China Anne McClain
China Anne McClain
|Date of Birth||
August 25, 1998
|Place of Birth||
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
2005–10: Early work and Tyler Perry's House of Payne
McClain was discovered in 2005 by a music executive who heard her sing and encouraged director Rob Hardy to audition her for his 2005 feature film The Gospel alongside Boris Kodjoe Hkennedy and Idris Elba. Her role caught the attention of Tyler Perry, who cast her as Jazmine Payne in the television series Tyler Perry's House of Payne.
She appears in the movie Daddy's Little Girls. when Her real-life sisters, Sierra, and Lauryn who are also actresses, play her older sisters in the film. Her father, Michael McClain, is a music producer. Her mother, Shontell, is a songwriter. McClain appeared in and guest-starred in various other shows and movies such as Hannah Montana, NCIS and the 2009 film Hurricane Season. She also appeared in the movie Grown Ups as Charlotte McKenzie. In the same year when she landed a recurring role as Kiara on Jonas L.A. and was featured on the Jonas L.A. (soundtrack).
2011–present: A.N.T. Farm and music career
McClain appeared on the Disney Channel series Wizards of Waverly Place in 2011 as Tina in one episode "Wizards vs. Angels". In 2011 McClain was cast as the lead role in the Disney Channel series A.N.T. Farm along with Sierra McCormick, Jake Short, Carlon Jeffery, and Stefanie Scott. For the show, McClain recorded a cover of Taio Cruz's "Dynamite". She also sings the series theme song, "Exceptional". China Anne's first music video, for "Dynamite", premiered on July 23, 2011 on Disney Channel. After less than a week, more than 1 million views on YouTube were reported. She has appeared in an episode of PrankStars. She also appeared in the Chiddy Bang Opposite Of Adults music video. For the Disney Channel Halloween special in 2011, she came out with the song, "Calling All The Monsters" .
She co-starred in the 2013 sequel Grown Ups 2. On December 27, 2013, it was announced on her Twitter page that A.N.T. Farm would be ending after its 3rd season. On the same day, it was revealed that the McClain Sisters had left Hollywood Records. In the March/April 2014 issue of BYOU Magazine, China said it was "bittersweet" that A.N.T Farm was ending, and announced plans to focus on doing music with her sisters. McClain appeared on ABC's Sing Your Face Off television show, broadcast from May 31 – June 14, 2014, winning the show's first season.
In 2015, McClain was featured in the FOX series Bones in the episode "The Lost in the Found", playing Kathryn Walling. She also appeared in the Netflixcomputer-animated series VeggieTales in the House, voiced the role Jenna Chive, a parody of herself. As a part of the various artist who contributed to the Descendants album, McClain performed the song "Night is Young", the song was featured in the film and was also on the Descendants album. McClain also starred in the computer-animated series Descendants: Wicked World, based on the Disney Channel Original Movie Descendants.
She voiced Freddie, the daughter of Dr. Facilier. She played the villain Uma, the daughter of Ursula, in Descendants 2. She is also scheduled to appear in the third movie of the Descendants trilogy: Descendants 3. In 2016, she recorded the action thriller film Blood Brother, co-starring with Trey Songz and Ron Killings. The film will be released in the summer. She was also part of the cast of 3D computer-animated action-drama film Bilal.
In 2017, it was announced that she had been cast as Jennifer Pierce in the Black Lightning pilot for the CW.
China Anne McClain was born in Atlanta, Georgia where she also goes to school. Both of her sisters also act. She enjoys reading and sunflower seeds. The Hunger Games and the Twilight series are among her favorites.
|2005||The Gospel||Alexis||Film debut|
|2006–2011||Tyler Perry's House of Payne||Jazmine Payne||(Seasons 1-4 season 5 absent season 6; main; Season 7; recurring)|
|2007||A Dennis the Menace Christmas||Margaret||Direct-to-video movie|
|Daddy's Little Girls||China James|
|2008||Six Blocks Wide||Neighbor #8|
|Jimmy Kimmel Live!||Sasha Obama||TV series (uncredited)|
|2009||Hannah Montana||Isabel||1 episode ("Welcome to the Bungle")|
|NCIS||Kayla Vance||1 episode ("Knockout")|
|Jack and Janet Save the Planet||Janet||TV movie|
|2010||Hurricane Season||Alana Collins||Direct-to-video movie|
|Grown Ups||Charlotte McKenzie|
|Jonas L.A.||Kiara||3 episodes (Guest star)|
|2011||Wizards of Waverly Place||Tina||1 episode ("Wizards vs Angels")|
|2011–2014||A.N.T. Farm||Chyna Parks||Lead role; Disney Channel Original Series|
|2011||PrankStars||Herself||Special Guest Star|
|So Random||Herself||Musical Guest Star|
|2017||Descendants 2||Uma||Main Character|
|2019||Descendants 3||Uma||Main Character|
|2018||Descendants: Under The Sea An Descendants Short Story||Uma||Main Character|
- A.N.T. Farm Soundtrack (2011)
- TBA (Three McClain Sisters) (2012)
|2011||"Dynamite"||A.N.T. Farm Soundtrack||Premiered on Disney Channel|
|"Calling All the Monsters"||Premiered on Disney Channel and charted at #100 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and #91 on the Canadian Hot 100.|
As Featured Artist
|"Your Biggest Fan"
(Nick Jonas featuring China Anne McClain)
|2011||Dynamite||Music Video Premiered on Disney Channel|
|Calling All the Monsters|
|2017||What's My Name?||Music Video Premiered on Disney Channel and the DisneyMusicVevo.|
|2011||Teen Icon Awards||Icon To Tomorrow||A.N.T. Farm||Pending|