Chicago. Set to graduate with the class of 2022, Jack studies astrophysics and economics at UChicago, along with his friend Mariel Glass. Jack used her pictures to create his catfish persona, “Emily.”
When Jack’s not busy studying, he is posting on social media. On Instagram, @jackatkins21 has garnered over 80,000 followers. Most of his posts are snippets of his favorite moments from his The Circle experience. However, fans can catch a glimpse of what Jack is like outside of the confined Netflix set if they scroll down far enough. Jack is a season 2 cast member whose Instagram tells fans a lot about him, from pictures with friends on the beach to recreations of challenges he failed while filming The Circle. Tech-savvy Jack is also active on TikTok, where he has received 1.6 million likes and reached almost 125,000 followers. On TikTok, Jack shares behind-the-scenes secrets from season 2 of The Circle, in addition to collaborating with other cast members on popular challenges. See a 2019 IG post of Jack’s below:
As the youngest player to grace The Circle with his charm, Jack Atkins made a lasting impression on fans of the Netflix reality series. With his whole life ahead of him, Jack’s performance on Netflix’s social experiment indicates a promising future for the astrophysics and economics major. For fans who are already missing their Jack Atkins intake, his social media presence reminds The Circle‘s viewers and competitors why they fell in love with him.
The Circle season 2 is now streaming on Netflix.
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Christopher Davis is a freelance reality TV writer for Screen Rant. Since his graduation from Emerson College with a degree in visual and media arts back in 2019, Christopher has pursued the ever-evolving field of entertainment journalism. In his free time, Christopher loves to write, rewatch old seasons of RHONY, and work on his death drop.